Christina Milne, leader of the Australian Greens, speaks out against the excising of the Australian mainland from the migration zone.
“Not one of you who votes against this amendment, not one of you, in 10, 15, 20 years, when there is a national apology to the children detained indefinitely in detention for the sole supposed crime of seeking a better life in our country because they’re running away from persecution with their families… not one of you will be able to stand up and say ‘oh we didn’t know’, ‘oh it was the culture of the period’, ‘oh it was the best way we thought of saving their lives’ by locking them up in detention in places which the UNHCR has said is completely unsuitable.”
This is so incredibly well spoken and worth listening to. Christine Milne, leader of the Greens party, spelling it out in a way which even the lowest common denominator would understand. The truth is awful, and she’s just spilling truths here.
Shocking and brilliant.
Shame Australia, shame.
Those who call themselves allies are responsible for understanding the contexts in which they speak; they are responsible for recognizing the structures of power from which they derive their privileges. And if this all sounds like too much to ask, then, perhaps, they should reconsider their claims to social justice work.
As Audre Lorde notes in the The Uses of Anger, genuine desire to build with those at the margins requires abandoning defensiveness, guilt, and self-interest. While women fight for the right to exist in a world free of constant mental and physical attacks, our allies cry about their hurt feelings and threatened masculinities.
I don’t really trust anyone that doesn’t care about politics or social issues, because these are generally the people who have the privilege of being apolitical, and of ignoring those specific issues.
i refuse to respect other people’s views if they oppress me and so should you
do not let people tell you that you should respect oppressive or intolerant views and do not let them make you feel guilty when you don’t
I always think i’m so clever because I don’t buy treats, so I can’t eat them.
It’s not clever, it’s masochistic, and I hate myself a little bit for it right now.
i have no problem with pointing out that anyone of any gender can be an abuser, rapist, pedophile etc because that’s absolutely true.
but the problem with always emphasizing “yes but it happens to everyone, not just women (or people of colour, or trans* people, etc)!” is that it depoliticizes the issue.
violence is not an accident, it is reflective of social power relations that permeate society at every level