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Marcia Langton,being oppressed or is she is not a very nice person?

Marcia Langton’s objections to the repeal of 18c in today’s Oz where she said:

“As a victim of frequent rac­ism, I have tried to think of racist behaviour that would not be exempted by the proposed repeal bill and cannot think of one,’’ Professor Langton says.

“None of the requirements of good faith, accuracy, genuine, reasonable, public interest are provided for in the exemptions, and I have concluded that the repeal bill, if it were passed, would provide me — and other victims of racism — with no protection at all from low-level racist abuse, or abuse that a ‘reasonable, ordinary Australian’ would not deem to be intimidatory, in the media, in public, on social media, in the workplace, in educational institutions, or other public institutions.”

Professor Langton says the repeal bill would encourage racists to be more emboldened in public and to use subtle forms of intimidation and aggression, “which I know from personal experience can be just as dangerous and distressing as overt forms”.

She says that, amid increasing racial attacks on public transport, the passage of the bill would ­expose victims to further attacks.

“The reluctance of most victims to make formal complaints or to contact police compounds this problem of their vulnerability to increased attacks by those emboldened to behave in even more offensive and aggressive ways on public transport and in public places,” she says.

Professor Langton goes further, arguing that the bill would undermine the success of multiculturalism and reconciliation in the community and lead to more events such as the race riots in the southern Sydney suburb of Cronulla in 2005.

And she warns: “The youth sui­cides that result from cyber bullying may well increase, and so too would internet bullying among school students.’’

Source

 Thinking back to her last appearance on QandA  where she (and the ABC) had to apologise for her outburst against Andrew Bolt   made me wonder just how a woman so blighted with racism managed to get herself into a safe and secure academic position and how she came to be consulted  so often by governments on matters indigenous. I also can’t help wondering if she might be mistaking reactions to her antagonistic, confrontational and abrasive personal style of public discourse as racism when its her total lack of respect and  generosity to all of her interlocutors that generates and equally terse response to her whenever she discusses the issues with others.  Strangely enough in this country where we have manged to do tolerance and “multiculturalism” pretty well  its antagonistic people like Langton  who try so hard to grandstand about “racism” that are a  problem, at least as significant as those very few individuals who are actually racist, because their whole ego and self image are totally tied up with the notion of ” being oppressed” that they want to magnify and exaggerate the whole issue of ” race” enough to justify their own bigotry .

We have a country that does diversity, equality and tolerance pretty well and long may that be so but we won’t do it any better if people go out of their way to find offense when and where no offense was intended, we can and I hope will, continue to do better to promote inclusion and acceptance of diversity as a nation but the strictures of blame and well nurtured resentment over long past events will not help anyone.

Cheers Comrades

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42 Comments

  1. GD says:

    Excellent appraisal, Iain. The likes of Marcia Langton are only too eager jump at any chance to cry ‘racist’. ‘Australian of the Year’ Adam Goodes is another example, preferring to ignore the 50% of his heritage ie, English, Irish and Scottish ancestry through his father, in favour of his 50% aboriginal heritage. Like Langton, he enjoyed the benefits of growing up in a civilised society, yet now seeks to bite the hand that feeds him, complaining instead of imagined injustices.

    Grow up Adam and get real Marcia Langton. I listened to her forced apology to Andrew Bolt. She was a stumbling wreck. I agree with Andrew’s comment at the time…’and this woman is a professor?’

    Academia is in poor shape when your race is the reason for your tenure. The ‘Australian of the Year’ award is in poor shape when a big lug of a footballer can stop a game and call out a 13 year old girl who called him an ‘ape’, claiming it was racist. He doesn’t look aborigine, he does look like an ape, and remember this is a game of football for goodness sake, it’s not ballet (although AFL has been compared to ariel ping-pong). It is pathetic that such a he-man of football feels so ‘hurt’ by a jibe from one of of the youngsters watching the game.

    Marcia Langton and Adam Goodes are choosing to be ‘offended’ in order to further their cause of victimhood.

    Listen to Langton’s forced apology to Andrew Bolt. It starts at 24 minutes in, Langton is a stumbling wreck.

    The ABC also had to apologise to Andrew Bolt.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abc-apologises-to-andrew-bolt-20140317-34yh1.html

  2. Richard Ryan says:

    Andrew Bolt is a closet racist and a Muslim hater. And I hope he burns in hell along with GD.

  3. Richard Ryan says:

    BOLT. A stolen generation denier, like his mate David Irving a Holocaust denier. Also a UNI drop out who thinks Murdoch is a great Australian. Shalom.

  4. GD says:

    Andrew Bolt is a closet racist and a Muslim hater. And I hope he burns in hell along with GD.

    hey, Ray, this is the bloke you stick up for. Salt of the earth, eh? Mate of yours?

  5. richard ryan says:

    Well look who the cat dragged in, the music man has made a cameo appearence. GD! A nasty serial blogger pest. PS. The tax man paid you a visit yet? GD,

  6. richard ryan says:

    NOW where would the Aborigines be today without peple like GD.

  7. GD says:

    GD! A nasty serial blogger pest

    Well actually, Richard, ‘Australia and USA’ hater and anarchist lover, you’re the only one banned from many leading political Australian blogs. I wonder why that is. And even stranger is why Ray defends you.

    I guess it’s a leftist thing.

  8. GD says:

    where would the Aborigines be today without peple like GD.

    ha ha! I’ll play the game..

    Well I wouldn’t have made friends with an Abo and a Torres Strait Islander back in the sixties. They lived up the road from me. We walked to school each day in primary school. They taught me Beatles songs, long before any white kids had heard of the Beatles. They also challenged me, as I was a whitey kid, it was a game of one-upmanship. They usually won. We had a lot of fun, a lot more than I had with other kids later on.

    Years later I met Thaiday the Torres Strait Islander at a music festival in Townsvillle. We were both seventeen. His band was a Wilson Pickett style soul band, mine was a Euro-centric Jethro Tull/Led Zeppelin band. Needless to say, his band was the best of the day.

    Have you ever met an Aboriginal, Richard?

    Has Ray ever met a muslim or a boat refugee?

    So many questions, so few answers..

    I’ve met and known all three, so please f*ck off with your sanctimonious judgement of my opinions about Aborigines and refugees.

  9. Ray Dixon says:

    hey, Ray, this is the bloke you stick up for.

    Richard can stand up for himself it seems, G.D. What I did was point out that you called him a welfare bludger who doesn’t work without (a) having any proof or idea if that were true (b) refusing to explain your own circumstances/plans re welfare entitlement, now or in the (near) future. That is not “sticking up” for someone, that is “sticking it to” someone – i.e. to YOU.

  10. Ray Dixon says:

    Has Ray ever met a muslim or a boat refugee?

    Well yeah, of course I have. In my line of business I reckon there is not one race, nationality, ethnicity or religion I have not met and shared pleasantaries with. Possible exceptions being Eskimos and Hare Krishnas. Don’t see many of those in Bright. Back to the muslims, they were all nice people too and guess what, they didn’t try to kill me or blow up the property. Oh and another thing, they all had jobs, paid their bills and left the units tidy. I guess there are more unemployed in your area, GD, because that’s par for the course in Western Sydney.

    As for your cute little story about having (2) aboriginal friends growing up, so what? That does not give you a free kick at the rest of them. As for Adam Goodes, I agree with you that he was a d**k to carry on about that 13-year-old. A mummy’s boy. A tantrum thrower and not half the man that Nicky Winmar was when he pointed to his own skin and proclaimed that he was proud to be black. Goodes clearly doesn’t feel good in his own skin because if he did he’d have shrugged that Ape remark off. He was big noting himself. Anyway, he definitely does look aboriginal and I’m sure he has suffered racism in the past, just not that time.

    And as for the proposed repeal of 18c, give up guys, it ain’t going to happen. Your own Coalition MPs will make sure of that. It’s a pointless exercise and just makes anyone who supports the repeal look bad (and like a racist).

  11. Jeff G. says:

    GD, you accused Richard Ryan of being a dole bludger. He (and I) queried your own circumstances. If you can’t cop a bit of flak then don’t dish it out to others. As for your story, well we all know why people say “I’ve got gay/Aboriginal/Muslim friends”…. it’s because they think this is evidence that they are not bigoted. Well I’ve got Collingwood supporting friends too but I still hate Collingwood and its fans.

    As to the Aboriginal issue, I’m kind of over it. Most racists, and Iain in this post, reckons there is little or no racism in Australia. People like Marcia Langton and Adam Goodes reckon that racism is rife. It sounds like competing interests and competing idiocies to me. I think most Australians are good people, but having said that, you don’t have to go too far to find someone expressing racist views. The flip side is that while Aboriginal people complain about racism, probably justifiably, they have done very little to clean up their own house. Sure whites can help, but the only people who can get Aboriginals into school, off the dole, off the booze and into a better life is them.

  12. GD says:

    while Aboriginal people complain about racism, probably justifiably, they have done very little to clean up their own house. Sure whites can help, but the only people who can get Aboriginals into school, off the dole, off the booze and into a better life is them.

    Be careful, Jeff, with a statement like that, Ray is likely to call you ‘an Abo basher’. How dare you suggest that anything other than infinite welfare is the way to help the plight of disadvantaged Aborigines?

  13. Iain Hall says:

    Jeff

    As to the Aboriginal issue, I’m kind of over it. Most racists, and Iain in this post, reckons there is little or no racism in Australia.

    Hmm Are you suggesting that I am a racist here Jeff?

    People like Marcia Langton and Adam Goodes reckon that racism is rife. It sounds like competing interests and competing idiocies to me.

    Its an example of the exceptionalism of victim hood from where I stand and is particularly evident in thosewho think that there is an inherent nobility in being a victim “of the man”

    I think most Australians are good people, but having said that, you don’t have to go too far to find someone expressing racist views.

    Which begs the question of just what is it that constitutes “racist views” doesn’t it? Any reasonable person understands that many things that may superficially appear to be “racist” are not said with in derisory intention at all and in my book if there is no intention there is no sin.

    The flip side is that while Aboriginal people complain about racism, probably justifiably, they have done very little to clean up their own house. Sure whites can help, but the only people who can get Aboriginals into school, off the dole, off the booze and into a better life is them.

    Something that we can agree on and its been my argument here at The Sandpit for many years.

  14. Ray Dixon says:

    with a statement like that, Ray is likely to call you ‘an Abo basher’.

    Why would I do that, GD? He merely expressed a valid & truly held opinion without adding untruths, insult, mockery, offence, put downs, etc (you know, like you do) and that is not “abo-bashing”.

    And Iain, I think you should save your “snap” until GD actually lands a punch.

  15. Jeff G. says:

    Hmm Are you suggesting that I am a racist here Jeff?

    You seem happy enough to call Marcia Langston a bigot, Iain, so I’m not sure why it matters. Unless of course you can’t cop what you dish out, like GD.

    In my opinion, if a person can’t look at problems and issues involving a racial group, without apportioning most/all of the blame on that racial group, then their views are racist. Being able to balance and empathize is what makes a fair minded person. Not constantly attacking the “other side” or ridiculing them for what they have done. And yes, this applies to Marcia and Adam Goodes as to any white person.

    How dare you suggest that anything other than infinite welfare is the way to help the plight of disadvantaged Aborigines?

    You see, there is my point. GD cherry picks the bits of my views he likes (i.e. the bits that criticize Aboriginals) and ignores the rest.

    Its an example of the exceptionalism of victim hood from where I stand and is particularly evident in thosewho think that there is an inherent nobility in being a victim “of the man”

    Yes, I agree with that, sort of. If you look at what Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela did in Sth Africa, they stopped worrying about criticizing white people and started worrying about how they could change the thinking and attitude of blacks. I believe they called this “black self consciousness”. Langton, Goodes and others could take a leaf out of their book. As Confucious say, attacking the enemy might win you the war but understanding the enemy will you the peace?

  16. GD says:

    In my line of business I reckon there is not one race, nationality, ethnicity or religion I have not met and shared pleasantaries with. Possible exceptions being Eskimos and Hare Krishnas. Don’t see many of those in Bright. Back to the muslims, they were all nice people too and guess what, they didn’t try to kill me or blow up the property. Oh and another thing, they all had jobs, paid their bills and left the units tidy.

    If there ever have been muslims at your establishment, and I seriously doubt it, how did you know they ‘all had jobs’? It’s a bit like that comment you made to Iain some time ago about some ‘boat people’ you saw in Bright. Iain asked ‘how did you know they were boat people?’

    Ray, get a grip on reality. Muslims, new to Australia, don’t take holidays in regional Victoria. Being newly arrived immigrants or so-called ‘desperate refugees’ they are more likely to hunker down in enclaves in South-Western Sydney or Melbourne. If they do take holidays, it’s back to the Middle East to show off their new Centrelink status and new-born Aussie offspring.

    A holiday in Bright? yeah, sure.

  17. Jeff G. says:

    I didn’t realize you were an expert on the travel and holiday habits of Muslim Australians, GD.

    I’m also curious how all these Muzzies can afford overseas holidays if they are living on Centrelink. Are they all being funded by al Qaeda?

    I’m afraid this comment just shows what an embittered bigoted fantasy world you live in.

  18. GD says:

    I didn’t realize you were an expert on the travel and holiday habits of Muslim Australians, GD.

    For many years I lived in Western Sydney and was witness to the changing demographic. Similarly I had neighbours, and still do, who acknowledge that they are going ‘home’ for a holiday. Centrelink pays welfare for at least a month before such families and individuals are required to report to a Centrelink office.

    Take off your muslim apologist blinkers, Jeff, and see what is really happening, and has already happened, in Western Sydney.

  19. Jeff G. says:

    I’m not a Muslim apologist, I can’t stand their backward view of the world. What I am is a realist because I expect to see evidence before I start panicking about anything. And I’m afraid your anecdotes about having “Muslim neighbours” who went overseas doesn’t cut it as evidence. What is does reveal is that you are obsessed about painting Muslims in a bad light. Now why is that I wonder, hmmmm?

  20. Matt Patchon says:

    Adam Goodes no longer counts Eddie Maguire a friend because of his ‘racist’ comments. Now that’s real mature…

    And on Marcia Langton, Obama’s comment re Donald Sterling was “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.”

    In other words if the racist doesn’t crucify himself, the Public Square certainly will. You don’t need the government policing every single offensive comment made. Marcia obviously doesn’t get this. And I’m no professor.

  21. Iain Hall says:

    Tend to agree with your comment Matt I was quite impressed by what Obama had to say on that instance of racism.

  22. Ray Dixon says:

    There’s so much crap coming out of GD’s mouth keyboard it’s hard to know which comment to respond to.

    If there ever have been muslims at your establishment, and I seriously doubt it, how did you know they ‘all had jobs’?

    You can doubt it as much as you like but it’s true, quite a few Muslims take holidays in Bright. So do Sri Lankans. And they are not on unemployment benefits – that’d hardly cover the petrol costs of getting here let alone the tariff. This might surprise you but I also talk to my customers, GD. I observe them, I look at their (expensive) cars and clothing and I ask questions, you know, stuff like “what do you do for a living?”. I also communicate with them by email and when they use a workplace email address that usually means they’re employed there.

    It’s a bit like that comment you made to Iain some time ago about some ‘boat people’ you saw in Bright. Iain asked ‘how did you know they were boat people?’

    I believe I said I had seen boat people “in the region”, not in Bright. That would be in Albury/Wodonga, GD. You heard of that place? Do you know that a lot of refugees (ie boat people) end up there? They do – there’s a huge number of Afghani, Iraqi & Sri Lankan communities in that centre. Oh, and I’ve seen them working too – collecting supermarket trolleys. Menial work, I know, but hey, they have to start somewhere. Would you lower yourself to collect supermarket trolleys for a crust GD if you had no other work … or would you go on the dole? I think I know the answer.

    You’re not an expert on muslim’s behaviour just because you choose to live in Western Sydney and bitch and moan about your neighbours, GD. Get out and discover that in the rest of Australia these people you despise so much are not a problem and are not likely to create any problems.

  23. richard ryan says:

    The music man: GD was put on this continent as a warning to others.

  24. GD says:

    Isn’t it telling how leftards rally for other leftards, no matter how loony they are.

    Ray and Jeff have supported the abusive comments made about me by crazy Richard Ryan. He is already banned from most mainstream blogs, yet as soon as I dare raise my voice against Richard, out comes the vitriol.

    Here’s Richard’s abuse on this thread. I could post more from other threads, but that would only show more abuse from Richard Ryan directed at me, while leftards have not once stepped up to censor him.

    Andrew Bolt is a closet racist and a Muslim hater. And I hope he burns in hell along with GD.

    A nasty serial blogger pest. PS. (sic) The tax man paid you a visit yet? GD

    Of course Ray and Jeff ran with the tax man idea, rather than challenging Richard Ryan for suggesting I burn in Hell for holding a different opinion to his idiotic and dangerous anarchist view of the world. They also didn’t question ridiculous Richard Ryan about his tax obligations, but readily jumped to question mine.

    Well done, gentlemen, you are showing your true colours.

    As I said at the start of this comment:

    ‘Isn’t it telling how leftards rally for other leftards, no matter how loony they are.’

  25. GD says:

    More wisdom from Richard Ryan..

    Yes I wonder how much tax GD pays and how much “entitlement” he collects… GD the “has been” music man who uses a screen name, so the tax man does not catch up with him. Unlike you I worked for a living, not strumming a banjo or blowing a tin whistle. you would not work in a barell of yeast you Liberal puffed up bludger (sic)

    I bet GD— “the drama queen” WAS GETTING HIS ROCKS OFF, (if he has any)?

    Strangely, without any proof, Ray and Jeff sided with this looney. It’s telling isn’t it?

  26. richard ryan says:

    GD, Using Bolt’s tactic I see, self pity, it don’t work on me. Playing any of Rolf Harris numbers lately? A good mate of yours I hear! Harris is know as the Octopus in the industry. If you can’t stand the heat sweetie, don’t run with the big dogs, get back up on the veranda. I bet you would have a nick name in the music industry. i would call you Rainbow—always appear after the storm blows over, now get back to reading your book, written by Andrew Bolt–“STILL NOT SORRY” The tax saga seems to have hit a raw nerve—don’t worry I won’t dob you into the tax-man. Don’t worry. It is only a levy, which is not a real tax, according to your mate Abbott, the con man. I know you do a lot of “cash jobs”–hence the screen name.

  27. richard ryan says:

    ———————————- “TWO LITTLE BOYS” I don’t think that number will be played at a childrens party anymore.

  28. richard ryan says:

    I wonder what nick-name we should update GD with! Maybe, HMV, HIS MASTERS VOICE.

  29. Ray Dixon says:

    without any proof, Ray and Jeff sided with this looney

    I haven’t “sided” or “supported” Richard, GD. I merely pointed out your double standards in accusing others (including me) of having a sense of welfare entitlement without explaining your own situation. And it’s not my job to “censor” him. This is not my blog. If you’re so butt hurt by Richard’s remarks don’t come sooking to me.

  30. GD says:

    of course you have, Ray..stating on the internet that you will be a self-funded retiree is quite easy, isn’t it?

    As for my own situation, while I won’t qualify for the pension at age 65, due to my current work-load and assets, depending upon how long I live, I may require some help. OK?

    as for retard Richard.. it’s very telling how you support him, despite his looney comments..

    must be a leftist thing.. otherwise it makes no sense..

  31. Ray Dixon says:

    No I haven’t, GD. Where? How?

  32. Ray Dixon says:

    You just completely edited your comment, GD, making my last response look irrelevant. Anyway, the only reason I bought up the question of whether or not you are on/plan to be on welfare/a pension was because you accused me of being a “leftard” with a sense of welfare entitlement before responsibility. Did you expect me not to defend myself from your baseless accusation? Good for you if you are also planning to self support but the point is YOU started on the personal stuff, not me. Then you bitch when others have a go at you. Go figure.

    And just because I referred to your accusation against Richard (calling him a dole bludger) does not mean I support everything he says. That’s illogical, GD.

  33. GD says:

    Ray, I didn’t personally attack you about welfare dependence, you chose to take it that way. Good luck with your investments, I hope to have a modicum of profit from mine. After all, busking for falafels isn’t that lucrative 🙂

  34. richard ryan says:

    GD, You are a big fragile sook. Regards, your special friend Richard Ryan.

  35. Ray Dixon says:

    Look at our respective screen names and gravatars, GD, and you might see that one is of a real identity much more than the other is. And you might then understand why I’d take your welfare swipe as a personal attack and return fire. But no problem. As for investments, well, you just can’t beat real estate.

  36. GD says:

    As for investments, well, you just can’t beat real estate.

    You’re dead right there.. that’s the only way I’ve ever made any real money, although since then it’s not all in real estate.

  37. Iain Hall says:

    I’m shocked, GD, truly shocked, that you have not followed the long-standing tradition of “investing”in the Rock and Roll lifestyle….

  38. GD says:

    Ricard moaned

    GD, You are a big fragile sook. Regards, your special friend Richard Ryan.

    If you are my ‘special friend’, perhaps you could buy me a beer instead of damning me to hellfire. You’re starting to sound like Rolf Harris..

  39. GD says:

    Well Iain, I always ‘invested in rock’n’roll’, just not for houses although R’n’R gave me one of those.

    As for Ian Drury, here’s the definitive ‘blockhead’ song.

    I could tell you a story about this song from the conductor of the ‘Black and White Minstrels’, whom I later worked alongside with, but your leftist commenters would disregard it as being just another made-up story, so I won’t bother.

  40. richard ryan says:

    I do feel sorry for Rolf,I seen him in concert once—-but now the man is completly destroyed, and I don’t feel like listening to his music now. The sex-drive is a curse—the “standing cocky has no conscience”

  41. Jeff G. says:

    Strangely, without any proof, Ray and Jeff sided with this looney. It’s telling isn’t it?

    Not sure how you come to that conclusion. Then again I’m not sure how you come to a lot of conclusions.

    All I did was point out the hypocrisy of you being precious about your own personal info, while calling another commenter a dole bludger.

    And since we are all swapping spit, I work for a living and always have done. Got enough super to last a decade or so, after that I might be struggling. Hopefully by that stage Joe Hockey hasn’t put the pension age up to 80, so his corporate mates can keep their company tax cuts.

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