Words matter. Not gangs. “Groups”. That changes everything, doesn’t it?Having just been to Victoria, I confess that a large group of African youths who had ganged up in front of my hotel in little Burke street around midnight on the 16th of January made me feel so safe that I asked our driver to take us to an all night cafe’ for another hour in the hope that they would be gone by then. They were still there an hour later, but they had moved down the road. Just wondering: if I had been bashed and robbed, would it even make the news with muppets like Victoria’s Chief Commissioner of Police Graham Ashton in charge?
GROUPS THRIVE IN SUDAN ANDREWS’ GANGLESS PARADISE
There are no African gangs in Victoria, South Sudanese community leader Richard Deng recently told the ABC.
Instead, there is “just a group of young kids who are going together in a group and they are terrorising people”.
A group of young kids terrorising people, you say? Sounds like a gang. But “gang” is forbidden terminology when it comes to our Sudanese brothers. Among polite folk, it’s as rare as the verb “rogered” in correspondence between the Bronte sisters.
Regrettably, Victoria’s Chief Commissioner of Police Graham Ashton finds himself within that polite cohort. Those aren’t gangs, he insisted last week. Rather, they are “young people coming together and networking through social media and then engaging in criminal activity”.
The closest Ashton gets to using any gang talk is to say it kind of, sort of resembles what is happening in Melbourne’s poorer suburbs. “We’ve got some young people,” he said, “who are engaging in what looks like gang activity or gang related behaviours.”
As it happens, Ashton only looks like a police chief. Another South Sudanese community leader, Kot Monoah, is also gang-averse, describing various incidents as “behavioural issues happening with young people compounded by drugs and alcohol.”
People weren’t always so reluctant to identify something for precisely what it is. A 2007 Reuters piece filed from Egypt, where some one million Sudanese refugees were then living, used these words and phrases to cover Sudanese activities across Cairo:
“One of Cairo’s biggest Sudanese street gangs”, “the rival Lost Boys gang hacked at his skull with machetes”, “about five Sudanese have died gang-related deaths”, “joining gangs”, “gang researcher”, “gang membership now estimated in the hundreds”, “young Sudanese living in gang-dominated neighborhoods”, “choose between one gang or the other”, “choose a gang to be in”, “the gangs”, “gangs’ lifestyle of expensive clothes and parties”.
See? It isn’t so difficult. Incidentally, one of the Sudanese gang members interviewed for that piece, a 21-year-old whose friend was hacked to death in the street during World Refugee Day celebrations, had this to say: “I will go anywhere. Maybe Australia.”
Maybe he did.
(This column ran in Monday’s Daily Telegraph. To read all columns on their day of publication, please subscribe.)
A young thug from Somalia who terrorised a Footscray barber shop has been jailed for three months.
Jamali Musa, 20, of Flemington shook his head in disbelief as he was taken into custody and hauled off to jail.
The youth had expected to walk free on a good behaviour bond, which he was already on when he participated in the terrifying brawl last July.
The corrupt government and police don’t want the facts being reported – that Sudanese and Somalis ie Africans (or now so-called African-Australians WTF?) are 44 times more likely to commit a crime than white Australians.
Apparently, it’s all part and parcel of living in a big city – like terrorism. All thanks to our politicians who have imported this diversity and cultural enrichment to create chaos and increase government control of our lives.
You see at a certain point you get so much “diversity” and division that normal social structures start to break down and what you get is a fragmented society which needs greater and greater governmental intervention and control. In countries like Sweden, the government has almost total control of the media all while the country slips further and further into multicultural chaos…