BLAME OUR OPEN DOOR, NOT OUR RACISM, FOR AFRICAN CRIME
Apex gang documentary lies can’t solve Melbourne’s crime problem
THERE are two sides to the story of the crime wave of African refugees terrorising parts of Melbourne.
First, there’s the version pushed last week by a taxpayer-funded documentary run on the taxpayer-funded SBS and promoted on Facebook by Victoria Police.
Apex: Behind the Headlines trots out the usual official excuses, evasions and hate-Australia victimology that helped our politicians create this social disaster and then hide it.
It claims the Sudanese and Somali refugee communities are “demonised”, “misunderstood” and victims of “media hype” by newspapers searching for “scapegoats” for a “perceived crime wave”.
In this version the Sudanese and Somalis “suddenly found themselves with a target on their back”, hounded by white racists.
But then there’s the other side to the story — driven not by taxpayer-funded spin but brutal facts on the ground.
You see, in the very same week SBS screened Apex: Behind the Headlines, another string of crimes showed all that destructive blame-Australia spin is a lie.
A man driving home from church had an African man jump in his car and hold a knife to his throat.
Another man had a gun fired at him and his son bashed by two Africans who invaded their home.
Another who befriended three Africans at a bar was attacked and robbed.
A fourth man had a machete held to his throat by two Africans who robbed him.
A family driving to basketball had an African jump on their bonnet, screaming at them to stop.
The SBS documentary protests that “just” 2 per cent of Victoria’s youth crime was carried out by the Sudanese-born, but this is actually extraordinary, given they make up just 0.11 per cent of the population.
In fact, police statistics show the Sudanese-born are 128 times more likely than other Victorians to commit violent robberies, and 68 times more likely to commit home invasions.
Yet for too long our institutions tried to hide this truth about yet another refugee program that has exposed us to danger.
Victoria Police under commissioner Christine Nixon even falsely claimed the Sudanese and Somalis were “under-represented” in crime statistics.
And government agencies even now spread the damaging fantasy that if poorly educated refugees from a martial Third World culture struggle to fit in, the fault lies in Australia’s fabled racism rather than the door we left open.