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.
Some white nationalists would have us believe that conflict is caused by diversity: if there weren’t non-whites there would be no discrimination. However, these beliefs are based on some flawed assumptions.
A lot of people get grumpy when it’s stinking hot and they’re stuck on a crowded train. Unfortunately some people turn a trip on a crowded train into yet another reason to criticise and blame people of colour.
On 11 November, 2012 racism ‘boarded’ an ordinary suburban bus in Melbourne. This was a powerful reminder that racism exists in all walks of life. It doesn’t make sense, but it’s there.
For many years psychiatrists and psychologists have debated whether extreme racism is a mental illness. There are some suggestions that extreme racism could be a symptom of some psychiatric disorders.
Some white nationalists believe we need a ‘racially conscious social system’. What they mean is that they want to rank people in asocial hierarchy according to their own terms.