Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Racist rage on a Melbourne bus

Welcome to the world of Melbourne's underclass.

This video has gone viral, revealing the ugly racist underbelly that exists in Melbourne, which generally prides itself on being a multicultural and cosmopolitan city.

It occurred on the bus from Mordialloc to Caulfield a couple of weekends ago, on a warm day when a lot of folks had been out having a good time. Some French backpackers at the back of the bus, probably after a few beverages, were singing a song in French. While this is something that most people consider at worst mildly annoying, clearly some people saw it differently.



The man who filmed this on his phone is Mike Nayna, a local comedian. Nayna is of Mauritian heritage, which explains the racist tirade about black people.

You can listen to a radio interview with Nayna about the incident here; there is also some entended footage, although there are so many bleeps it's hard to hear what is going on.

Some comments have popped up around the place saying that the French woman instigated the whole thing by singing in French. To which I would argue that the proper response if you don't like someone singing on the bus is to politely ask them to keep it down. Making sexually violent threats involving a knife and smashing the bus window is probably not the standard way to deal with that situation.

Particularly not when you are pushing a pram and your young son is right behind you. Perhaps those children are the biggest victims here.

Just to show that this sort of mentality is hardly restricted to Australia, check out the parallels with this case in Britain.

10 comments:

  1. Disturbing. But did you notice that the guy towards the end who was telling the girl to get off the bus was with a little boy who looked East Asian?

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    1. The kid looked vaguely Eurasian, but I think it's purely coincidence. There are lots of white people who look mixed in certain shots from certain angles, but I don't think he was.

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    2. True. Not his fault either way, but I wouldn't be surprised if the kid was mixed or even adopted. It's curious to me because if the boy is part or full Asian it illustrates how complex the issue of racism can be - people can compartmentalize racism in strange ways.

      I once dated a white girl and we were just on the verge of becoming serious until one night we were talking about how my race might be received by her family. Her response was - "you're NOT one of THEM" - meaning that somehow she had compartmentalized whatever, apparently negative, attitudes that she may have had about Asians ans simply chosen to think of me differently, whilst not really changing her views.

      Strange. But it didn't work out for us.

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    3. With this particular demographic of person, I think it's very unlikely that the kid would be adopted, and to suggest that fellow would adopt an Asian kid is even less likely. The guy's girlfriend/wife (assuming she is the kid's mother, which is far from a certainty) has dark hair too, although she appears to be Caucasian - it's not really clear. It's possible the mix, if there is any, is Polynesian rather than Asian, as Islanders are more likely to mix with lower-class white Aussies than Asians are. But I'm betting it's just the angle or a coincidence that the kid appears that way.

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  2. What would this site say if these happy French tourists are professionals from a non-Anglo background and looking for a job in Melbourne/Australia?

    Michael Kerjman

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    1. I would say it makes absolutely no difference. Do you think it does?

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  3. I look like migrants have a lot to teach the said real Auzzie.....

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  4. The Melbourne Bus Rage is highly condemnable for all racists to stay with peace and harmony with each other as a nation everywhere in the world.

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  5. Does this have anything to do with the fact that Australians are descendants of criminals? I don't mean to sound racist myself, but that could explain their disgusting behavior and senseless logic.

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