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in the murder capital of australia, it’s still safe to be a racist:

NATIONAL, September 10, 2009: An Alice Springs resident has responded to the alleged bashing death of an Aboriginal man by five young white men by selling “Alice Springs White Power” t-shirts and caps from his car.

And it’s all happening outside the Alice Springs Town Council offices, with local police and council officials refusing at least two requests by local residents to shut the man down.

The t-shirts and caps were yesterday on display in the passenger side window of a 4WD ute parked directly across the road from the council chambers. The number plates on the vehicle read ‘GANGSTA’, and a hand-written sign was taped to the back passenger window advertising the shirts and caps.

The sign included pricing – $25 for a shirt, $25 for a cap or to [sic] for $35. The shirt includes a Nazi swastika symbol, and the sign includes a mobile number, 0410 366 701.

writes Chris Graham in the NIT.

i would like to say that the majority of people in this town are not racist. but i’m afraid this is the extremist end of a sliding scale of opinions in a town where everyday racism is pretty banal. i have written elsewhere about the way the intervention has affected race relations here. more directly, the suspension of the racial discrimination act in the NT may have legalised this kind of vilification.

(cross-posted at overland)

3 Comments

  1. Paul wrote:

    It's one of those situations where action should be taken now by authorities to stop more severe action being taken later by those with no official authority.

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:37 am | Permalink
  2. jenjen wrote:

    dennis has since apologised and called himself a drunken idiot. the audio is worth a listen.

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 3:42 am | Permalink
  3. alex wrote:

    and finally been charged http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/14/2685217.htm?section=australia

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 7:17 am | Permalink