There are several kinds of racists in Australia. There are those that make no bones about their racism and simply tell you that they don’t want non-white or Islamic immigrants in Australia no matter how they arrive. These people are the die-hard rednecked white supremacists in our midst.
Then there are those that tell us ‘I’m not a racist, but…’ These are the racists that believe there is a place in the world for other peoples… but not here in Australia. These are the monoculturalists who believe that multiculturalism is upsetting the status quo of the society they believe they should dominate. These people are intolerant of the changes in Australian culture that result from the influx of migrants who have different cultures.
Then there are the most disgusting type of racists of all; those that deny they are racists and pretend to be sympathetic and even caring of those they actually prefer not to have in Australia living among them. These are the people who would deny boatpeople access to Australia on the pretext that they care about the potential of lives being lost at sea as they try to reach Australia. Instead they would prefer to have those that do arrive in Australia flown out to places they don’t want to be and into camps that operate in appalling conditions and for unknown durations. These are the sickest of racists who have jumped on the patronising bandwagon of pretending to be ‘tough to be kind’. These sick racists are prepared to lock up innocent and often traumatised men, women and children in places they don’t want to be, in camps that offer no hope of certain freedom and for unknown periods of time. And all this, they are quite happy to admit, is just to deter others from trying to reach Australia.
Make no mistake; these people are as racist as all the others. The only difference is they try to worm their way into the hearts and minds of those of us that truly do care about refugees that want to come here and know that there are other ways of getting asylum seekers safely to Australia without getting on leaky boats.
Beware the caring pretenders; they are the sickest of racists.