Today a powerful guest post from a friend of mine for many years whose twitter handle is @yowie9644.
The Australia Day Bully
As someone who just “didn’t fit in” throughout school, who just “didn’t fit in” through my 20’s and even early 30’s, and only in the last 15 or so years has found a group of people I feel like I *do* fit in with, I am not just saddened, but also rather scared of those who are saying “Fit in or Fuck Off” for Australia Day.
What you are doing, by saying that, is being a bully. You are perpetuating the ostracism that those who think they don’t fit in already feel. You are telling that desperately shy girl who always sits in the corner that she should fuck off. You are telling the boy who has to wear coke-bottle glasses because he can’t see with out them to go to hell. You are telling the girl who had leukemia and her hair fell out because of the chemo that as far you’re concerned, she doesn’t matter. You are telling that little boy with the brown skin and the strange accent that not only is he not good enough to be here, that you would prefer he would just disappear. You are telling that mother over there who has spent most of her life running from those who want to kill her in the country she was born just because she wanted to go to school that you’d prefer her to be dead. You are telling your ancestors, maybe even your own parents, who left the countries of their birth to come here because they felt they didn’t fit in where they were, that they shouldn’t have bothered, that you would not welcome them if they came here today.
Is this the small minded, petty and bigoted Australia that you want? If yes, then perhaps you are right. Maybe I should just fuck off.