So now the silly season is well and truly over for most Australians. But at their ABC, it's only just started. Yep, those democracy hatin', anti-free speech, pro-Islamist, gender warriors have had their tax-funded break and are now well and truly back into the, er, whinge of things.
And perhaps the whingey-est of all their programs -- as well as the most sanctimonious and incoherent -- is Q and A. True to form the first episode of 2016 was chockas with leftie luvvies engaged in a nauseating orgy of right-on virtue signalling. To list every example would take hours. So in this post I'll just focus on one strand of the discussion, namely racial separatism:
MADELEINE CHARLES: Is it right that we continue to hold our national day on a day that marks the invasion of Australia, when we have so many better dates that can be celebrated in Australia?
Doesn't matter what date is chosen. Lefties, luvvies, and sundry Australia-hatin' activists will find reasons to bitch and moan about it.
STAN GRANT: It’s not an easy one to answer. I also work for National Indigenous Television and we hear from Indigenous people particularly on that day, our people, my people, about how tough it is to come to terms with a celebration around what was an invasion of our land, the dispossession of our people and everything that has come from that, that people still live with every day. You said before that there can many other dates but what other dates are there? Do we celebrate the day of Federation? We haven't even resolved the issues in our Constitution yet, the race provisions in our Constitution, the failure to recognise Indigenous people in our Constitution. Do we celebrate on Anzac Day? Well, that’s only part of our story as well. I think if or when we become a Republic, that will present itself as an obvious and natural day. But I just want to say this: for us, as Indigenous people, there are many aspects to it. One is to mourn the invasion, to mourn dispossession and the consequences of it, to celebrate our survival and that is not to be under estimated, the survival and the resilience of Indigenous people, our families but for me, as well, to acknowledge the fact that Australia is a remarkable country. Now, I’ve spent my life reporting from some of the worst hell holes on earth and Australia is a remarkable country and we need to acknowledge that and I don't want to diminish the right of Australians to acknowledge that day and to celebrate that day but remember the people on whom Australia's prosperity and success has been built and that is often the suffering of Indigenous people. It is very problematic.
"Problematic." Luvvies just love that word, don't they? It's code for nasty, wrong and baaaad!
But I'd say Grant's gargle is problematic itself in the more general sense. It's riddled with incoherence and makes no bloody sense at all! He talks about "our people, my people" to refer to Aborigines. This is clearly racially separatist. Then he talks about "our constitution"... Eh?
Any sensible person thinks, "FFS, mate! Make up your mind. You can't have it both ways."
Now of course lefties say that this attitude is in itself racist. But what if a whitey-tighty were to talk about "my people" in such an ethnically specific way? We all know the answer to that question...
TONY JONES: Stan, are you suggesting the whole nation should effectively celebrate and, at the same time, mourn?
STAN GRANT: Yeah, I really think it needs to be a much more inclusive day. Noel Pearson has spoken to this and he said you’re looking at a three pronged celebration or commemoration: the original landing in Australia of the first peoples more than 50, 60000 years ago; the coming of Europeans, First Fleet, which was transformative. That is the bedrock of modern Australia, we can't deny that; and Noel has also pointed out the end of the White Australia Policy, which helped give rise to the multicultural society that we have today. To be able to bring all of those elements together on a day where we celebrate, we commemorate, we are able to express ourselves, reflect on our identity, would give that day more meaning but we are not there yet.
Makes the nation sound like a very large family on the way to a picnic. The sprogs/citizens are in the back seat of the bloody great people mover saying "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"
Truth is, according to the regressive Left we'll never be there. They don't want us to arrive at any sort of well defined political destination. It's all a process, you see. They just want to keep exploiting discord so they can lambaste people and boss them around.
If Stan and "his people" want to mourn and celebrate at the same time fine. They should go for it. But he's foolish to expect everyone else to feel what he and his activist ilk demand of them. They didn't commit the dispossession, oppression and all the other horrors. Nor do they have any wish to. They just want everyone to get along, and all be treated equally and with respect.
Interesting that later in the discussion Grant said this: "Now, we saw incidents of flag burning on Australia Day as well and that's an indication of the roiling anger that can still exist in Indigenous communities. And in this country, as a democracy, we have a right to express that."
Okay... Wonder what he and his fellow activists would say if the Aboriginal flag were burned?
Speaking of flags, some sane thoughts were expressed by Senior Australian of the Year Gordian Fulde:
GORDIAN FULDE: Very simply, I think what everybody is saying forgive me is that we really want to be Australia is for Australians and one of the things I am conscious of, not that I think a flag is everything, but I'd like to see us all under one flag. New Zealand is changing their flag, whatever. I'm not saying we should change the flag but I think it is sad that we have three flags whenever there is an official occasion. We should have one flag, one Australia for all Australians.
Well said! And isn't it interesting that he felt he had to apologize before expressing this eminently sensible, non-discriminatory idea.
Gotta wonder: will he be invited back on the show? He could have blown any chance of that! As we all know, being a sane, rational, humane adult is verboten on Q and A. The whole point of the show is to reinforce infantile, divisive, politically correct dogma.
The production staff member who suggested Fulde be invited has probably already undergone, er, counselling. Some other minion is probably on the blower to Zaky Mallah to try and erase the damage right now...
(For those interested in the way Australia's past is depicted, The Killing of History is a good book.)