This morning there was an exchange on Bolt on the issue of race in the context of Qantas’ Recognise plane.
This is how I understood the exchange: Andrew Bolt made the point that being divisive on the basis of race makes someone a racist. Craig Emerson responded, under that definition, then he – Andrew Bolt – was a racist because of the articles that led to the 18c conviction.
I don’t believe for one second that Andrew is a racist and I think 18c should be repealed – in fact, the entire RDA should be repealed. But back to this morning …
The Recognise campaign, and Tony Abbott’s proposed constitutional amendment, is not racist because it’s divisive (Tony – you need to get with Team Australia), it is racist because it proposes to grant special privileges to a group of individuals on the basis of race.
In South Africa that policy was labelled “Apartheid” and after giving it a red hot go, it turns out to not have been such a good idea.