Facebook: Political abuse? No way! Racial abuse? OK.


Remember when Aussie icon and cartoonist, Larry Pickering, was temporarily kicked off Facebook for political incorrectness against the PM?

The page, which has almost 3000 “likes”, posts pictures of indigenous people with captions that some Facebook users claim are offensive and, in some cases, hate speech.

Disgraceful. But also, when it comes to this kind of racial or political stuff, I think it’s the lack of consistency which bugs me the most.

Take the current PC London Olympics. Sportspeople who may or may not have conveyed racist sentiments, or the “wrong” political sentiments, are sent home. This is despite it being the Olympics, an international sports event meant to be devoid of politics, even to the point where regimes such as North Korea, and any other “questionable” country is allowed to have its athletes compete, no eyebrows raised.

Not just there, but back in Australia too, and the whole racial/political issue is, in many instances, utterly ridiculous.

There is absolutely no consistency anymore. It’s whoever says whatever platitude feels good at the time and/or has the powers that be in their pocket… at that time.

And it’s not even what is said anymore. It’s who says it, and/or who that person knows.

There has to be a consistent, fair standard and that standard has to be enforced.

    • paul
    • August 8th, 2012

    Those interested in this subject may find last nights SBS program worth watching, or watching again.

    Insight: Aboriginal or not

    Aired – 7 August 2012

    More Australians than ever are identifying as Indigenous. But there is debate in some Aboriginal communities over who should be able to call themselves Aboriginal, whether your appearance or postcode should have anything to do with it, and whether the current certification system is working as well as it should be.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/2264646548/Insight-Aboriginal-or-not

    The problem is not so much name-calling, or dis/liking, as when attaching rights and/or responsibilities by the racial tagging…

    It is attaching of rights/responsibilities by racial tagging which is the problem, unfortunately politicians as legislators our worst offenders.

    Compensation for previous rape does not require accepting such rape to continue…

    • Sorry for it being in moderation. I’ve set it up so after the first comment is approved, any comment after that is clear sailing… Hmmm.

      Paul, I grew up hearing and reciting “abo” jokes, yet it is clear these were bullshit quips of ignorance. Not utterly devoid of basis, however. As an 18 year old finally able to go out, I was intimidated by drunk Aborigines in Fortitude Valley asking me for some money.

      I was also intimidated by junkies, and cops pretending to be junkies.

      That said, I’ll cut to the chase.

      What I’m seeing here after cutting through the BS, is a stand, and a bloody good one, being taken.

      Initiative.

      Fuck that victim mentality bullshit.

      Living in Korea, and yeah, I’m Lucky being Anglo to the hilt, I see racism and reverse racism everywhere, with ESL teachers, bar girls, construction workers…

      Fuck it, mate. Maybe that’s what us first whitefellas learned from you blackfellas. Fuck it. Just get ‘er done (OK, shit, now my accent jsut went to Texas).

      And since when have “whites”, whatever the fuck that means, have been a majority in numbers?

      The whole black white pink purple bullshit has been bullshit to me since high school, when I tried as hard as I could to come up with a logical, rational reason for belief in racial superiority.

      TBH, I don’t quite get why this fucking debate is even happening, not in these terms, anyway.

      • OK, OK, so the cop “junkies” were easy to spot… hardly intimidating… you could see the jackal in their eyes…

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • August 8th, 2012

    We are living in the twilight zone. A parallel world of two realities at the same time. One is Left leaning, the other Right. Rules and Laws are decided on by the slant of the holder of power. It’s totally weird.

    I was thinking about this at Bolt’s earlier regarding his 18c litigation. The 18d law should have let him off in his case on the grounds of public interest etc.., but no. Grab a law, interpret it from a Leftist view and you get one outcome, change to a Right leaning Judge and 18d would have been applied leaving Bolt free to say what he liked. Laws and Rules really need to be tighter than that, less ambiguous. Clear for all to follow. Abbott is right to repeal the law in this case because of this fact.

    The test of all rules and regulations in any environment should be fair application to all and not selectively applied to silence your critics. People need to learn to toughen up a bit and expect that sometimes they are going to be offended. It’s okay to disagree and have different opinions. In fact, it’s good. Problem is the Left leaning folk seem to believe everyone must agree with them, no matter what.

    • That offends me, Sean. We go to judge!!

      (So long as I can hook the right judge …)

    • philjourdan
    • August 9th, 2012

    I abhor any type of censorship. However, I recognize the right of a private company to censor based upon what they deem appropriate. If I do not like their editorial decisions, I merely boycott them.

    But yes, what angers me is the inconsistency. With Facebook and every other big outfit.

    • It’s so whimsical these days. The Mullahs in Iran must be rubbing their hands with glee (except they’re not because they’re funtards).

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • August 9th, 2012

    In case anyone has missed it, and for our international friends, here is our future Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Freedom of Speech in Australia with his pledge to repeal Section 18C of the Discrimination Act.

    • paul
    • August 10th, 2012

    Seems best jokes told by ourselves usually about ourselves.

    Long ago told our most denied democratic right was our right to be stupid.

    Our second most denied right was our right to explain to others just how they were being stupid.

    While the cost from stupidity remains high, liberty is our ability to argue either side :-)

    • I think a bit of genuine humour in this debate is just what the doctor ordered. Cheers.

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