Pop Culture and the Third World

Sep 30

And somewhere George Brandis still thinks we really need to weaken our racial discrimination laws.


Also, our Prime Minister should come out strongly against this huge spate of Islamophobic attacks on Muslim Aussies. He should actually do something about it. That’s his job and should be expected of him.


Over the last week or so in Australia a boy with dark skin was threatened with beheading, a woman had her head smashed against a wall and was thrown off a train, mosques and cars have been vandalised, people are being abused in the street and social media is littered with hate speech and vile comments. Kind of interesting considering most of these people justify their attacks by linking Islam to terrorism and proclaiming it’s a hateful religion from violent countries. 

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Australia really needs to talk about its racism. The government and opposition start banging on on terrorism and all of a sudden it’s hunting-season on innocent Muslim Aussies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are too many living in squalor. Indian students are wary of coming here. Home and Away and Neighbours can’t cast a PoC to save their life. People refer to themselves as ‘Australian’ in a way that suggests Vietnamese Australian, Greek Australian, Aboriginal Australian or Korean Australians are something different. We all need to talk about racism and confront it wherever we see it. We need to change the culture, one dumb joke or racist dating preference or school bully at a time.

cribblesticks said: Hey, so I am looking for action. I know you mostly make comics and reblog news stories that make me hate my country, which is action in and of itself, but I would really appreciate it if you could collect any good ideas for action at the moment. Can we make a difference and how do we do it? idk if you have an Muslim followers who could make suggestions as to what they would see as useful support. Or if you just happen to know this stuff already. I'm feeling kinda useless at present.

Can I throw it out there - does anyone know what can we can do to support Muslim Aussies?

I know about the 'Racism. It Stops With Me' and WISH campaigns, but not sure of anything else?

Anyone? Help? I feel like this is a moment. An ‘enough is enough’ moment.

"Convervative white males have disproportionately occupied positions of powre within our economic system. Given the expansive challenge that climate change poses to the industrial capitalist economic system, it should not be surprising that converative white males’ strong system-justifying attitudes would be triggered to deny climate change."

- Aaron MrCright and Riley Dunlap (sociologists)

ugh, in light of this I’m reblogging.

ugh, in light of this I’m reblogging.

(Source: popthirdworld, via popthirdworld)

Frick. A Muslim woman in Melbourne on a train was racially abused, had her head slammed into the door repeatedly and then was pushed off onto the platform. Attacks on Muslims have gone up 3 million percent since Abbott starting his ‘Team Australia’ campaign rhetoric, raids and all.

Solar panels are a great source of energy for people living in poverty where it’s difficult for them to join the grid.