Racism

There has been a performance at the Victorian College of Arts by a 20 year old student, Isabelle Mason, called Where We Stand that asks people to ‘process their positionality in a colonial state and in a world where whiteness is privileged’. In the show, white Australians are deliberately and systematically discriminated against. This is something that no minority group in modern Australia suffers.

Such identity politics is of course a nonsense – we can observe privilege  in all manner of people unrelated to race. It is also unhelpful by encouraging some people to see themselves as victims and others as oppressors.

In fact western society has been the most successful in human history of integrating people from all backgrounds and providing opportunities to everyone not found in other cultures and civilisations. Multiculturalism is a western concept.

Mason has been criticised for ‘reverse racism’ although so called ‘reverse racism’ is really racism by another name.

She claims to be ‘insulted’

The literal definition of racism refers to the discrimination against minorities. White people are not a minority here meaning reverse racism is not a thing.

Well the literal definition of racism says nothing at all about discrimination about minorities. Whichever dictionary one chooses the definition is pretty much the same as that of the Macquarie:

Racism noun: (1) the belief that human races have distinctive characteristics which determine their respective cultures, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule or dominate others,

(2) a policy or system of government and society based upon such a belief

(3) behaviour or language based on this kind of belief in relation to a person or persons of a particular race, colour, descent or ethnic origin, either demonstrating an inherent prejudice without specific hostile intent or, alternatively, intended to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate

(4) such behaviour or language used against people of a different nationality.

While there will be always individuals in a country that are racist, western countries are among the few where people are judged by the quality of their character not the colour of their skin.

This performance is somewhat racist. I don’t think it should be banned, but Mason should be called out for engaging in behaviour that divides rather than unites. She seeks to divide rather than unite. And she should carefully study the meaning of racism. She should read the words of Martin Luther King and other great western philosophers of the Enlightenment rather than generalising about Australian citizens of European descent. Anyone who lives in Australia is privileged compared to those living in many other countries. We don’t need to check our privilege, we just need to act as exemplars for our countries to follow our good traits while ignoring those less good. We are by no means perfect, but still more people seek to move to Australia than leave. We will continue to provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds provided we maintain a strong commitment to western enlightenment values and laws. But once we start moving down the path of identity politics, division and pandering to group sensibilities we will gradually become more like those numerous countries where poverty, low living standards, division, and yes racism become the norm.

Western countries have been at the forefront of abolishing slavery, providing opportunities and eradicating racism. It would be a shame if we started moving in the opposite direction.

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51 Responses to Racism

  1. hzhousewife

    Mason is vindicated by the storm of reaction she has generated. However, she has yet to obtain a paid gig in the real economy, being only 20 years old. She will need to develop exceeding good skills at Grant Application 101 PLUS. Probably will too, her future is rosy I would say. She’ll be a shoe-in for Dark Mofo next year!

  2. Malcolm Thomas

    Mason is only 20. No doubt like many 20 year olds, she is passionate about addressing the world’s ills, as she sees them (or, at least, as she has been taught to see them). She is an adult, but just a young adult with a lot of growing and even more leaning to do. One day, hopefully, she will appreciate the folly and naivete of her little play.
    (BTW, I hope this comment was only optimally condescending).

  3. rickw

    ‘process their positionality in a colonial state and in a world where whiteness is privileged’

    The colonial era saved brown people from the brutality and desperation of tribal life, now that the colonial era has ended, brown people get to return to their brutal and desperate tribal lives.

  4. Anyone offended

    I am amazed that no one has been offended and applied S18c of the RDA against her.

  5. Cato

    You won’t get the same definition in every dictionary. Macquarie is, as usual, slanting the product. I prefer Oxford, which offers this:

    1Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

    Spot the difference? Under the Macquarie definition, the “blank slate” theory is adopted and noticing that people are different is racist.

  6. OneWorldGovernment

    fucking blacks on every continent hate whites.

    In fact in africa if you are born white then the booga-booga man will cut you to pieces.

  7. Billie

    Reverse Reconciliation with pike

  8. MichelLasouris

    The farce being played out in the Med begs the question..why are the Europeans doing nothing to stem the flow where it starts by leafleting the countries that export . Ask the questions : were you invited to our house/town/country? Do you speak our language? Do you really have any skills that we need?
    If the answers are No then you will be dropped off somewhere close to where you started.
    That should fix the problem. There are then no excuses to even try if the would be immigrant have not tried through the legitimate channels.
    The Australians have successfully made the point’ the boats stopped. Are the Europeans that thick?

  9. struth

    Marxist brainwashed little bitch.
    Until we forget about her stupidity and naivety and concentrate our firepower on those that filled her head with this Marxist civilisation destroying evil, we will get nowhere.
    It all starts in our schools.

  10. Mother Lode

    The literal definition of racism refers to the discrimination against minorities.

    Is it any surprise that someone as sloppy with the concepts with which she claims especial competence would produce such a debauched pile of dross?

    It also highlights the problem with treating people’s sense of being offended as something objectively valid to all third parties – her grievance is based on her error. How can other people be expected to act according to an error they don’t make.

    In the sum 1+1, there is one right answer and an infinite number of wrong ones. She would oblige us to act according to the one and the infinite.

  11. As far as I’m aware, the University of Melbourne has not condemned this racism at one of its affiliated colleges.
    Utterly disgraceful.

  12. A Lurker

    It all starts in our schools.

    It all starts in our universities where student-teachers are brainwashed by those who are already brainwashed.
    The tertiary education swamp has to be drained first.
    Eliminate taxpayer funding to any university or course that promotes anti-Western Civilization, anti-freedom of speech, pro-Marxist ideology.

  13. Mother Lode

    …asks people to ‘process their positionality in a colonial state and in a world where whiteness is privileged’.

    This is absurd.

    No one is aware of their ‘positionality in a colonial state blah blah blah’. This only comes about by internalising a suite of ideas.

    She could as easily tell people to assume that the earlier in the month you were born makes you luckier, then tell them to line up according to luck. When they do it, she takes it as demonstrating her original claim.

    Then she cements it, and gets people to invest in her theory by encouraging the people at the later end that it is unfair that the people at the front had all the luck just by dint of birth. And to the people at the front encourage them to show magnanimity by apologising and handing money over to people at the end.

    We now have the aggrieved and the conspicuously virtuous – both now emotionally attached to the theory.

    And everything that could have been achieved without the false dictates of this theory is foregone.

    All of them flawed people. The ones at the back so ready to sheet blame for anything they don’t like in their life to other people (and hence not deal with them themselves), and the ones at the front feeling guilty of they know not what latching onto this birthday thing, going through the motions of expiation for this convenient phantasm rather than addressing real issues.

  14. Diogenes

    Logically if the physical difference between our plumbing can be ignored and result in gender being just a social construct, then skin colour, epicanthic folds, hair colour, hair type can also be ignored and race is just a social construct ? (the question marks is deliberate). Even more so as some of these physical traits can be added /removed by drugs & plastic surgery

    Therefore today I identify as a female member of the Apache, (as opposed to my normal male Caucasian).

  15. bollux

    ” It would be a shame if we started moving in the opposite direction.” What rock have you been living under Lucy?

  16. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    Seems to me this would be a good case for Dr. Tim Soup to pursue but no he would likely say it’s not racism when its directed at white folk. Hypocrisy write large.

  17. John Constantine

    Just standard “Warring Down” to wear away at old Australia.

    Getting people to respond on a race basis is a success for their left in selecting the battleground of their choice.

    Kids versus adults is the battleground the left goes Ayrshire having to fight on, so they always try to lure their enemies over out onto the race based killing ground.

    Comrades.

  18. candy

    I bet only students and their friends turn up to watch. It sounds dull.

    Is anyone really and truly entertained by thinking about their positionality in a colonial state on an evening out?

  19. Roger

    She should read the words of Martin Luther King and other great western philosophers of the Enlightenment rather than generalising about Australian citizens of European descent.

    She’s been raised in cultural Marxism and only deals in collectives.

    All whites are racist oppressors of coloured people, by definition.

  20. H B Bear

    Any whitefella turning up to this deserves exactly what they get. Not that that will stop them down there in Victoriastan. They love this sh1t.

  21. pbw

    Cato,

    The name Isabelle Mason sounds a white. If she is so, then by the Oxford definition, she and her performance can’t be racist. She believes that her own race is inferior.

  22. Lutz

    She should study how for example Malaysia treats their minority Chinese and Indian population.

  23. privilege

    Boy, these plonkers do not know when to be thankful. The stock of wealth that they have inherited in in the Australian capitalist society is unheard of. Grumblers. Wait till the next recession hits in the land of Oz!

  24. Roger

    It is also unhelpful by encouraging some people to see themselves as victims and others as oppressors.

    Unhelpful? You might say that.

    It’s the modus operandi by which the revolution is advanced: cultural Marxism 101, divide society into the oppressed and their oppressors.

    And these people are not reformable* through exposure to the Enlightenment, Lucius; they are on this side of your Enlightenment. The progression plays like this: a traditional society gives way to liberalism, which in time gives way to radicalism, which in time leads to totalitarianism, out of the dust of which a new culture may arise.

    * although they may be convertible.

  25. Robbo

    Mason is 20 years old and has demonstrated that she is certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Perhaps it would be better to treat her as just another wide eyed leftie idiot, for that is certainly what she is, and consign her and her stupidity to the rubbish bin.

  26. Mother Lode

    It used to be, only a few years ago, that parties on the left let the ABC run rampant because they were on the same side while people in the party on the right were scared of being caught in the $1 billion behemoth’s cross-hairs.

    The only change since then is most in the party on the ‘right’ also now agree with the ABC.

  27. Rococo Liberal

    It’s not cultural Marxism , but folk Marxism.
    The fact is that today’s lefties have no idea who Marx was and have never read a word of his writings. They don’t give a toss about the proletariat. In an intergenerational game of Chinese whispers, the modern left has evolved from economics and class to a new game of oppressor and oppressed. It is a diluted Marxism that lets them try to be trendy and reasonably well-off without actually having to be robbed of all their cash in a revolution.

  28. Dr Fred Lenin

    The words of a 75 year old French Philosopher many years ago spring to mind,”I wish I knew as much now as I thought I knew when I was 20”.
    On the subject of white privilege,who is more privileged than leftist politicians,academics ,commentators ,movie actors crony capitalists ? Even Ole Punchy Di Nero , duh deeeehhhr I wuz a contender.

  29. hzhousewife

    I bet only students and their friends turn up to watch. It sounds dull.

    They don’t even need an audience, it is all paid for by us. And out in the real world, they have a hard time getting me as a paid customer, you can’t go to a play without being sermonised, a dance recital without this bluldust, they even change Shakespeare and Gilbert & Sullivan “to reflect the current age” and turn a perfectly decent piece of entertainment into a lecture. The Arts ain’t art any more, it’s political commentary.

  30. struth

    The fact is that today’s lefties have no idea who Marx was

    I think this is correct.
    However, as the left gain ever more ground, the more Marx is introduced to them as a true hero of justice.
    He is taught and studied without shame through nursing to the arts.
    An old girlfriend of mine years ago was a nurse studying to be a midwife, an occupation overrun by doctor/man hating radical lesbians.
    The study of Marx was foremost in her training.
    My son could not stand the radical leftism and Marx pushed down his throat at Uni and ended up leaving, now working back in the building trade.
    They know about Marx, many of them.
    They know the lying interpretations and not of the true outcomes of his brainfarts.

  31. Egor

    “The literal definition of racism refers to the discrimination against minorities.”

    So she’s a straight up liar. I’m shocked.

  32. Tim Neilson

    The literal definition of racism refers to the discrimination against minorities. White people are not a minority here meaning reverse racism is not a thing.

    So by this dipstick’s definition there was no “racism” against blacks in apartheid South Africa.

  33. Up The Workers!

    Speaking as a person of colour, I am disgusted at the blatant racist attitude shown by this “student” and the tertiary institution she attends. I had thought that tertiary institutions were supposed to be places which encourage a diversity of thought and speech, rather than harbouring gross ignorance and egregious racism – maybe I was wrong.

    As I said, I am a person of colour. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, my skin chooses to express itself as “Flesh Colour”. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, my skin chooses to express itself as “Caucasian” and on Saturdays almost always as “White”.

    White is a colour.

    I have no choice in the matter – my genealogy made all these various decisions for me and no amount of racist hate-mongering from offensive overtly racist institutions (be they Nationalist Socialist or A.L.P. Socialist) or their brain-washed automatons will ever change that.

    Maybe I should put a case to the A.L.P.’s “Human Wrongs Commission”. I could do with the odd squillion dollars compo or three.

  34. flyingduk

    Its pretty clear now that the left are 100% fine with racism under certain circumstances. That’s great, now that they have sanctioned that, lets get on to the real argument, which circumstances are ok. Personally, I think its best applied to darkies.

  35. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Just identify as ‘Black’ (humans came out of black Africa), and enjoy yourself! And next time you meet a strident feminist, point out that women live, on average, longer than men, so would she embrace equality and take a suicide pill when she reaches that average male age? If not, why not?

  36. Dr Fred Lenin

    The blatant racism of the communist left ,the semi indigenius , muslim migrants and African criminal “refugees “ is intolerable,laws should be passed making it a crime to inflict racist comments on white male taxpayers ,punishable by life in a gulag .
    End offshore detention centres ,call them illegal criminal entry attempter gulags ICEAG, Australian supporters should be kept there as unpaid carers ,with Julie Anne Bumsight as chief unpaid carer ,critical pretend journalises should be recruited as carers too .

  37. JohnA

    Mother Lode #2736601, posted on June 14, 2018 at 6:57 am

    The literal definition of racism refers to the discrimination against minorities.

    Is it any surprise that someone as sloppy with the concepts with which she claims especial competence would produce such a debauched pile of dross?

    Indeed, and she can’t even get her facts right:
    World ethnicity pie-chart

  38. calli

    The silly girl has become what she so despises – a racist.

  39. Buccaneer

    Stop whinging about it, show up at her hatefest, tell them you’re related to Elisabeth Warren and identify as Navaho indian, film the resulting head explosions and post them on You Tube. Job done.

  40. manalive

    Part of the problem lies with some on the right of the political spectrum.
    It’s OK for Shorten to apologise for the behaviour of his forebears who poisoned waterholes and distributed blankets infected with disease, frankly I’m not surprised.
    Do the children of say the Vietnamese immigrants of the ’70s share atavistic ‘white guilt’?
    “We” are not a country of immigrants, obviously some citizens are (~28%) but most aren’t.
    To hear otherwise sensible commentators acknowledging what “we [allegedly] did” to indigenous people is irritating.
    I wish they’d stop it.

  41. Louis

    I don’t see how here ‘performance’ isn’t intended to insult, humiliate or offend based on race.

  42. "Blair

    “The literal definition of racism refers to the discrimination against minorities. White people are not a minority here meaning reverse racism is not a thing.
    So by this dipstick’s definition there was no “racism” against blacks in apartheid South Africa.”
    Or against black slaves in Mississippi and South Carolina in 1860.
    http://www.civil-war.net/pages/1860_census.html

  43. Frank

    And next time you meet a strident feminist,

    emit some sardonic and cruel laughter then move on without engaging further. It is the only safe way.

  44. Mr Black

    It is quite remarkable that people can observe the astounding achievements of Europeans whites and ONLY European whites and conclude that no race is superior to any other. Are we not allowed to submit the evidence of our own eyes to this question?

  45. yarpos

    “process their positionality….” ?? surely there was room for intersectional influences, no?

    re the definition of racism, you mention VCA student and dictionary in one breath, comedy gold

  46. Bushkid

    Does this child have the vaguest idea about the real world?

    There was a time, within my lifetime, when at 20 years of age she wouldn’t have even been classed as an adult. Lowering the age of majority to 18 was a grave mistake.

  47. Habib

    By her own metric, Caucasians are discriminated against as world-wide we are a minority. She’s stupid enough to be a Greens candidate.

  48. Spring is coming

    Remember lefties don’t shoot til you see the whites…

    Of their flags.

  49. kae

    “(4) such behaviour or language used against people of a different nationality.”

    The meaning of the word has already been ditluted by this dictionary.

  50. Fang

    Starts in our education system, so instead of funding the public university, fund the students individually! Art classes for basket weaving are not in high demand, individual students won’t get alot of funding!
    Competition strong would be in university’s not?

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