Pssst! Did you know that thanks to psychology it’s possible to predict how human beings are likely to respond to certain situations? White supremacy groups know this, and they use this knowledge to influence people and get them to behave in particular ways. The methods used are so effective yet so simple that many people don’t even realise they are being influenced. Luckily, once you’re aware of the psychological tricks […]
Most of us like to think that we are able to stand up for ourselves, and that nobody can make us do something we don’t want to. We like to think that we are able to keep our independence and not be affected by peer pressure. That nobody can make us abandon what’s important to us. But are we really?
Many different people call Australia home and still celebrate, practise and maintain their cultural heritage, traditions and language. That’s because Australia’s multicultural policy encourages the national characteristics of ‘equality and a fair go for all’. But it wasn’t always this way.
Do non-Europeans share Aussie values? To answer this, you have to know what ‘Aussie values’ are.
White nationalists believe that it is important to establish ‘white only living spaces’. They talk about building communities that will be ‘vessels for white cultural revival and survival’. In other words, they want communities where white people live in close proximity to businesses and services that support ‘whiteness’ – no more Chinese butchers, Lebanese deli shops and Greek grocers!
Sometimes the terms ‘white nationalism’ and ‘white supremacy’ seem to be used interchangeably and it’s hard to tell if – and how – they differ. Let’s try and clear up the uncertainty.
Psychologists have known for a long time that being part of a group can exert a strong influence on how you behave. In fact, some people change their attitudes and behaviours to fit in with the norms of the in-group they’re part of, or even want to be part of. This is called ‘conformity’, and the pressure to conform can be very strong if you want to feel as if you really belong.
Who is the ‘real’ white Aussie? It all depends on who you ask.