Melbourne journalist Benjamin Miller writes in Fairfax Media on African crime “A mature society can talk about these issues in a way that does not paint every member of a particular community as a potential or likely threat.”
Miller boasts local knowledge and displays refreshing interest in facts. But I’ll wager a Williamstown mortgage he doesn’t know about the council library west of West Gate Bridge where week after week gangs of young African men (often ten or more rampaging through the shelves when not fighting over wifi stations, usually the same ones — so gang is a fair descriptor I think) terrorised my partner, her colleagues and other patrons, till a serious assault or out-and-out fracas became a matter of when not if.
That’s not his fault. She’d gladly fill him in were it not for the blanket non-disclosure policy councils make employees sign. How extra security guards were employed to no avail — not their fault either. She walked home past the same young men loitering at her bus stop, who on a good shift would merely ignore her pleas to stop wreaking havoc. On a bad evening, she and other staff had to hide for hours in a locked corridor till the police came. Funnily enough, elements within the council are none too keen on this getting out.
It is crucial here to understand that the violence arose not through any lack of kindness or inclusivity on the council’s part — quite the opposite. It took a muddleheaded decision to rebrand the traditional library to a de facto community centre and threw open the doors to all takers for free wifi and other facilities. Boost visitor numbers by clearing trouble off the streets. Libraries don’t come much more inclusive than that.
The PC media are the culprits, as usual:
My partner’s experience underlines the folly — and irony — of censoring all links between nationality and crime, should our language police in local government, media, HR bureaucracies — everywhere really — have their way. As Fairfax’s Anson Cameron observed, good honest voices — like my partner — are shut out of the debate.
hat-tip Stephen Neil