In light of recent events and comments, I felt compelled to write about my thoughts and experiences of racism and bigotry.
But guess what? I’m tired.
I wanted to give a detailed recollection of the fear in my mother’s voice when she called me in Japan 20 years ago, gravely telling me that there was a “Hanson lady” who wanted to kick her, our family and other Asians out of Australia.
But I’m tired.
There’s my deep concern that 20 years later, there’s an even stronger message of exclusion and hate.
That concern is followed by rage. Anger that we have to deal with the ill informed and narrow-mindedness all over again.
But then, I just get tired.
Waleed Aly made a great point on The Project the other night.
We need to stop being destructive with our comments and start being constructive. It’s not to undermine the seriousness of the issue. Neither did I feel his message came from a place of privilege or happy la-la-land.
What was said on a morning show three days ago will fade away like any other internet storm.
But as we all know, hate just feeds hate.
Those who have been victims of racism and bigotry have had to deal with it for far longer than an internet storm.
Don’t know about Waleed but for me it’s been over 40 years.
But I get the sense that he’s tired too.
Social media is the most accessible and easiest platform to talk about “How we feel” but how refreshing if we discussed what we can do to shift the mindset: to stop the mounting anger.
I’ll try and go to local events like Eid: Middle Eastern Markets where delicious food is mixed with end of Ramadan celebrations.
Wait for the next National Mosque Open Day in October to visit Lakemba Mosque, admire its majestic glory.
Over the coming weeks and months, I’m going to invite friends and fellow bloggers from different backgrounds to write on this blog about their ideas on what we can do to build bridges of racial, cultural and religious understanding.
If you would like to be featured, let me know.
I think we all have plenty to say – we just need to be constructive.
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