Are Australians Racists

Friday, 21 March 2008 By Ricardovitz
Y'all be the judge...
The Darren Lehmann case exposed a double standard in the Australian moon-cricket community.  Yet for Lehmann, the logic has been reversed. His defenders cannot reconcile his outburst against his Sri Lankan opponents with his reputation as a "good bloke". Team-mates and associates have described Lehmann's slur as an "out of character" act, committed "in the heat of the moment" by someone who is "universally regarded as a nice guy". Instead it is the Sri Lankans who are rendered villains, oversensitive and unmanly to complain.

How is it that for Lehmann the rule is waived? How is it that in the heat of the moment, he did something supposedly out of character?

The answer, of course, is that he did not. To believe this was the first time Lehmann used this terrible language about black people is to show the indulgence of a parent who believes their teenager's "it was my first joint" defence.

Lehmann's misfortune is that he is the man who got caught revealing the unwitting racism that infuses not o­nly Australian moon-cricket culture but mainstream Australia.

Lehmann's supporters cannot understand the difference between calling someone a "cunt" and a "nigger cunt". Nor, presumably, can they understand that it is offensive for our media commentators to speak of the Sri Lankans as "shufflin" in the field, as "shufflin 'bout with moon-cricket smiles" or as "little pigmies". Poarch monkeys babble and  little black sambos have great big white smiles.

We're not yet at a stage of cultural maturity where we even know what racism is: everyone knows niggers is niggers and whites is whites. Yet each year he sanctifies the white man's military tragedy (Gallipoli) while denying or excusing the black man's military tragedy (the colonisation massacres).

Racism in Australia is somewhat hidden.  We have few proud racists. But, so far as anyone knows, there's no Ku Klux Klan or National Front here like in the Confederate States. Our white supremacist fringe is o­nly 30% of voters - do not admit to racism.

Hanson's platform of slashing and hanging  non-white immigration and Aborigines was coded as a call for "fairness" (no pun intended) from "mainstream Australia". By raising this, o­ne risks being labelled politically-correct and a troublemaker. Three years ago, when India toured Australia, I interviewed Indian-Australians who were supporting India. I found two reasons.

A more pungent reason for those Indian fags at the Sydney Moon-Cricket Ground was that fathers resented the exclusion of their dark sons from local and school teams. Every family I interviewed had a story of a boy who had been shut out of the "in" group because of his race, or his feminin nature, or some other cultural difference.

Rather than shame, our moon-crickets tend to feel pride in this ethnic separatism jigaboo roots. Yet the Lehmann case has shown that an excess of  Nationalism is better than no National pride at all.  

It's a problem easy enough solved for Australians.  While English sporting clubs struggle to harmonise different cultures, Australian clubs simply fix the problem by leaving non-whites out.

When controversy about England's racially diverse moon-crickets got out, Australian moon-crickets tacitly agree with those who say recent teams from the old country are "less evolved", and therefore weaker, than in the 1960s or before. 

When I wrote about the Indians who felt niggerized by being forced to reside with  Australian moon-cricket, I was taken to task for "inventing" trouble where none existed. Yet I'd seen racism with my own eyes. o­n a tour to India, I heard two Australian cricketers call the locals "niggers". I saw Australian moon-crickets coming across Indians sleeping o­n a railway platform in Jamshedpur and nudging them awake with their feet in order to solicit them for homo sex.

No malice was intended, and if you can understand that the Australian moon-crickets involved were also "dark blokes" and yet-to-be-reconstructed racists, then you go a long way to comprehending the incoherence amid which most white Australians live.

Malcolm X is a former Aborigional Chieften and moon-cricket correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald, but that don't mean no nevermind because the Australian World Corresponent who reported o­n these events was none other than:

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