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April 03, 2017

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From the horse's mouth.

Atempdog

Lets openly discriminate against the majority population; there's no way that's going to bite us in the ass.

Microbillionaire
Lets openly discriminate against the majority population; there's no way that's going to bite us in the ass.

I think you're trying to be sarcastic, but where's the ass-biting? Where are even the signs of impending ass-biting?

Rob
““We’re in a pretty progressive area,” says Coverdale. “It’s very accepting of all people. But I feel like I’m excluded.”,” says Coverdale. “It’s very accepting of all people. But I feel like I’m excluded.”

Lol. Funny how soon the second sentence disappears and we are left with “We’re in a pretty progressive area. But I feel like I’m excluded.”

Rob
Anti-Discrimination Board Acting President Elizabeth Wing confirmed on Friday that “on the face of it”, exclusion from a playgroup “on the basis of race or ethnic background... would appear to be a breach of the [anti-discrimination] act”.

Woah, hold back there Elizabeth. Stop and think before you charge in there with a prosecution! "On the face of it", "would appear to be", gung-ho stuff indeed!

Atempdog

Where are even the signs of impending ass-biting?

It's not impending, but eventually, 20 or so years down the road, it will have results none of us are going to like.

Atempdog

results none of us are going to like.

To clarify: If you make racial discrimination acceptable against the majority, the majority will eventually lose it's commitment to equality. No matter how you brand it, if it's acceptable against me; it's acceptable against you.

Microbillionaire
20 or so years down the road, it will have results none of us are going to like.

Such as the majority population becoming a minority population and then going the way of the Jews? That is, getting regularly oppressed and expelled for ill-defined crimes and accusations mostly revolving around supposed unfair success?

Burnsie

Try forming a whites-only playgroup then. Same day, same time.

Just be independently wealthy first, because any career you or your spouse have will be vaporized in a hurry.

R. Sherman

“Can I ask what your cultural background is?”

Perhaps to facilitate this sort of thing going forward, the government could issue identification documents which contain a detailed ethnic history which can/must be produced on demand to any state official. Ethnicity and cultural backgrounds can be traced back several generations and various degrees of cultural purity described. Or, some sort of easily recognizable badge to be appended to clothing should be mandated. What could go wrong?

sH2

Bigotry is condoned as a corrective to so-called "white privilege".

That.

David

This caught my eye:

Coverdale said she tried charm in a bid to be allowed to attend the playgroup, but Fletcher insisted it was exclusively for “multicultural” mothers who “might be lonely and might want to build a network of people who speak the same language.” Coverdale asked wouldn’t it be better for those mothers to meet someone like her, who knows a lot of people in the community.

You’d think that if the idea is to encourage social networking and a sense of being welcome, then balkanising those “multicultural” mothers - sparing them contact with the, as it were, natives - is a strange way to go about it. I don’t doubt that feeling isolated can be a real issue, which makes proficiency in English something of an imperative. And becoming proficient in English, or any second language, is generally much easier, and much quicker, if you interact with people who’ve spoken it from birth. Say, by chatting while your kids play.

pst314

““We’re in a pretty progressive area,” says Coverdale. “It’s very accepting of all people. But I feel like I’m excluded.”,” says Coverdale. “It’s very accepting of all people. But I feel like I’m excluded.”

This follows the template of much "progressive" speech: The opening sentence or phrase makes a declaration of universal tolerance and respect, while the closing portion takes it away.

pst314

David: Sorry about the failure to close with an end-italics HTML tag. Please let me know when I should report for correction.

David

Please let me know when I should report for correction.

[ Points to enormous sign hanging above bar. ]

The Scold-O-Mat 9000 is out the back being cleaned, unfortunately. There’s been a build-up of, shall we say, residue.

R. Sherman

[ Points to enormous sign hanging above bar. ]

I denounce Italics Privilege.

RF

"Perhaps to facilitate this sort of thing going forward, the government could issue identification documents which contain a detailed ethnic history which can/must be produced on demand to any state official."

Perhaps some kind of colored symbol worn on clothing, like a yellow star or something...

jabrwok

Perhaps some kind of colored symbol worn on clothing, like a yellow star or something...

Clothing can be changed. Better to go with something biometric, yet visible to the naked eye. Tattoos of some sort perhaps.

R. Sherman

Better to go with something biometric...

Quite so. We wouldn't want someone to attempt to "pass" as some ethnicity or culture of which s/he was not a bona fide member.

Patrick Chester

Except it's not "reverse" racism. It's just racism.

It's the same bigotry with different targets. No different than a "no coloreds" sign from the Jim Crow era laws.

Hopp Singg

The silly followers encounter the true endgame of their sinister leaders. Hilarity and denial ensue.

R. Sherman

Hilarity and denial ensue.

Stipulated that we have Mrs. Coverdale's report second hand, but the article does give a whiff of virtue signaling on her part. The references to "inner city" and "diversity" are attempts to establish her progressive, "diverse" bona fides only for her to be smacked by the reality of identity politics. In progressive, "woke" circles, the only acceptable response is to know one's place.

dicentra

A minority cowing a majority into submission?

You mean like they did in South Africa? Or maybe how ISIS does it in the mid-East?

A fanatical minority can overwhelm a passive, meeker, or less-fanatical majority.

Don't ever say it can't happen here.

tolkein

If they've got the weapons and the will, then minority coercion of a majority is perfectly possible.

See, Norman Conquest, Islamic conquests of Spain, Egypt, Syria (majority Christian till mediaeval times), most colonial settler states (British West Indies, South Africa, Rhodesia, Raj, Occupied France (WW2), etc.

Trevor

... a whiff of virtue signaling on her part.

Quite the stench, actually. Why the need to inform us that the friend who first alerted her to the group is 'Russian-born'? She's a bit too keen to establish her GoodWhite credentials for my liking.

R. Sherman

Quite the stench, actually.

I was trying to go for the English understatement to fit in. Alas, as an American, I failed miserably. Fortunately, the Scold-O-Mat is down for maintenance.

Quint and Jessel

Are fathers allowed to bring their kids to the group? There's a cute club for women only in NY that I've been wanting to send David and R Sherman to...

Dom

And this from New Zealand. Is it a parody?

http://i.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/share-your-news-and-views/17874187/Want-equality-Curtail-free-speech

David

There’s a cute club for women only in NY that I’ve been wanting to send David and R Sherman to...

I may need to borrow someone’s children, then. And a set of instructions. It’s my understanding that children are silent and self-cleaning.

Hal

Lets openly discriminate against the majority population; there's no way that's going to bite us in the ass.

Well, definitely granting that . . . Except it's not "reverse" racism. It's just racism.

It's the same bigotry with different targets. No different than a "no coloreds" sign from the Jim Crow era laws.
. . .

There is the followup observation as well . . . quite instead of [assorted functionaries] were unavailable for comment . . , what does turn up is;

After being alerted to the problem on Friday, Education Minister Rob Stokes and his department, to their credit, instructed Fletcher to allow all families to attend the playgroup.

“I was disappointed to hear that a mum and her young child felt they were not welcome... This is not acceptable. Everyone, regardless of their background, should feel included in these wonderful community activities.”

The Education Department also has “counselled the program facilitator [Fletcher] regarding the requirement of the program to be inclusive”, said a spokesman late Friday.

and . . .

Thankfully, Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, last month reset national policy, with an approach which emphasises unity and shared values. It’s about time.


One will have to observe what greater results occur over time, but the racist demands for a filter do appear to have gotten quite thoroughly chomped on . . .

Trevor

...I failed miserably.

Nonsense, but you've certainly got self-deprecation down to a tee. If only I could catch the barman's eye, a Babycham would be yours.

Hal

. . . And a set of instructions. It’s my understanding that children are silent and self-cleaning.

Right, then. Here're instructions.

Nemo

Fletcher insisted it was exclusively for “multicultural” mothers who “might be lonely and might want to build a network of people who speak the same language.”

Isn't this a little odd? All speaking the same language would seem to negate the 'multi' in 'multicultural'. It's a bit ambiguous, and could refer to several groups going full Balkan - weird enough in itself - but it reads to me like a progressive language shift whereby multicultural actually refers to monocultural-but-exotic.

Hal

. . . but it reads to me like a progressive language shift whereby multicultural actually refers to monocultural-but-exotic.

Esperanto.

Or, when in doubt, there's always Klingon or Vulcan . . .

Chester Draws

And this from New Zealand. Is it a parody?

It's a reader suggestion to the site, not an official reporter. He's getting reamed in the comments though.

I think he may either be very young or have chosen to use a pseudonym. His name appears nowhere on the web, which is unusual these days.

Sporkatus
Or, when in doubt, there's always Klingon or Vulcan...
naDev qaS wanl' ramqu'. naDevbe' tlhInganpu' tu'lu.
BoingBoing

I said “Do you speak-a my language?”

White Privilege is that moral turpitude that occurs when men attempt to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity. And one of its most egregious elements may also be its least remarked upon. That is the privilege of enjoying modernity’s most expansive plural pronouns.

Consider the modest “we.” No other people have this term deployed by others so often on their behalf. Whether yellow, black, brown, or AIPAC, pages blossom with those eager to advise on what we should do in our countries. It’s all very gratifying. Though sometimes the air fills with more WEs than a French porn shoot. And that’s what the royal we will discuss tonight.

I was reading a piece recently by a man discussing the immense affection we Australians have for multiculturalism. The author’s name is Thinethavone Soutphommasane. He is a member of the Australian Multicultural Council and is presently serving as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Mr. Soutphommasane was born in France to Laotian boat parents who were subsequently resettled Down Under via reunification program. It’s curious how infrequently these reunions occur in native homelands, though the point I am trying to make is that when Thinethavone uses “we” in regard to Australians, you may be assured his bonafides are in perfect order.

Whether you’re Bruce, Tran or Mohammed, you can be an Australian if you’re prepared to be part of our democratic society. [That’s convenient for Tran and Mohammed. Less so for Bruce.] Now isn’t the time to be talking down our multicultural success [Success for whom is the question] It’s time for all good citizens to say that we choose tolerance and unity over bigotry and division.

That’s inspirational really. To hear a Laotian take such an ecumenical view of Australian nationalism. I almost get verklempt just reflecting on it. It’s a perspective that humbles us Chinese by comparison.

Nemo

There was I thinking my phone's a piece of crap for texting garbage while in my pocket - turns out it's actually fluent in Klingon or Vulcan (whichever that is, Sporkatus).

Sporkatus
it's actually fluent in Klingon or Vulcan (whichever that is, Sporkatus).
Klingon. "There's nothing going on around here. There are no Klingons here".
Hal

Klingon. "There's nothing going on around here. There are no Klingons here".

Ah, got it, you did drop something into a translator. The problem then does become dropping something right back in:

There is room to exist around here. There is nothing here, and Klingons

Taking the old classic; qaH william panties chagh, pagh loS, 'ej jIH wej lunchtime., one winds up getting Sir william panties drop, or four, I am, and not yet lunchtime.

Definitely needing to grant more work to be done, but also rather expecting it will get done . . .

Sporkatus

Drop something into a translator? Why, sir! I used my copy of the Klingon dictionary with only one syntactical change from example sentences. It is the online translator whose grasp of Klingon is lacking.

Not surprising, actually. Structure is rather different than English, to say the least.

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