While Australia’s most virulent racist, Murdoch columnist Andrew Bolt of Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper, has been brought before the Courts to answer charges relating to articles he has written about Aboriginal people in Australia, it should be realised that his racism doesn’t stop at the vilification of people of colour – or what is in his view, the lack of it.
The particular group of people that are taking Bolt to Court are all Aboriginal people who by virtue of parentage no longer have skin colour by which they may be distinguished. Bolt essentially argues that if a sighted person were to see them then that person could argue that the person they are looking at, based solely on their appearance, are not actually Aboriginal. A non-sighted or sight-impaired person, however, may not have the luxury of coming to a similar conclusion and, if Bolt himself were thus afflicted, he too would not be able to remark as he had in his articles.
Bolt argues simply that because these people lack what is in his view the appropriate amount of skin pigmentation, then they cannot be Aboriginal despite a proven heritage to their Aboriginality.
But, as I said, Bolt’s racism doesn’t stop at vilifying Aboriginal people. Like all racists, Bolt also vilifies other people that are not of European appearance especially if they happen to be sub-continental Asian, black African, Central Asian, Middle Eastern or North African Arab. Surprisingly, for a white supremacist style racist, Bolt claims that he is not an anti-Semite and supports Israeli Zionism. While this may be the case, it should be noted that his Islamophobic peers in Europe who were once dyed-in-the-wool neo-nazi Jew haters also now claim to support Israel. For these European racists, anti-Semitism has been replaced by Islamaphobia. One wonders why it should not be any different for white supremacist Islamophobes in Australia – of which, judging by the audience that are attracted to Bolt’s online blog at the Herald Sun website, there are, thankfully, not too many.
It is unfortunate that there are some Australian’s that support Bolt’s racist world view and it is also unfortunate that a leading media mogul should provide support for his vile hatreds. Australia would be better off by far for not having to tolerate the rabid writings of this particular racist.