Friday, June 07, 2019

The song sucks': An Indigenous rapper insults the national anthem as he explains it why nine State of Origin stars refused to sing Advance Australia Fair before series opener

An Aborigine makes a case that the words in the Australian national anthem do not apply to Aborigines.  There is some point in what he says but many others could say the same thing.  I, for instance, am not "young and free" (in the words of the anthem).  Old and decrepit would be more like it!  An anthem is not a history lesson.  It is just a few highlights of our history

And by deliberately alienating themselves from the rest of Australia, Aborigines certainly do themselves no favours.  People are a mirror and disrespect tends to get disrespect in return.  So if aborigines want respect -- which they often say they do --  disrespecting Australian traditions is exactly the wrong way to go about it

An Indigenous rapper has explained why Advance Australia Fair is offensive to Aboriginals in response to the boycott of the anthem by a string of State of Origin stars.

Adam Briggs, who performed on stage at Suncorp Stadium in Queensland ahead of the Game One on Wednesday, revealed why he thinks the national song 'sucks'.

'I want to help you understand what the Australian anthem sounds like when black fellas listen to it,' he said on a video posted by The Weekly before the game.

Briggs played through the song until he got to 'For we are young and free'.

'Now, since all children in Northern Territory detention are Aboriginal and we are the most incarcerated people on Earth, we don't feel particularly free,' Briggs said.

'And as for young, we've been here for 80,000 years but I guess we don't look a day over 60,000.'

Playing on until he got to 'we've gold and soil and wealth for toil' in our anthem.

'We don't see much of that wealth. Only one in 10 of us are financially secure,' he said.

He continued on until he reached the line that mentioned 'our land' which he said is exclusionary. 'You see that just reminds us that our land was our land before our home was girt by you lot,' he said.

'We'll toil with hearts and hands,' the anthem continued.

'See, we're still fighting for half a billion dollars in stolen wages so we did the toil part, but we're still waiting for the pay cheque - I guess its in the mail, he said referencing a class action launched in 2016.

Briggs then continued until he stopped at the line: 'We've boundless plains to share.'

'Hold up there, sharing? We can't even share our opinion about a song without the whole country freaking out so that's when it's played, some of us don't feel like standing up or singing along,' Briggs said.

'The song sucks,' he said finally.

The explanation comes as the anthem continues to polarise.

Drawing attention to one of the same lines Briggs did, Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek and Liberal MP Craig Kelly recently called for the line 'young and free' to be removed from the anthem.

Instead the pair proposed the line be changed to 'strong and free' to acknowledge Indigenous history.

Nine players, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, chose not to sing at the State of Origin Game One in protest of the anthem they believe to be offensive.

Blues trio Cody Walker, Josh Addo-Carr and Latrell Mitchell vowed to abstain from singing the national anthem, along with Maroons rival Will Chambers, ahead of the first clash on Wednesday evening.

Indigenous player Justin Hodges gave his opinion before the game and said he chose to sing but respected those that didn't.

'I've never really had a problem singing with it because I always thought about the guys that have put their life on the line for us in terms of of the soldiers and all those people,' Hodges said. 'That's why I sung it, for those guys who give us the freedom to play rugby league.' 


No doubt Israel Folau was sacked by Qantas: Latham

Biffo seems to have the goods on this.  The Qantas chief is after all an outspoken homosexual

One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham has accused Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and other corporate sponsors of Rugby Australia of forcing Israel Folau’s sacking in comments under parliamentary privilege this morning.

Mr Latham says that Qantas’s views on Mr Folau’s comments on homosexuals going to hell on a social media post resulted in Rugby Australia fearing lost sponsorship revenue and forcing Mr Folau’s departure.

He read from a witness statement by Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle from the Folau hearing which mentioned her concern at losing Qantas’s sponsorship because of Mr Folau’s comments.

Qantas provided a comment from Mr Joyce on the issue last month where he said: “We don’t sponsor something to get involved in controversy. That’s not part of the deal. We expect our partners to take the appropriate action. It’s their issue, they have to deal with it.”

Quoting Ms Castle this morning, Mr Latham said: “I calculated … at least $10 million of annual sponsorship revenue … was at significantly greater risk as a result of Mr Folau’s conduct.”

Mr Latham added: “The head of Rugby Australia is putting a commercial value on the religious freedom of Israel Folau. “That just shows the fix was in. Qantas knew Folau was going to get punted.

“Ms Castle was acting as the slave of [Alan] Joyce within her organisation. “She knew what he wanted without even a direct conversation with him.”

Mr Latham said: “75 years ago today young men from across the free world stormed the beaches of Normandy … to fight for the freedom of all mankind”.

“How in 2019 are so many Australians worried about the loss of religious freedom?” Mr Latham said. “How in 2019 do we look at Israel Folau and wonder how a football player and resident of NSW has lost his job?

“We’re fighting dictatorial corporations who purchase … control of sporting codes. “These big corporate chiefs preach diversity . . but they’re trying to impose uniformity.”

Mr Latham quoted Ms Castle’s written evidence which said days before Folau’s post Rugby Australia had commenced commercial negotiations with Qantas on further sponsorship.” She said corporate partners including Qantas had approached her at a meeting to “express their concerns”.

Mr Latham rose later and said “There’s no doubt Israel Folau was sacked by Qantas.”

He asked Labor members of the Legislative Council whether they wanted to support Qantas, or the worker in Israel Folau.

Mr Latham said it was outrageous Mr Folau had been sacked for comments he made well away from his workplace and it was not like he had made them in a post-match interview.


Feminist fatwa a disgrace

Thank you, Meryl Streep, and no wonder countless men around the world are singing your praise. When speaking last week at an event to launch the new series of Big Little Lies, Streep made herself a target for the sisterhood by suggesting the label “toxic masculinity” unfairly disparaged men and boys.

“We have our good angles and we have our bad ones,” she said. “I think the labels are less helpful than what we’re trying to get to, which is a communication, direct, between human beings. We’re all on the boat together. We’ve got to make it work.”

And it’s not just Streep, as American feminist Camille Paglia makes the same point while arguing the politically correct label demonstrates a “peevish, grudging rancour against men” where “men’s faults, failings and foibles have been seized on and magnified into gruesome bills of indictment”.

Paglia goes on to argue in Free Women, Free Men: “Feminist theory has been grotesquely unfair to men in refusing to acknowledge the enormous care that most men have provided to women and children.”

Australia’s Bettina Arndt in her book #MenToo also rails against what she describes as the unfair “demonisation of men” by radical feminists convinced that all men are inherently misogynist and ­violent towards women.

As a child I had to stand by helplessly watching my mother being physically assaulted by a cruel and violent husband, so I’m the first to admit that violence against women is totally unacceptable and an issue that must be ­addressed.

There is no worse crime than violating a woman, and any man involved is guilty of a heinous and unforgivable sin. At the same time, man-shaming is unfair and counterproductive as it falls into the politically correct trap of portraying all men as a threat and all women as victims.

Such is the power of the PC movement and the pressure to conform to cultural-left groupthink that even men are joining the sisterhood in its fatwa against masculinity and manhood.

In response to the appalling and distressing death of Courtney Herron in Melbourne, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius appeared to suggest all men were guilty, saying: “Every time I hear about a woman being attacked — for me as a man — it gives me some pause for reflection about what it is in our community that makes men think it’s OK to attack women.” And: “The key point is (that) this is men’s behaviour, it’s not about women’s behaviour.”

Suggesting collective male responsibility for a crime allegedly carried out by one deranged individual not only lacks reason, it is also symptomatic of how those in positions of authority now virtue-signal to gain acceptance.

Even though there are areas in major cities men would avoid because of fears about safety, especially if isolated and at night, Cornelius goes on to say: “Women and men are absolutely entitled (to) and should feel safe to go about their normal day-to-day activities.” They are indeed entitled to, but aren’t the police obliged to remind the public of real-world risks?

And although it is true that domestic violence mostly affects women it is also true, as detailed by Arndt and acknowledged by the 2016 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, that men too can be victims.

Instead of stereotyping men as dangerous and painting society as misogynist, it is far better to accept that women and men are uniquely different and that it is wrong to stigmatise ­either.

As Paglia argues, “freedom in the gender realm means the freedom of each sex to define its history and destiny without blame or harassment. If women seek freedom, they must let men be free.”

A good place to start would be robust scrutiny of school programs such as Respectful Relationships being implemented across Australia that teach children gender and sexuality are social constructs and that masculinity is inherently violent.


Students at one of Australia's top universities call to pull down a statue of a renowned Australian explorer because they claim he was a 'known racist'

This is just a pathetic aping of the American extreme Left.  By modern definitions, EVERYBODY in the distant past was racist

Students at a top Australian University are fighting to have a statue of a renowned explorer removed as they claim he was a 'known racist'.

The students say they are trying to 'decolonise' the University of Sydney and have launched a campaign to pull down the 2.4m marble statue of Australian explorer William Wentworth.

Himath Siriniwasa and Georgia Mantle claim the campaign is a 'process of historical rediscovery'. 'We seek to decolonise at large, and platform the colonialism Wentworth represented,' they wrote in student newspaper Honi Soit. 'The immediate aims are symbolic – but there is power in symbolism.'

The 'Wentworth Must Fall' campaign also calls for the Wentworth building to be renamed after an Indigenous Warrior.

However, the campaign has been met with backlash by historians who have said that removing the statue would be 'whitewashing history'.

'Rewriting history is ignorance, if you try to whitewash out history how do you correct it?' Wentworth’s great-great-great-grandson Stephen Wentworth told The Daily Telegraph.

'It could be said, that if he hadn’t crossed the mountains when they did, the colony would have been abandoned and Australia would not be the country that it is today,' he said.  He said Mr Wentworth had done a lot for Australia.

Historian Geoffrey Blainey told the Daily Telegraph Mr Wentworth was one of the main founders of the university and was one of the crucial promoters of civil liberties in 19th century Australia.

'There is a chance of only one in 100 million that any of these Sydney University students will do as much as Wentworth did for Australia.'  


Amusing statue removed

A blunder but at least it gave a few people a laugh

An unfortunately posed statue of a saint which had to be removed from a Catholic boys' school has been replaced with a park bench and sculptures of animals.

The statue at Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide's inner northern suburbs was unveiled in November 2017 and almost immediately became the subject of ridicule.

St Martin de Porres was depicted with his hand wrapped around a loaf of bread which from some angles appeared to emerge at groin-level from his robes.

A boy in the sculpture stood beside St Martin with this arm outstretched and hand under the bread as he looked up into the 17th Century Peruvian friar's face.

Now where the suggestive statue once stood there is a park bench and a cluster of fibreglass animals including a wombat, kookaburra, koala and labrador.


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