Australian racism

Or perhaps more accurately, an Australian crying racism.

It’s not actually a very good cartoon, neither properly scathing nor funny. But this reaction is de trop:

Amanda Wise, an associate professor of sociology at Macquarie University, said in her view the cartoon was shocking and would be unacceptable in the UK, the US or Canada.

“This cartoon is unequivocally racist and draws on very base stereotypes of third world, underdeveloped people who don’t know what to do with technology,” Wise told Guardian Australia.

“India is the technology centre of the world right now and has some of the most high-tech industries on the planet in that part of the world. The underlying message is that people in developing countries don’t need all these technologies to do with climate change – they need food.

“But actually it is people living in poverty that will suffer the most through food security, sea level rises, dropping of the water table.”

Fuck off you mad bint.

The truth about India is that yes, there’s concentrations of technology there. And also, out in those rural villages, one of the largest concentrations of abject, absolute, poverty in the world. Still hundreds of millions on that $1.90 a day.

But then when has an associate professor of sociology ever known anything about the real world?

16 thoughts on “Australian racism”

  1. They won’t suffer through food security, sea level rises and dropping of the water table if they die of hunger first…

    I guess with solar panels at least they won’t have to starve in the dark.

  2. I read as far as “Sociology”… Might just as well be a professor of flower-arranging, it has a similar level of academic rigour.

  3. I enjoyed this:

    India has not only been a sophisticated negotiator on climate change, insisting ‘developed’ nations pay their dues for destroying the planet

    Says it all…

  4. I read the cartoon differently to the critics: I see the critics saying that the Indians are too stupid to understand what a solar panel is, I thought the cartoon was saying that solar isn’t what they need.

    Am I wrong, or is it that nowadays people are expected to proof what they say against any possible misreading, even a non-obvious or mendacious one?

  5. “stereotypes of third world, underdeveloped people”

    Just google P J O’Rourke ‘Foreigners around the world’.

    I think the 2nd hit you get takes you straight to the document.

    Try not to be drinking whilst reading as you may end up spluttering it onto your keyboard.

  6. Also don’t forget that the writer of this article – Amanda Meade – was fired from The Australian (ok, took redundancy!!! Ha bloody ha) and has been a bitter and twisted piece of flotsam and jetsam ever since, doing her best to screw her former long-suffering employer, and especially the delightful and brilliantly articulate young female journalist who took over her role at The Australian (some redundancy!!!) The Guardian Australia: the cesspit of worn-out hacks.

  7. It’s obviously as John Square said. Is that somehow not obvious? Is there another reading? Oh. I see. Mmmm. Well, leftists are morons, as if we didn’t need any reminding. If the press wasn’t already run by leftists then these idiots would have been laughed out of town already.

  8. The cartoonist, Bill Leak, has an article in The Australian today (paywalled I’m afraid) which expertly skewers the humourless dickheads who complained. A couple of excerpts.

    ‘There I was, naively thinking that if I drew a group of poor Indian people trying to eat solar panels contained in parcels sent to them by the UN anyone seeing the cartoon would assume it meant the people in it were hungry. But, no. What I thought I was thinking wasn’t what I was thinking at all. According to Ms Wise, my “unequivocally racist” cartoon drew on “very base stereotypes of third world, underdeveloped people who don’t know what to do with technology”.’

    ‘Such people, understandably, are probably on a bit of a high at the moment having just spent a couple of weeks watching heroic and revered climate scientists such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn and Robert Redford spouting a series of hypocritical platitudes in Paris that culminated in world leaders signing up to an agreement to meet again in five years so they can sign another one, thereby saving the world from an impending environmental catastrophe. Again. No wonder they’re angry. First chance I get I spoil the party by reminding them that, back here, in the real world, there are billions of people who not only lack food, health, water and education, but also have no access to electricity, and more than 20 per cent of them live in India.

    And there’s something obscene about the fact that there are billions of others who’ve had all those things all their coal-power-driven lives and they’re now distributing solar panels to the world’s poor because they think that provides a virtuous, if inadequate, form of electricity for which they should be grateful. I think that’s racist, I think it’s condescending, and I think it’s immoral. But it’s also the truth, and when an impertinent cartoonist dares to tell the truth these days he’d better watch out because telling the truth is a dangerously subversive thing to do.’

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