Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Folks, if you're "for" this hateful "Go back to where you came from" post & email that's been going around like a bad smell, give your freaking head a shake.

How come? Well, lotsa reasons. The least significant reason is that the Australian Prime Minister didn't actually say it, so it's a made-up quote, pandering to xenophobes and trying to convince people that being an asshole is patriotic. Check it out on Hoax-slayer.com if you feel like it. There's lots of hateful stuff on there, created by people who want to legitimize their xenophobia and racism.

More imporantly, you should give your head a shake because the whole thing is simply about hate. If you're all about hate, then I'd like you to go back to where you came from, which is under a big wormy rock. But if you're not, read this bit again and give your head another shake, because if you've ever sent this thing to anybody or posted it on facebook, you're an idiot.

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'  

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'  

Nice, eh?

Now look around you. Maybe even look at your list of facebook friends. Look at your co-workers. Look at your clients and customers. Look at some of your family members. I think you might owe a few of them an apology.

Never mind that Australia, like many countries in the developed world (Hello Canada!) wasn't actually founded by your fellow whities. It was really "founded" by the folks who lived there first - ya know, the first peoples. In fact, Australian Aboriginal culture goes backat least 50,000 years.Then the so-called Christians came along and screwed them over big time 200 years ago. 50,000 years versus 200 years. And guess who wants the newcomers to leave. Yep, the so-called Christians. Yeah, Jesus woulda liked that, eh? Not bloody much.

My friend Lynne has weighed in on this too - in X is for Xenophobe. One of the many reasons I love her.

Hatred's a big commodity out there these days. It's fun, cool, and profitable to court the powerful, and to pander to the majority. Give some thought to your actions and beliefs. This "go back to where you came from" bullshit panders to the powerful, the incurious and those too lazy to get to know anybody who's not exactly like them. It's got nothing to do with who "founded" this country.

Just ask the folks in Attawapiskat. They were here first. The big white (so-called) Christian majority isn't embracing their now-fucked-over culture, are they.


  1. I was recently surprised to have a family member talk this way. What I can't figure out is why some people are so threatened by the smallest things -- like if someone says the word "holiday" instead of "Christmas." It's not like they are forcing you to do the same; it won't actually hurt you in any way if another person has different word choices.

    And what exactly would be the point of wishing "Merry Christmas" to someone you knew to be of a non-christian religion? It's nonsensical.

    You go, girl!

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  3. (Oopsies...)

    Well, I'm an Aussie and in all honesty, I have not seen nor heard that quote publicised anywhere. There is no way in the world our Prime Minister would ever say that as it would be political suicide. There was a politician, however - Pauline Hanson - who did take that angle in her campaigning and was backed mostly by racists and second world war veterans. I know that Australians are sold world-wide as a bunch of bigots and racists but that has not been my experience with the majority. If you have neighbours on both sides of your home who are "white" (Christianity is not really a factor here), then you're in the minority - and everyone is pretty cool with that. Cultural diversity rocks.

    Also, our politicians are very careful these days with comments regarding our indigenous population. They pussyfoot around them, as they should after what went down in the first century of colonisation.

  4. Not many (vocal, at least) haters in my immediate everyday circles, and those unavoidable ones connected to family I try to ignore. But every once in a while a blast back is necessary, and you do a great job here. Say it!

  5. I didn't even know that 'quote' existed - as another Australian, I can agree with Marnie that the 'Christian' thing doesn't even generally factor into the arguments of the racist minority here. It reads like it was written by an American (we don't have a 'pledge'!) ... Strange and ugly, the things that some people do.

  6. Interesting how some phrases from a marginal politician in Australia from years ago got appropriated by the US right-wingies. Shameless. And disturbing that friends who I thought were a lot wiser are posting this kind of stuff.