Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Vogue -06/05/2010


Nah look,
they're all the fucken same
and they reckon we're the racists.

They're not getting beat up by aussies
didn't you see the news mate?
that one guy made the whole thing up.

Truth is, it's them beating us up
my mate's brothers wife cousin
says she knows someone who got beat up
by Indians
it's fucked up mate.

I don't know why they're coming over here now
all of a suddden
we didn't used to have all these Indians in Australia
a few years back
now they're everywhere
you know they come over here
they expect all these handouts
and don't want to work
then they take all our jobs too.

They can't even speak english good or nothing.

I applied for a job
but then this Indian got it instead
I reckon that's discrimination.

You know how it is mate yeah?
you walk around the city
you wouldn't even know you're in Australia anymore
I don't feel safe walking around the city
all these young bloody asian students everywhere
they come over here because they have rich parents
and they're taking our jobs


They treat their women like shit
we respect women in this country
you know
if a women wants to go out
well, we'll let 'em go

that's okay,
if she wants to earn a living
and look after the house
and have kids
and dress up nice
and wear make up
and go to the beach and wear as little as they like
that's okay. complaints from us, hey mate!

You know when you go to their country
I mean not that I ever would
but if you did right
you'd have to obey all their bullshit rules and customs
but when they come over here though
the governments always just lets them straight in
no matter what
and they don't have to obey our laws
or speak our Australian language english.

In this country we're free to be whoever we want
but they don't want to be like us
want to cling to their own culture all the time
I mean I don't mind if they still speak
Asian or Indian
but they shouldn't do it out in public
you can't understand what they're saying.

Why come over here to be free and all that,
if you don't want to be like us?

They don't think about how uncomfortable they make us
if you come to a new country

you should learn to be like the people
who are already living here,
like we did.

My parents I mean,
they came from New Zealand
and they still managed to fit in okay.
but mate,
these immigrants don't want to change

that's why us aussies got to stick together
stay true to our old values
and shit.

But the thing I hate the most is how
all these foreigners
from these fucken' countries
don't want to learn about our different culture
they stay around their own kind.

I reckon if you don't want to live in this open
and accepting society
then they should all just piss off.

Oh, but don't get me wrong, I'm not a racist.

That's un-Australian.


"Racism is the new black" -Sage Francis

I really (really really...) dislike politics, polemic and preachy rhetoric, at least inasmuch as I might ever detect it in my own writing, but this morning I just couldn't help it.

I don't watch television, surf the net or read newspapers, I avoid the suburbs like a plague (there's my bigotry shining through), and I still cop earfulls of this out on the street, and after a particularly ugly conversation I had overnight, coupled with attending a very politically minded slam ~ I needed to blow off steam (that disposition on the other hand, is always an indispensible element of Tales Told By An Idiot).

It hasn't been the 1950's since, like, 60 years or something crazy like that. And, just as it is for many people who arrive in this country... there is no going back.

So grow up.




TimT said...

Hmmm, typically people put the flag upside down if they want help because someone's sick or there's some other emergency. May be a slight case of mixed messages in selecting that image.

Randall $tephens said...

In reply to Tim Train, about the upside flag:

The idea of the upside flag was a sign of Protest, co-opting an idea of American war protestors (and in extension, voices of dissent against national chauvanism).

I used to have one on the back of my car. The idea came from seeing "Going Upriver" a doco about John Kerry vietnam-veterans war protest movement, who marched with upside down flags. They in turn had co-opted that symbol from the Dutch navy, who during the 1848 revolutions in Europe (3 in one year -fun times) sailed with upside down flags, as a sign they were not behind/opposed to their countries illegitimate ruling forces, and as a sign of distress to other nations etc (like you said).

You can see the idea still present today in Tommy Lee Jones' 2007 Iraq-war film "The Valley of Elah", and also System of a Down's record label 'american' have an upside flafg as their logo.

I haven't seen an upside down Australian flag anywhere else, but I'm sure someone would have done it before me. It's my way of symbolically remonstrating the abhorent (and increasingly fashionable) tendancies towards prejudice in this country.