bbc-howard.jpg In 1787, convicts in the over-crowded prisons of Britain were deposited in 11 ships in the first wave of transfers to the penal colony of Australia. Together with the convicts were second-class soldiers sent there to mind them. Through the years, native Australians, the Aborigines, were maltreated, and the United Nations has questioned them on racial discrimination.

I don’t think there has been any serious study done on the character of the “migrant” Australian. I have met a few of these white Australians, not enough to make generalisations though. But from the few I’ve met, I have noticed some common traits in their character.

I believe they feel a general discomfort, a malaise of being who they are because of their history. It’s as if they are thinking that non-Australians look at them and ask themselves if their ancestors were those convicts in the penal colonies of old. The white Australians look down on people from third-world countries, envious perhaps that they at least have some history to be proud of.

Then they ally themselves with first-world nations, like the United States, as if they seek to be identified with first-class peoples. They are in a part of the world that, like the Japanese, they do not wish to be connected with.

Now when that first-world nation might have a black President, Australia must poke their nose in what is clearly not their business and have a say, as if to dictate to its people that they would be wrong if he were chosen. It would put their “identifying with a first-world nation” out of joint, wouldn’t it?

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