I have to admit, when I first heard of Reclaim Australia, judging by its name I thought it was worthy of support.
However that was short-lived.
I had mistakenly assumed that reclaiming Australia must be some sort of indigenous movement given the name. I mean who else has any sort of historically and factually based claim on this nations land?
Alas Reclaim Australia are a political party with supporters who have a mistaken belief that they once held a claim on this country and now seek to reclaim it from another group of people who are yet to lay any sort of claim on it whatsoever.
If you think that makes little sense you are clearly someone who benefited from an education that Reclaim Australia’s supporters lacked.
Reclaim Australia are a party with zero credibility, a small supporter base of primarily bogans and racists, and policies based on positions of misguided fear. They are a party that is desperately seeking not just credibility, but particularly attention to improve their supporter numbers. The apparent aim is to have enough supporters so they can amass a combined IQ that hits triple figures.
The way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to not give them any oxygen at all.
That is why I was disappointed to see the ridiculous and utterly futile efforts by anti-racism protesters to hold their own protest at a Reclaim Australia protest in Richmond Victoria on the weekend.
Also there to spit out their childish bile and join the Reclaim Australia ridiculousness were members of the equally absurdly named United Patriots Front. A patriot is defined as;
“a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.”
Australia is a multicultural country, it has been since us white folk arrived, so despite the ironic choice of name, I’m guessing that by definition the United Patriots Front would fit into the enemy or detractor category, not the Patriots they aspire to fool people into thinking they are.
Those who went to attend the counter-protest a true patriots should be aware that protesting against stupidity is pointless. It is not unlike yelling at an empty room, or in this case empty heads.
Whilst I understand that making a stand against racism is crucial, I think we need to be a little smarter when choosing our battles.
What was achieved by choosing this battle was a couple of fat lips, black eyes and a few bruises on a few ego’s and bodies. However the biggest achievement was turning what would have been an unnoticed and inconsequential protest into a leading news story.
Reclaim Australia could not buy this sort of publicity, and it is no wonder they are planning more protests, no doubt hoping for more confrontation.
For those who are thinking of pitching up at the next Reclaim Australia protest, can I be so bold as to ask you to think again?
By showing up you will certainly not change any minds and your presence will only guarantee a few things
- That there will be conflict
- That there will be publicity via news footage
- That Reclaim Australia and United Patriots Front memberships will rise as a result
If this is what you are hoping to achieve, go for it. If not, you’ll achieve more staying in bed.
I know where I’ll be.