Riots after boy’s death linked to racist comments 5



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You could be forgiven for thinking the streets of Kalgoorlie looked like something straight out of America yesterday.

And while calm is returning to Kalgoorlie after the death of a 14-year-old boy sparked violent protests, a bigger issue appears to have been uncovered.

Indigenous elders in the area are calling on more to be done about an undercurrent of racism in the community, which they say is to blame for the violence.

So what triggered such a violent outburst?

A local 14-year-old, Elijah Doughty, was killed after he was allegedly hit by the driver of a ute while out riding a motorcycle.

The ABC is reporting that the motorcycle was allegedly stolen, and linked to the driver of the ute.

The violence began when the driver of the ute was charged with manslaughter, triggering protests and anger outside of the Kalgoorlie courthouse.

But it’s racist comments on social media that could have made things even worse, elders say.

Two Kalgoorlie elders have spoken to the ABC, calling for police to take action against people posting racist comment on Kalgoorlie community social media pages.

Bruce Smith said it was an issue that had been brewing over in Kalgoorlie for years.

“What are they going to do about it? The justice system, is it working for all Australians?,” he said.

He wants police to tackle the undercurrent of racism boiling over onto social media, which has seen Aboriginal people threatened with rape and violence.

“Those are the ones that are going to continue brewing those attitudes we don’t want to see, and it’s all coming out on social media, on Facebook,” he said.

“They’ve got to learn that these people (Indigenous people) are going to live,  and the justice system that’s going to serve them should be put right so that the future generation of our youths in this town are being protected.”

Fellow elder Aubrey Lynch said the violence was “buggering up” the relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community.

“I just think, well, if anything can come out of it good, it’d be for the community to wake up to themselves and realise, to keep their kids home, not let them roam the streets and the wider community to help the Aboriginal people work together and live together, live side by side instead of having this hatred,” he said.

What do you think? Is Australia heading down the path of America when it comes to racism?

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  1. Parental irresponsibility is the real problem.

  2. Alcohol and Indigenous out of control crime and lack of care and guidance from Indigenous parents are to blame for all of this. As the Elders say keep your kids at home and stop.them from roaming the streets until the wee hours of the morning. It’s not racial comments it’s the truth. People of both cultures Caucasian and Indigenous need to responsible. Alot of these people violently protesting are constantly drunk and they are the parents of the kids that break into people’s homes ,steal their cars or just smash car windows for fun. We have the same problem here in Darwin. Labour in the NT are bringing back the banned drinkers list and restricting Alcohol purchases to already intoxicated people. Disgusting behaviour where we see Indigenous people pulling up paveRS from a path to throw at Police. This kid was a thief big time over and over again and he laughed at being able to get away with it. Stop trying to make out he was a little Angel and just a child.The man accused probaby snapped out of frustration of having things stolen off him repeatly.

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    • Susan you are absolutely correct in everything you have said!
      Nothing is being gained by their disgusting behavior.These people are insanely screaming for justice against those whose job it is to achieve just that.

    • You’re correct, Susan.
      The indigenous are a ‘protected species’, & don’t they know it, especially the ‘feral’ kids!
      Look at the damage caused by them in Aurukun, & Mt Isa.

      Fancy a 14yo threatening a School Headmaster, who’s an Aboriginal, with an axe!

      Maybe a caning, like happens in Singapore, where there’s no crime, was meted out here, they’d think twice about their inflicting criminal behaviour. The parents’ are usually drunk, so no guidance from that quarter!

      Some time in ‘stocks’, too, could be a deterrent, once they get splattered with multiple types of rotten fruit, & veggies’, would give them a reason to rethink their ‘lifestyle’.

      But you can imagine all the ‘goodie-two shoes’, & other leftie naysayers’ allowing those?

      Get sick of seeing them spitting, stomping, & setting fire to the Australian Flag.
      That should be a nice l o n g gaol sentence, in itself!

  3. “…Riots after boy’s death linked to racist comments…”

    More like:

    Racist comments after boy’s death linked to riots!

    So the blame game starts; everything is white Australia’s fault!

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