That's the title of an article by some dick at Socialist Alliance. Our indignant leftie quotes the following stats:
* Aborigines are imprisoned at 16 times the rest of the population and, consistently since 1999, have made up 20% of the prison population - a rise of 6% since 1991.Ooh, bad white people. Stop being mean to our black brothers. Etc etc etc.
Tilty-headed leftie then quotes some more stats:
* Indigenous people also suffer higher rates of crime. A 2001 study in New South Wales found that Aborigines are 5.5 times more likely to suffer domestic violence, 3.4 times more likely to suffer assault, 2.8 times more likely to suffer sexual assault, and 2.5 times more likely to be murdered.Right. So on the one hand, Aboriginals are getting locked up lots. On the other hand, they are much more likely to be a victim of crime.
I guess the inference here is that Aboriginals are locked up so often because they commit crimes against white people, and it is unfair for them to be locked up for say bashing, robbing or raping a white person. Or just being drunk and laying a turd on their front lawn, before smashing up the letter box and keying the car in the driveway.
The second inference is that some horrible group of unmentionable people (presumably white) is running around assaulting, raping and murdering Aboriginals like there is no tomorrow.
Um, wrong. If you are an Aboriginal, and you've just been bashed or raped or murdered, chances are the perpetrator was another Aboriginal. Similarly, if you are an Aboriginal interested in doing a bit of burglary or car theft, chances are you will be stealing from other Aboriginals (but that probably depends on where you live).
The biggest victims of crime are always the poor. White, middle class people like me and my friends rarely run around raping women, stealing cars, breaking into houses (we're too unfit to get through a window) and generally murdering and vandalising etc. We live in neighbourhoods where not much of that sort of thing goes on, because crims are generally lazy, so they won't go far to commit a crime if they have to. If they can rob the old pensioner next door, why travel 30 kilometres to rob me?
I never said they were that smart.
Anyway, the reason there are a lot of Aboriginals in prison is that they have commited an awfully large number of assaults, bashings etc on their kith and kin. White people are not getting in cars and driving out to say Brewarrina with the intention of doing a bit of raping and pillaging amongst the Aboriginal community. It's black on black.
So let's say we get all tilty headed and compassionate and let all those innocent blackfellas out of prison. How do you think that will make their victims, who are also largely Aboriginal, feel about things? Do you think they'll feel safe and secure knowing that Jimmy the drunken axe murderer is back on the streets, and roaming around with a cask of Coolabah and a machete?
In short, a lot of Aboriginals are locked up because they have been perfectly beastly to other Aboriginals.
These fucking lefties have no idea.