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Racism in Australia

I work with the disabled about once or twice a week. A couple of days ago I was helping a disabled man with his morning routine. Over the course of the past couple of weeks we have become pretty good buds. By this I mean, we speak to each other on a very personal ‘man to man’ basis as opposed to a professional or superficial level of conversation.

It was at this level of familiarity and kinship that I got an insight into the Australian Caucasian that I never would have got otherwise.

Map of Australia

Mandingo Fantasy

First of all, he began by telling me the reaction of all his other carers (they are all white Australian women who are above 40) when they heard that his newest carer was a young African male.

“It’s amazing! As soon as they heard that my carer was a black man, all four of them asked me the same thing. Is it true that they are h**g like donkeys?”

More on this in my post on Jungle Fever and below.

I Didn’t Even Know they Used the Word Nigger in Australia

The second insight took my breath away. He told me that apparently there is a very common Australian expression:

“That man is as dark as a nigger’s a**hole!”

Apparently, white Australians use that expression all the time, not only to describe black people but anything that is pitch dark or pitch black. As I left his home, thoroughly enlightened, I thought to myself:

“I must write a post where I try to break down what I have observed in Australia as far as racism is concerned!”

Whereas, the society is obviously way more complex than what I will put down on this post, I hope this post will help you navigate the murky waters of Australian society a little better.

KKK members

1) Racism Isn’t that Big a Deal!

The first point is that compared to what you see and hear from American television and even in comparison to American and English society, race is not that big a problem here in Australia.

I spent six months in a country town on my own and never heard racist slogans screamed at me. I have lived in Melbourne and in Sydney and have never been lynched or threatened by a gang of white supremacists. In the city of Melbourne however I have had a few racist taunts screamed at me here and there but on average you will get it less than ten times in a whole year, and even that is really inflating the figures. In my opinion this occurs because:

1) We are Getting so Many Now and they are Getting More and More Used to Us

2) They Don’t Want to Be Classified as Racist Even When They Are

3) We Don’t Affect their World That Much, After All We Are One of the Smallest Minorities in Terms of Numbers

4) We Don’t Threaten Australians Economically – Jobs, fighting for land rights as Aboriginals are-in any major tangible way.

Interracial friends

2) Be Careful of the Type of People You Hang Around

Your perception of racism in a place like this will be heavily clouded by the people you hang around. There are some people out here who constantly see themselves as ,” victims of racism,” and after a while their thinking starts to rub off on you.

  1. Racist Folk Do Exist So Be Mindful But It Pales In Comparison to Years Past

To elaborate a bit on point number one, yes racists do exist in this society. There are events such as the Cronulla riots and articles and people such as these that remind us of that (The Abandon Skip guy isn’t half bad, he is actually a pretty reasonable guy. We don’t agree at all on certain things, but he is reasonable and respectful:I gotta respect that). However this society has definitely calmed down a lot in terms of racial hate. I remember talks I had with a Sri Lankan man who came here as a child in the 70s. He suffered the humiliation of being chased home from school everyday by white kids who’d beat him to a pulp for being different. Until the middle of the 20th Century, Australia BY LAW was a White’s only society. They started to allow Greeks and Italians in the mid 20th century to work as manual laborers. In spite of being European they still had a helluva rough time.So though this may be one the most multicultural places on Earth, it only has less than a century of experience dealing with other cultures. I must say, considering that, this society has done pretty well. I don’t exist in fear of racist discrimination as I would were I in the States.

Australian police

  1. The Police Here Are Not Racist….But they Sure Do Meet Some Groups of People A lot

Yet again backing up to point number 2, police here rarely discriminate from what I have observed merely on the basis of skin colour, but there are certain groups of people who they keep meeting time and time again. There are certain groups of youth who just love them some criminal activity: Maoris, Turkish, Somalis, Sudanese, Lebanese etc etc. These groups from what I have seen are definitely targeted by the police. I remember talking to someone who used to hang around Somalis all the time when he went clubbing. One night outside of the club he was actually man-handled to the ground and cuffed by the police like a really bad episode of Cops. I have been clubbing left, right and centre in Melbourne and though I have some bad experiences involving bouncers, nothing as bad as my brother there. Apparently while he was sprawled on the floor, the line of questioning and conversation kept coming back to his Somali pals. All the groups I have mentioned above are really beautiful people, I have hung out with them all, if you hang around them, expect to have a different quality of relationship with the police.

  1. The Mandingo Fantasy Thing

In an article I wrote in the past, I made fun of the Mandingo fantasy issue – where white women look at African men as nothing but well hung pieces of meat there to fulfill their sexual desire. Whereas I see a lot that’s funny about the whole thing, as the expression goes, behind every great comedy there is a tragedy.

The tragedy is that a lot of the interracial relationships you form here, for a variety of reasons, will be nothing but superficial, on the surface relationships where either you will be thrown away or you will throw other people away as soon as they stop fulfilling your desires.

Sidenote: For some reason, no African men have complained about the Jungle Fever article.All the complaints have come from White women. It’s like the promiscuity article where a lot of the flack came from males:People endlessly surprise and fascinate me. I love it!

A Photo that was labelled Nigga

  1. The N Word

Fortunately, here I am speaking to a very small minority. My personal opinion: Please don’t use this word. I know all about the taking-back-our-power-by-redefining-what-was-once-a-negative-term but I don’t think we will make this world a better place by engaging in debates such as:

Is it really a word that should be used in the first place?

Why can black people say it and not white people?

Instead, let’s do away with the word all together. After all, it isn’t even our word. It was a word that was used by white opressors that then transferred over to the African American community, not our community. In addition to that, winning the N word debate won’t matter all that much when you are on your death bed. I don’t think you will be sitting on your death bed telling your son:

Because of me, African people all over the world could call each other nigga but white people couldn’t say the word nigger. But you have to say nigga not nigger, you understand boy.

There are far too many ways we can speak to each other in a respectful manner without having to open up the Pandora’s Box that is the N word.

Instead let’s focus our attention on building an egalitarian society where it won’t matter whether or not someone wants to call the other nigger, because we are equals in every way and it’s nothing but an empty word.

If you are older than 30 and still using this word, aren’t you supposed to be over this by now?

Mayor John So of Melbourne

  1. Aim Higher When You Get Here

I don’t know whether its as a result of racism, lack of ambition or both. However, almost the entire ruling class of Australia consists of White Anglo-Saxons with a so-small-you-almost-miss-it sprinkling of foreigners. I am surprised to no end by the fact that there aren’t more Indians and Asian people (I know Indians are Asian people but…you know what I mean, aah the ignorance of my language) in the ruling class, considering their HUGE numbers. I also think it would be a helluva-lot-of-cool if we had more African people who decide to make Australia home that take control of key institutions of power in Australia. After all, we are probably the best educated, if not definitely one of them, minority on Earth. We have work ethic. If you can read this blog, you have better English than 99% of people who try to speak English. Ascend to higher heights and be a hero for all to see.

Some random meandering thoughts on the State of race in Australia. I will probably end up expounding on this issue a lot more in future. For the time being, pleae feel free to give me a yell, or leave a response and let me know what you think of the article. Till then:

Be blessed and go out and bless people from other races, cultures and ethnicities,

Mwangi

 

34 Comments

  • By Caustic Blonde, March 19, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

    I have been around white women all my life (being one myself) and the size of an African male’s penis has NEVER come up in conversation. The only people I ever hear talking about it is African men, specifically comedians. Now, granted, me nor none of my friends are over 40 and perhaps that has something to do with it? Seriously though, I meant to say this in your other thread about “Jungle fever,” I find it offensive that white women are viewed as wanton sluts waiting at airports ready to hop on the next penis that comes along. The whole scenario is disparaging to the African man and White woman. And of course terms like “jungle fever” detract from an interracial relationship where both parties are serious about each other not just together for the sake of some sexual fantasy.

  • By Mwangi, March 19, 2008 @ 10:12 pm

    @ caustic: As I have said in the past, the post pretty much came as a result of starting out ignorant, having my carnal hopes raised and then watching them slowly get disproved. I think if this article is hard on anyone, it is the African male because it hits at African men at two levels: one it kinda makes it hard to take seriously the bravado claims that a lot of us have of the sexual escapades we have had with multiple gorgeous white women because, an article such as this exposes the fact that most of these women are pretty messed up. It also reflects the fact that we do not perceive as high on the totem pole of the West and we are also not viewed as such.
    If you stop, look around at the African males -not African Americans, they are a different can of worms-and the type of interracial relationships they have and you happen to find any who defies the stereotype I am talking about, please ask them if I can interview them: this blog is about moving beyond those Jungle Fever stereotypes to having healthier, more fulfilling relationships and lives. Kul?

  • By Dennis, March 20, 2008 @ 2:11 am

    Nice article Mwangi. Ms Caustic Blond should realize that Africans are relatively homogenous in their origin countries, to mean, the only thing separating them is ethnicity/language and culture. Most, before travelling outside to interract, get their minds jammed with stereotypes that the media vomits, explains why the preconceptions come about.
    I think you got Mwangi totally out of context, and in fact, if anything, the African male here is equally offended, if we go by your terms.

  • By Mwangi, March 20, 2008 @ 2:28 am

    @Dennis: thanks for the kind words and defending me. Thank you for including the words about the media because I think the media, especially African American comedy has a lot to do with the stereotypes, especially the Mandingo stereotype. I am still surprised that no African males have written in offended that I wrote the Jungle Fever post. Any that I have shown it to or discussed it with say, “It’s cold hearted but true!” Though I think we should definitely move beyond the stereotypes of the Jungle Fever post to more fulfilling relationships.Don’t hate on Caustic though, she is a regular and welcome guest. Thanks again brother.

  • By majonzi, March 21, 2008 @ 2:24 am

    I have to sit and chew on this post, there is a lot to comment on. For now, I will speak only to the Mandingo claim. Both Mwangi and Caustic Blonde have legit claims. It is true that African men like to talk about how “well hung” they are, however, this is not exclusive to African men… all men do, after all men, especially in the younger years, consider the sexual prowess an achievement. In cases of “jungle fever”, a term I do not like to use either, perception of the interracial couple is dependent on the part of the world and the race of the male. For example, a black woman in Kenya, in a legit relationship with a white man, is considered a slut and such, while little prejudice is made about a black Kenyan man with a white woman. IN the US, the opposite is true, depending on the time in history and social status of either couple. Bottom line, there is more in relationships than meets the eye.

  • By Mwangi, March 21, 2008 @ 3:13 am

    Hey majonzi,
    All I ask is please show me any absolutely fantastic, deep and meaningful relationships between black men and white women, who don’t fulfill the criteria in the Jungle Fever article and I will gladly write about them and feature them. One of the couples that I thought was the exception, I recently learned have divorced and formed under very dubious circumstances.
    Interestingly enough, I tend to see more depth and tenderness in the reverse, white males with African women. There I have observed what seem like great relationships based on a solid underlying friendship, though I would be lying if I said that I don’t feel a-very-odd-it-takes-me-by-surprise jealousy and sadness when I do see such relationships.

  • By Caustic Blonde, March 21, 2008 @ 5:06 am

    A couple of months ago I searched online about interracial relationships. It is so disgusting the stereotypes that are being spewed and it comes from all directions. If a black man is dating a white woman it is for one of two reasons:
    a. She is fat, hopeless and lacks any and all self esteem and that is the only type of white woman he could possibly get.
    or
    b. If she is attractive, intelligent and full of confidence, well he (the black man) has betrayed his race. And wow, I wish I would have bookmarked some of the forums so I could post links here.

    I read an interesting article where an African American male claims that all interracial relationships are started out of some sort of sick fetish that has to do with slavery.
    What comments like these do is invalidate an interrracial couple’s relationship that is probably just as good if not better than relationships of the same race.
    Going out in public with a black man (in the States, I don’t know about anywhere else) is a sure fire way to receive glares and snide remarks. You don’t even have to be dating the person for this to happen, the simple fact that you are with a person of another race will warrant this treatment.

    This sort of hate and stereotyping makes me sick. One would hope that we as humans would move beyond the hate, beyond the stereotyping and start living our lives and let others do the same.

    I have to get going, but there is a lot more I wish to say about this in the future (DV). Please excuse any typos as I don’t have time to double check.

    @majonzi – I agree, all men seem to be obsessed with talking about their d*&ks.

  • By Mwangi, March 21, 2008 @ 5:13 am

    @caustic: The African American – white women relationships are an entirely different can of worms mixed with 400 years of living together side by side. However, caustic, I can assure you my views did not come out of some hate filled agenda that I want to preach. They are observations and experiences all compounded into one article with the most aggrieved party in all this, African men, agreeing with me that this is indeed their experience.
    Plus, as I have said, in Australia, I have seen quite a few white men-African women relationships, especially among older people, that are very mutually loving and nurturing.
    As much as I’d hate to admit it, sometimes a stereotype is a stereotype because it’s true. Please give me the exception to the rule and I will gladly post it.
    I think that until men stop being competitive or have religious experiences there will be competition over penis size for many years to come.

  • By Caustic Blonde, March 21, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

    Mwangi,
    My best friend growing up was a girl whose parents are from Africa. She is a black woman married to a white man. He is a doctor and she is an executive for a marketing firm. Two highly successful people who love each other very much, what more could society ask? Not only has she received a lot of flak from society in general, but also from her parents. His parents have always been very supportive/accepting of their relationship. As a couple they have had to endure snide comments, glares and everyone seems to think they are owed some sort of explanation as to why they are together. My friend has told me that she feels like she is on trial when she is asked why she married a white man. She feels like her relationship with her husband is viewed as a side show at a carnival instead of a marriage.

    I have another good friend, a white woman, who married a black man. She does not fit into your stereotypes about interracial relationships. She has never done drugs, she has never been overweight and she most assuredly does not have self esteem issues. Her husband is an attorney and she is a stay at home wife. Her family has given her nothing but grief and after ten years of marriage, they still will not accept her husband. His family has been very accepting/supportive. I often wonder if parents take more concern in whom their daughters marry than their sons? In any event she and her husband experience the same treatment as my other friend. She has told me that she stopped explaining why she married a black man because to her it is a non-issue. She did not marry him because he was black, she married him because she loved him and if other people cannot accept it, then you can’t change them so no need in trying.

    Both of my friends that I mention above I have known since the second grade. Both of these women have been married for ten years plus. I think they are owed the same repsect given to couples who marry within their race and they shouldn’t have their marriages downgraded with terms like: “jungle fever” or have to defend their relationships as though they were some sort of freak show.

  • By Mwangi, March 21, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    Those are the type of people I want to meet and understand. That’s what this blog is all about.
    Something interesting though that I did not bring up before, my apologies,is the role that culture plays in all this. I have known quite a few people African who have been here ever since they were young children, or were born here, and for a lot of them the type of interracial relationships they develop are also quite different to those of people Fresh of the Boat. They relate to each other differently because of their shared culture and growing up in the same country.
    So to narrow the focus of the Jungle Fever article even further, it is an observation I have made almost entirely out of watching people who came here in the mid to late teens or adulthood from Africa.

  • By mshairi, March 22, 2008 @ 12:47 am

    Hi Mwangi, I have always viewed Australia as a deeply racist society because of the way they treated and continue to treat indigenous Australians. It is interesting to read their views about other minority groups.

  • By Mwangi, March 22, 2008 @ 12:51 am

    The treatment of indigenous Australians is an entirely different can of worms all together. The way those people are treated, and the way they treat themselves, is honestly one of the greatest tragedies I have ever seen. I don’t know if I have linked to this in other blog posts but listen to this interview with aboriginal woman Tania Major, especially for the part where she talks about her experiences in high school. From what I have seen that is the rule as opposed to the exception:
    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s2016257.htm

  • By KP, April 14, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

    “In the city of Melbourne however I have had a few racist taunts screamed at me here and there but on average you will get it less than ten times in a whole year, and even that is really inflating the figures.”

    To clarify: African Americans do not walk around all day with the fear of being called “nigger” or otherwise discriminated against. Yes, discrimination still exists in our society but not nearly to the extent that it once did. True, blacks in America have always had to fight — even for our basic human rights — but I can also say that we have seen and are still seeing the fruits of that struggle. I’m sorry to split hairs here, but it almost seems as if outsiders believe that we we American Blacks cower in our homes in fear of the Klan riders or something when that couldn’t be further from the truth. (Today, the KKK is so irrelevant that some even question wether they still exist — they do, but their numbers are diminished and they do not hold the power and influence they once did). Granted, the picture isn’t all rosy all the time but I can tell you that even one racist taunt per lifetime is shocking in that it just doesn’t happen that often.

    Re interracial dating: Perhaps my examples don’t mean much b/c I am from the States but I know so many people in interracial relationships. I have several biracial friends (i.e. the fruit of mixed marriages), I myself have dated many white and Hispanic men (though my preference is Black men) and I just don’t see the big deal. But I do agree with Majonzi in that Black woman-white man is generally more accepted here than Black man-White woman.

    Re the Mandingo issue: That’s not such a bad stereotype to me! :) But I do understand the implications of that. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t buy into that myth myself. And yes, I do blame those damn comedians.

  • By KP, April 14, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

    Something occurred to me right after posting the above comment. I am a Black woman residing in a diverse, big city in the United States so my experiences are different from that of say, a Black man in the United States. So although I myself may not have been the victim of direct discrimination, that is just my story.

    I had to clarify because there are some “hillbilly” (a word we use to describe backward thinking) towns left in my country where a Black person would be the target of racial taunting and discrimination (a recent, more high profile example: the Jena 6. Let me know if you’ve never heard of this case before and I will post a link to the story if you wish).

  • By Mwangi, April 15, 2008 @ 7:19 am

    @KP: Thank you for leaving so many lovely comments on so many posts. I know a little bit about the Jena 6 and I pretty much have seen two sides to the story:
    a) African Americans who say that even though they were in the wrong….you can’t have such harsh consequences for people so young and see it as a reflection of the prison system’s love for the black male.
    b) Other people, mainly White, who think the kids should suffer if they assaulted that white boy and don’t seem to see the punishment as extreme. Would this be accurate?

    Interestingly, the white man-black woman thing in our society is so heavily looked down on by older African women and African men, it’s basically seen as an old man with his prostitute, but when you talk to a lot of young women they are looking for white men because of the money they can give them and because they are much more romantic and compromising than the typical African man.

    It’s amazing, I am still yet to hear a complaint over the Jungle Fever article from anyone of color…male or female. The way the human mind works is absolutely amazing!

  • By Brandon, November 23, 2008 @ 5:25 am

    Amazing post. I have heard that in the next 20-30 years in America, society will merge into a more heterogenous mix of races. For that matter, 40 years before Barack Obama wins the Presidential election, dogs were unleashed on African Americans and they could not eat in the same places.

    It will be amazing to see what will happen.

    I think secretly, LOTS of us, whether white or black have our “preferences”, which can be translated by some as prejudices.

    Great post and comments!

  • By Mwangi, November 23, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

    @Brandon: Indeed, the racial make up of this world, in a few decades is something I am sure many of us will be shocked by.
    I’ll tell you something quite odd. I always thought, because I spend all my time discussing African this and African that, that I was naturally prejudiced towards African people.
    I did that Harvard test where they establish your racial preference and much to my shock, I am apparently race neutral…..how weird for someone who has a blog called the Displaced African.

  • By Edmund, January 3, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    Hi Mwangi,

    Great Blog, I am enjoying reading about your perspective and experiences in Australia as another person with a different background..although I can say that being the subject of racist taunts is something I have little experience, maybe because I am not a woman or a smaller man…here are my “two bobs” worth to use some Aussie slang.

    I’m a 1/2 Chinese/ German, born in Papua New Guinea who came to Australia at 16 to continue my education. My wife is also 1/2 Chinese/Welsh born in Queensland. We have lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, the USA, Melbourne and now in Queensland and we have observed the following.

    1) Melbourne has much less overt racism because there is such diversity there. Much larger ethnic communities which generally everyone is proud to have as they add the the multicultural aspect of the city with regards to dining, entertainment etc. Yes there are problems with youth from different ethinic groups but they are no different I feel to the “white youth gangs” that would form in any city….it’s just that they are more easily identified because they look different and drive fast cars with loud “subwoofas” as they say.

    We lived in a suburb called coburg for a while where the majority of residents were immigrants we did not feel out of the mix.

    2) Queensland is a little different as many of the ethinic groups did not migrate here. In the country areas you will be hard pressed to find many Africans, recent middle easterners or otherwise. Old immigrant such as Italians etc have already blended into the crowd. In addition there seem to be a larger percentage of older Australians in these areas and many of them carry their “racist attitudes” on their sleeves although they are getting smarter about being out with their attitudes as it is becoming less politically correct.

    In addition they are quick to make assumptions. An example that makes me angry is when my wife, a very beautiful eurasian woman goes shopping with her father, a 75 year old Welsheman. In the shopping centres, if I walk behind them, the old ladies turn to look and stare and make rude faces and comments in front of her..they assume that she is an Asian bride..here because she is providing sexual favours to an old man……when I walk with them there are no looks or comments.

    It shits me to tears and their ignorance makes me sick..I know it must upset her to no end.

    3) My final observation is about Americans who everyone bashes as being the worst racists in the world. yes there are some real race issues there and the fact that Obama was elected means that the country to slowly moving forward in some way.

    But it always strikes me that even if America suffers from the worst of it they always surprise me as the country that produces the most vocal advocates for equality, racial harmony and tolerance…thats the amazing thing about that country and I think many of us non americans need to look in our own backyards before trying to pigeonhole them.

    Anyway, great blog covering two cool subjects in one hit.

    Cheers

    Edmund

  • By Mwangi, January 5, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

    @Edmund: Welcome to tDA and thanks for your insights, I especially appreciate the fact that they are based on your experiences.

  • By Nadine, January 25, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    Hi,
    I have missed the reason for your display of the opinions about Australia, where I assume you arrived voluntarily? Yes, Australia can be both a racist and a non racist society. But I can assure you that the image of any kind of Australian women hanging out at the airports to meet African men for sex is perhaps yours or your advisors’ dream.
    I am not African but I know Africa well. Obese women exist everywhere. African men relentlessly pursuing non African women for financial gain is appalling. Even African teenagers who are stubbornly and aggressively pursuing middle aged women. The image of a sex symbol about African does exist and it is often held in ignorance (there are millions of African men who don’t come even close to that image) and perpetuated by African men themselves, who like the image. You are flattering yourself if you think that the women in nightclubs are dreaming of having sex with you. maybe some are, they could be also drunk or stoned and just curious about having sex with a person of a different race. Get over yourself and your arrogance, and just be a human being, stop focusing on your ‘blackness’ and stop dreaming that you are a Western woman’s dream – as you are not. You are just people like any other people, and come in every shape, size and character. My partner is an African man and he has been chosen by me because of his value as a person and because he is handsome to me. I have met thousands of completely unattractive African men and women, like in any other nation. So get over your dreams and also , perhaps re examine your idea of using non attractive Australian women for sex and food. That resembles prostituting yourself. So young and so arrogant and ignorant. I hope that you will evolve as you mature. There is nothing but silly rambling in your blogs so far and you give your countrymen a bad image. Why would you promote all that ugly stuff? Have a good day.

  • By Mwangi, January 25, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    @Nadine: First of all sincere thanks for stopping by tDA and I hope your 2009 is awesome. Now, this being a new year, as you will notice from my most recent comments – I assume you read the Jungle Fever post first ignored the other 226 articles and came straight to this one – I really have very low tolerance for people who come at me in an arrogant, condescending way and so I shall treat you as though you just attacked me, which you did.

    If I was to summarize what miffs me about your comment in a solution, ” Read the rest of the blog and see where I’m coming from, what my story and my point of view is, if you expect me to take any advice or attacks against me seriously.”

    One, wasn’t it clear enough from the Jungle fever article that the “myth” – remember I called it the “myth” was debunked. No need to remind me, I know, that’s why I wrote that article.

    Second, did you actually read the article: no one comes out looking as bad as FOB African men. I don’t know why people who keep stopping by to attack me, miss that. Whatever your purpose is for being offended, go back and read it from an African man’s point of view and realize I pretty much said that by and large we are perceived in a very negative way, hence the reason the article ended with a request for alternative ways of being and positioning ourselves within this society.

    Third, clearly you ignored the other 226 articles if you ask me why I talk about, “blackness” or “Africanness” and don’t just speak of my shared humanity. As you would know, race isn’t just about skin colour. It’s about culture, your place in society, your expectations, shared history, in short its a whole world unto itself.
    In Australia for example, there is a huge difference between a blog that would be written by someone like me, who toes the line between being fresh off the boat and one who grew up here, someone born in Australia, Afro-Carribeans and African Americans. Please before attacking me on this at all, take the time to read what else I have written otherwise I honestly can’t take your arguments seriously as they are made in ignorance of my unique POV and all the elements of it.

    Finally, I don’t know why its one year later when people are stopping by assuming that I am speaking about myself in the story, again you clearly don’t know my story to be saying something like that.

    Now that the negative energy is purged, again thanks for stopping by and I hope your union with your African partner flourishes and endures.

  • By Kakabweha, February 24, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

    Hi Mwangi,
    I think yours is one of the most hilarious blogs I have come across! Having had similar experiences living in both urban and rural US and Canadian cities and as another displaced African male I truly understand both the stereo types you mentioned. It’s funny how your description of the “Mandingo” and “Big white girl” myths fit some observations I made or experienced living in the rural Southern USA. I have pretty much dated across all races but my worst racial and stereo typical experiences as KP stated on her post, was when I dated a few white women. I could almost feel the scorn on a lot of the white males and African American females we came across directed at me or my date.
    I enjoyed your postings, keep it up and don’t let the ignorant get the better of you.
    Kaka Bweha

  • By Mwangi, February 25, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

    @Kakabweha: Thanks for stopping by tDA and leaving the comment :) Glad my thoughts could resonate with you.

  • By Mike, May 9, 2009 @ 2:24 am

    White Aussies or Dingos, as I call them, are some of the most racist rodents, you will encounter.
    Still trying to eradicate the Aboriginies, these paranoid, foriegn infestation, are like to give the international image that they are some Rof Harris like personality, but they are more dangerous than the Bubonic Plague! The one’s over in England are just the same. When they first come over, andf see African or West Indian people, they act like if it’s the Aborigines they are dealing with. Though they soon learn, to their dear cost, that We, are not prepared to be dealt in that way, so they behave themselfs! Nevertheless, they remain racists, as I discovered a they happily mix with other Racist white Nationlities. For example, they mix well with that other Racist Rodents-New Zealanders.
    Not suprizing, as it is their Mari-Murdering Cousins! Though I first found it puzzlling, that they also mix well with the White South Africans as well!
    Puzzling as while the New Zealanders are Geographicaly next door to each other, the Boar Bunch, are not.
    So a bit of logical applied revealed the answers.
    1: All three are white.
    2: All three are FOREIGN to the Countries they occupy.
    3: the most dissturbing of all-All three have mass murdered, raped, opressed and-in the case of the Aussie and New Zealands-still trying to eradicate/eliminate the Original people they meet in them Countries.

    So do no under estimate how dangerous white aussies are

  • By Mwangi, May 9, 2009 @ 3:35 am

    @Mike: So far its yet to have a huge impact on my life, so for the time being I will preserve that I do not detect nor live within the constraints of institutional or even large scale social racism. Should my life conditions begin to be affected maybe my opinion might change, but so far its been 7 years and for the most pretty good.

  • By james c, October 6, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

    You are right, mike, because i am white,the silly blacks of africa have know idea ,of the whites of aussie,this is the land of floods and droughts,there is a basic, underlying nature to whites ,that blacks ignore at there peril,white males in this country will smile in your stupid, black face ,while working to distroy you as a group,they will even joke with you,but all along we will be joking with our own kind, not with yours.THEIRS TO THE NEXT AIDS VIRIS,IM WORKING ON ,THAT WILL REMOVE YOUR KIND FROM EARTH, HA HA HA HA HA

  • By Crowie, November 5, 2009 @ 1:10 am

    to mike how dare you stereotype white australians. i am a white australian and i am most certainly not racist, like most of the other white australians i know. you yourself are ignorant ‘rodent’ if you believe that. An to Mwangi iv really enjoyed reading your post and the comments so thanks

  • By nkosi, March 25, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    @Edmund. i hear you. your post is spot. you are right when you say racism in Melbourne is much less overt, although i hear Indian students are getting attacked over there nowadays. anyway, whilst Melbourne is a truly multicultural city, i am glad you pointed out how racism and ignorance can be pervasive in other parts of Australia. the ignorance part is made worse by the fact that more than 70% of Australians have never travelled outside Australia.

    @caustic blonde. i remember one night when i came from a club in Melbourne and caught a cab. the driver was a middle aged Chinese man and we had a good conversation that journey..he told me that he usually works night shifts and he mentioned how disgusted he gets at the behaviour of a lot of the drunk white girls he picks up on the way home from a girls night out..and he told me (in no uncertain terms) that a lot of them talk about a black man’s dick…not necessary having experienced it, but for curiosity’s sake.

  • By Narrungga, December 6, 2010 @ 11:42 pm

    Police are racist here…have you ever investigated into just how many of my ppl that they have murdered in custody since invasion?

  • By Mwangi, December 12, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    @Narrungga: No I haven’t, might you have any articles with more information on this?

  • By Moses Abe, January 5, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    I read with interest your articles & comments. My experiences as an African bloke is not dissimilar to most of you. I left home 15 years ago for UK & Ireland. I have recently moved to OZ last year with my Aussie partner(I met her while we were both working in Ireland). We are both medics & share a lots of love and good time. My advise to all is that you should look at the good side of things more often, afterall there are certainly more good times than bad times. I can honestly say the Irish are my favourites! It is a shame the Celtic Tiger is now fast asleep! Lets hope it wakes up with vengeance in near future!! Peace to you all…

  • By Nteni, May 8, 2012 @ 3:49 am

    Interesting piece… Calmed my fears somewhat… My boyfriend starts school in July in Melbourne, as a Nigerian I need to know he’ll be treated with all respect and dignity… I pray all goes well… I’ve got questions though, what’s the economy of Australia like? Are there job opportunities? Can a foreigner rise to a position of power and wealth in Australia?

  • By Mwangi, July 11, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    @Nteni: Strong economy but fading because of the Euro-crisis. Yes on both accounts. I don’t quite know where the glass ceiling is yet, but so far I have seen many Africans rise quite far. As callous as this would sound, the main thing would be to ensure your mentality adapts to the environment of Australia as opposed to remaining back home.

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