Wednesday, September 2

racism irony

weeks before flying to the land down under, a warning was brought about by a colleague. he said his cousins couldn't stand australia because of racism. i was too excited to pay much attention to that and never really thought id encounter such in just few days.

in sydney, second day into the trip, while walking towards the bus stop near elizabeth street, we heard somebody shouting. "fuck you asian whore. go back to indonesia." across the street, a white man alongside a group of students, were trying to make their way to our side. two of the students were asian looking. the man continued yelling derogatory remarks, so loud that we could still hear him even if we were about 15 meters away.

i wanted to shout back at him. an indian looking guy nearby also wanted to retort but his girlfriend stopped him. i guess all asians within the vicinity somehow had a reaction. the racist disappeared into the underground walkway before somebody could make a move.

i remembered the warning and i contemplated on whether or not i can take some. the racial attack, shocked me. but nothing can be more shocking than seeing the man again upon boarding the bus. saw him pick up and smoked the cigarette butt that an "asian" threw to the side.

8 comments:

Oslec said...

mao na, wa diay ikapalit og sigarilyo ang panghak. the skin color mentality... whites feel so privileged. pero naa sad asians na ing.ani...

auau dha debs.

JAbbeRedONiON said...

true! that was the irony there. well...racial discrimination is a fact that we have to deal with. all skin colors are guilty.

im back in cebu na slec. ikaw sad auau.

Yona said...

I hope never ko maka-encounter ug ing-ani nga tawo. May gani wa ra xa nag-hilabot sa sulod sa bus reng? Scary uy. Bayolente baya ni sila kasagaran. (stereotyping jud dayon) Isog lng cguro xa kung nasa layo.

Oslec said...

debs idol. sa kang Ala paredes na nako nabasa ng skin color mentality. she posted an entry na similar ani nya in Aus, as well. mao ni - http://ala-ism.pansitan.net/2008_10_01_ala-ism_archive.html . blog entry - Sunday, October 12, 2008. if you have time basaha sad ang comments... payter kau. makarelate sad guro ka ani.

aw naa na diay ka sugbu. say au sa australia? suyaa nako ui.

JAbbeRedONiON said...

@yona: good thing he didn't take the same bus reng.

@slec: ga tugnaw ang agi didto. lingaw for vacation. yaw suya oi didto pud biya ka ug canada.

Lead Character: said...

makalago sa? pero hobo ra man diay, geng. ang lain kay someone educated and professional mo-ingon ana. lain na jud na.

Dhon said...

OMG! i hope i never get to encounter that..
sakto gi-ingon ni yona.. at least.. wala moi gihilabtan physically.. that's a different story..

JJ said...

BIGOTS!