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20 September 2013 @ 09:08 pm
I thought we were better than that  
Ugly scene on my bus, on the way home tonight.

I should point out that my bus travels through an area which is really popular with Asians, and roughly 80% of the passengers are Asian. We'd no sooner pulled out of the bus station tonight when this young white guy - maybe 19, 20 years old - started banging on about Asians (or as he called them, "fucking Chinese") taking over the country, taking our jobs etc... not going to repeat his actual words but it was really vile racist bullshit.

He got louder and louder, and eventually the young guy sitting next to him called him on it. Of course things escalated from there; this young guy looked as though he might be of middle-eastern origin so it just got nastier until the two of them were wrestling at the back of the bus. Bus driver pulled in to the next stop and contacted his dispatcher who immediately alerted the police. By this time the guy who took the heckler on had retired, with his shirt ripped almost off his body, and passengers were calling on the heckler to get off the bus.

When the nasty piece of work realised that public sentiment was against him, and he was informed that the police were on the way, he swaggered down the aisle and out the door, where the platform superintendent then escorted him off the bus stop.

Meanwhile the incident was captured and recorded on numerous mobile phones. The young guy who took this dickhead on had to give his name and contact details to the bus driver, so that a report to the police could be made. I gave him my business card, so he had my contact details if he was pressing charges and wanted a witness; don't know how much good I'd be as I'm terrible at remembering faces, but I sure as hell remember the words that this worthless piece of shit said.

Seriously - trash like him should be getting on boats and going elsewhere, and leaving the respectable Asians in our community alone. I felt physically sick with the stuff this guy was spewing; it was ugly, and reprehensible, and I hope I never witness anything similar again.
Current Mood: disgusted
Newsynewsy891 on September 20th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
I would've said this sounded like the US, until you said public sentiment was against the dickhead. Here, public sentiment would be pretty well split, if not FOR the dickhead.
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on September 20th, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
Well, considering that a good 80% of the passengers were of Asian extraction, he was always going to be the odd man out. But the warming fact was that it was the caucasians who were calling this bloke out on his behaviour, telling him to get off the bus. A couple were verbally taking him on, including one Aboriginal lass who suggested that his ancestors were boat people, too! Nice one :-)
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] GRINdraycevixen on September 20th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)

A couple were verbally taking him on, including one Aboriginal lass who suggested that his ancestors were boat people, too! Nice one :-)

You just made my day, thank you. :D
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on September 21st, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
She had such a good point, but this guy didn't want to see it.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS C'MEREdraycevixen on September 20th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)

I'm so sorry that you and all the rest of the people on the bus had to deal with this crap.

It's been my observation that a lot of this bile is spewed by people who think they're so special everything should be handed to them on a plate and when it isn't they then find someone to blame. Because, y'know, it can't be that they're not really that special.
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on September 21st, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know where he got his sense of entitlement from, but he had no reason to believe he was anything special. He was wearing workmen's clothing - I would bet that if you did a quick poll of the occupations of the Asians on my bus, there wouldn't be one single job that this dude was qualified to do, anyway.
anonpussynameranonpussynamer on September 20th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
RE: I thought we were better than that
I've heard of this happening in Sydney and Melbourne, but now it seems to be spreading all over the place. :( Sounds like the dickhead was just itching for an argument and good on those who he was targeting to ignore him (from what I am thinking - could be wrong there) ... geez, what's the world coming too, seriously? Wonder if there is any footage on YouTube - there's a bit from other places, so it could be. Glad I don't use public transport any more ... the local school buses here aren't as bad, obviously, but then you just never know ... *sigh*
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on September 21st, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: I thought we were better than that
I couldn't find anything on youtube... I was looking for the video function on my phone but couldn't find it. Seriously, it was sickening to hear this dude, and I just felt awful for the people he was targeting - I was sitting next to a young Asian girl, and I can't imagine how she felt. I ended up apologising to her, even though it wasn't my behaviour that was at fault.
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miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on September 21st, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know why this bloke thought he was so special or superior, it was a disgusting display of bigotry and hatred. And yes, it was scary at the time; I was so glad he got off the bus when he realised that there could be repercussions, and that the police were on the way.
moonlightmead on October 3rd, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
We're starting to have regular stories in the press of (a) this happening, and (b) other passengers filming in disgust.

Good for you for being willing to give evidence. I once was the only person on a train willing to give a statement after a gang of football fans smashed it up, and it resulted in about three hours of making out a statement and waiting for weeks to find out whether I'd need to give evidence.

(As it happened, I didn't. He'd started off by swearing blind he didn't do it. Then they produced the tray he had stamped out of a seat back - pointed out by moi, after I and a nice transport policeman had *waded* through the detritus in the carriage to find it - with a huge visible boot mark on it, and asked to see his shoes. That's when he asked to see a solicitor :))

Back on topic: so cheering to hear that you weren't the only one there to object. And also, silly thing: I keep forgetting that 'Asian' in Britain and Australia (and America?) means completely different things! (Here, it means mostly Indian sub-continent: so Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and nearby. I think for you, Chinese as well as Japanese? Korean? Vietnamese?
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on October 3rd, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
It's horrible to think that things like this still happen in this day and age. I had hoped we were evolving past it.

I do understand why people are reluctant to get involved, it can be frightening if you're not sure how the perpetrator will react, or if there will be repercussions for you as well. But we need to hold these people accountable, just like you did with the football fans. (cool story, btw!) They need to know that their behaviour is unacceptable.

Yes, to us, Asians are Chinese (who have been here since the gold rush days, if not before), Vietnamese (who migrated here in large numbers during the late 70s/early 80s) and also a lot of Indonesians, plus a smattering of other races. Funny, I never think of Indians as being Asian but I guess geographically they are.

You're in Wales, yeah? You mentioned recently you could be posting more Wales stories - I'm looking forward to that. My dad was the first of his family to be born in Australia, after his parents migrated here from Cardiff.
moonlightmead on October 3rd, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
can't help feeling that in Britain it's getting worse again - lots of picking on lots of people by lots of others. Not just race, but class, lifestyle, disability (seriously - attacks on the disabled are on the increase - what does it say about our society that we even have to measure any of this?)

Yeah, most times you intervene, all you get is a mouthful of abuse. But I think we are all aware of stories where it goes much further :( I think this is where this business of filming on phones helps reduce the risk - people can do something.

Oh, of course, I remember seeing the big Vietnamese movements on the news when I was little. I have encountered the Indonesian influence in the form of a fantastic Indonesian restaurant in... erm... Coogee Bay, I think. Above a Macdonalds, of all places.

Yup, in Wales. And as soon as I have finished responding to everyone else's 30 days, I am going to start mine. Eep!
miwahni: ST Spock multiple attitudesmiwahni on October 4th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Coogee Bay, as in Sydney? Or is there another one somewhere? I've not had Indonesian food more than once or twice, but have enjoyed it.

I was shocked to read that disabled people are being attacked - that's about as low as one can get, really. Seriously, what's wrong with people?

Don't freak about the 30 day thing. If I knew I was going to be away / unavailable for a day, I'd post-date an entry so that I had an unbroken run. Might work for you too.