Flat White

How white were my Greens?

26 July 2020

3:10 PM

26 July 2020

3:10 PM

We all know the terrible truth about the Greens; that for all their noise and posturing, they’re largely Julian Burnside types or updated versions of Rik from the Young Ones.

They love to talk about the marginalised, the oppressed and — this being 2020 — have leapt upon the Black Lives Matters bandwagon and can’t stop using this season’s hippest activist acronym, POC, people of colour.

Their leader, Senator Herr Doktor Bandt, went a hooting and a hollering about racism earlier this month when the government of Danandrewstan locked down nine Flemington and North Melbourne public housing tower potential coronavirus flashpoins, some which lie in his electorate.


So look how the Greens have covered the episode in the current edition of their magazine:

The subjects of the photo couldn’t be whiter. Could. Not. Be. Whiter. Does this mean the Greens weren’t able to find any POC willing in nine – nine – towerblocks packed with people from around the globe to pose for their propaganda purposes?

Or does it just mean that, for all their posturing, for all the talk of community, the vast majority Greens are very white indeed; the comfortable, privileged, posturing bourgeoisie and silly student radicals whose posh private school uniforms hang in the wardrobe back at Mummy and Daddy’s house in a leafy suburb somewhere who like to talk about “people of color” (we might as well use the American spelling, as that’s where they’ve stolen the expression from) but don’t connect with them?

The terrible truth is that the answer to both questions is likely to be an emphatic “yes”.

Illustrations: Australian Greens.

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