John Safran1 reports on a clash in Brisbane between “white” nationalists and anti-racists. White is in scare quotes there because the main point of the irony in the article is many said nationalists are, in fact, the children of southern (and eastern) European migrants:
A young white guy in a shiny suit and sunglasses appears to be leading the Australia First contingent. “Abolish multiculturalism!” he yells through his megaphone.
“So you’re cool with Greek-Australians?” I ask.
“Absolutely,” the guy says, pulling the megaphone from his lips. “Greek-Australians. European-Australians, in general.”
“So Italians are okay?”
“Yeah, they’re okay.”
“But back in the 1940s, wouldn’t your equivalent have been against Greek-Australians because they were the ‘wogs’ who were coming here as immigrants and ruining white Australia?”
He shrugs his shoulders, apathetic.
Welcome to the world of Australian racism.
- For those non-Australians who don’t know him: John Safran is a media personality and 90s-era reality TV star, back when reality TV was about things other than people being obnoxious in giant share-houses (this is what the reference to Race Around the World in the article is about). I suppose he’s roughly equivalent to someone like John Stewart, except his schtick is rougher around the edges and generally less focused on hard news in favour of general social commentary. He’s also of that Gen-X school of aggressively apathetic centrists; one of those sorts of people who tends to treat any strong ideological position as worthy of scorn (see also: South Park, which tends to be of this ilk). Whether this approach works for you or not probably depends on how strongly you feel about whatever issue he happens to be focused on at the time. Like anti-racism, for example.