Friday, 31 May 2013
Ultimately, saying the wrong thing without thinking and having to apologise for it isn’t an example of racism, it’s the foundation of marriage. Making one thoughtless comment doesn’t make you a ‘racist’ any more than writing a couple of letters makes you a ‘novelist’. Just over 300 years ago, English poet, Alexander Pope wrote in ‘An Essay on Criticism’, “fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” So many people are rushing to label people as ‘racists’, and taking joy in doing so, that it seems they’re more interested in being seen to be doing the right thing than doing the right thing. Dangerous, considering that following the masses without exercising rational thought is kind of what persecution predicated on, right? Realistically, the people that have been so vocal in their criticism of Eddie McGuire’s gaffe are the same people who have remained suspiciously quiet about this “pot” that’s been racially labelling “kettles” all these years.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Being Serb in
Australia and means living in one world but having the best of both. It can mean feeling like you constantly have to defend your own people whilst always taking care not to offend other peoples. It can mean working a casual job and studying in one country, and all the while having to be a permanent ambassador for a country on the other side of the world. It means correcting friends when they mispronounce your names and then apologising when your parents mispronounce theirs. Being Serb in New Zealand Australia or means living in a country that approves of genetically-modified food but has wild animals on its coat of arms, yet belonging to a country that disapproves of genetically-modified foods but has a double-headed eagle on its coat of arms. It means late nights watching Aussie sports followed by early mornings at an Orthodox church. New Zealand
Ultimately though, being a Serb in
Australia and means little to those that aren’t, but it means everything to those that are. It means you can raise one glass to two countries while you hold-up three fingers. It means having the freedom to love where you are whilst still celebrating where you’ve come from. In short; it’s meaningful. New Zealand