Eight high spirited young men took their traditional celebrations of the sacred African holiday Kwanzaa to a home in the outer south eastern Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne at 1.40am on New Year’s Day. These youngsters were hoping to spread some Kwanzaa cheer, but distressingly it appears that the three male occupants of the house refused to get into the Kwanzaa spirit and even became belligerent and possibly racist towards their – in bigoted police speak – “of African appearance” surprise visitors. A dispute over the Kwanzaa festivities ensued, and the three racists suffered injuries from some sort of African celebratory paraphernalia – perhaps a Kwanzaa candle – and had to be taken to hospital, one of them by airlift.
Many racists who don’t understand African culture and how it is celebrated, like at Kwanzaa time, mistakenly refer to this happening as a “home invasion”, and to the scratches that were suffered by the victims as “stabbings”. Sadly, there is still a lot of institutional racism in Australia and Victoria Police – probably because most of its members never even went to university – agrees with the bigots:
State owned media have of course taken a great interest in this story. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s report on the event … no wait, they didn’t report on it. ABC watching people rarely go to places like Cranbourne anyway, and the most recent thing of interest that happened there according to the ABC was some creative but anti-semitic groundskeeping work:
Meanwhile the Special Broadcasting Service, which focuses on ethnic life in Australia, and therefore was all over .. no, nothing there either. SBS did report on health authority racism towards Afghans in Cranbourne recently though, so there’s that:
No one can understand why the SBS doesn’t seem interested in this fascinating and age old African immigrant custom of visiting random people in their houses late at night and affording the occupants a chance to appreciate some multiculturalism, right in the comfort and security of their own homes.
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