It is the 21st century, we are no longer racist, aren’t we? We live in a world that has grown accepting of each other, the bleeding from the 20th Century has been stemmed, historic belligerents like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin no longer threaten to hold the world in their reigns with their ideology of terror, and heroic nobles such as Nelson Mandela no longer hold the need in their minds to fight for humanity. Racism and genocide is clearly so 20th century…or so we like to think.
Australia is typically and fondly referred to as the ‘lucky country’, a name that draws from factors such as being a wealthy, free peaceful nation with great opportunity. You would think that with this exclusive package, comes arguably the responsibility, to provide the utopia that so many ‘boat people’ fight tooth and nail to set sail here for, to escape their not so lucky country. Instead though, these ‘boat people’ are greeted with cold arms, into a society who’s attitude is largely that of a spoiled, unthankful child, unwilling to share its large abundance of resources with a child in need.
This attitude is not exemplified any better than the title of which this writer has labeled asylum seekers so far in this article. This of course, is the term, ‘Boat People’. It almost sounds like a title that would be given to an alien-like species. A species that doesn’t share the same common principles as ‘us’, a species that doesn’t strive for the same achievements in life as ‘us’, a species that doesn’t share the same needs as ‘us’, a species that is simply…different. In reality, these asylum seekers just want to share the life that we lucky ones roll about in like a pig in filth. They require clean water, nutritious food, and shelter, the kind of needs that we take for granted, and ultimately, they share the same morals and values that we strive to exemplify as a human race.
So really, what are the reasons for these ‘20th Century’ type attitudes? There are many reasons that the lucky ones like to base their ideals on, ranging from the slightly reasonable, to the downright stupid. Some say that this lucky country takes more than its fair share in asylum seekers, but the UN Refugee Agency stats don’t lie. During the first 6 month of the year 2009, Australia took in 3,666 asylum seekers, ranking no.20th in the world out of 44 nations for asylum seeker intake, even after being one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Another reason that rears its ugly head time and time again, is that of asylum seekers being a ‘burden’ on the ‘our’ economy. Claims that refugees cost the taxpayer ‘628 million’ dollars, were proven to be completely baseless and improvable. Proof that arguments for the stopping of asylum seekers are mainly stupid ones leads in from this ‘burden to the economy’ claim. This is the argument that asylum seekers ‘take our jobs’, a claim spewed out by the slightly less reasonable members of the public, and in the process, undoing the ‘good’ work of all those who want to commit a good job in actually portraying asylum seekers as unsatisfactory members of the Australian society.
Ultimately, the reasons given for the wanted denial of asylum seekers landing on our shores vary inconsistently from one variable to another, but really, this is all just a filthy ruse to cover up one’s racist tendencies towards a group of desperate people who, though may not look like ‘us’ and share the same faith as ‘us, like ‘us’, want to lead an improved life for their children and themselves. Figures like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela may have helped induce the thoughts into people’s minds that racism is a thought that must not be activated into society, but we now, must grow up and release ourselves from the shackles that this bratty attitude has created out of us.