We are one, but who are we?

Much has been made of racism and racist attitudes in Australia recently. MinimalState’s own HeathG made the case in the wake of the racially charged bumper sticker debacle that underlying racially prejudiced sentiment in this country should be exposed, rather than banned. It’s not the outspokenly prejudiced that I’m concerned about though – it’s the rest of us. You know, the one’s who “aren’t” racist. I’ll wait a minute while your defensiveness dies back down as you detect the sarcasm. Good. Moving on then. I’ve always thought that the way we use words and how a question is posed can give a valuable insight into it’s answer, and this one has always been a favourite of mine. We seem to be asking a lot the […]

Racist speech – Don’t ban it, expose it

This week the West Australian government announced plans to introduce laws that could see people prosecuted for racist bumper stickers. The move was welcomed by West Australia’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner, who claimed the legislation was “overdue”. But ┬áis using the threat of legal penalties really the best approach to dealing with this kind of racist speech?