“I’ll add my voice to those who are refusing to apologise for ISIS and all that, as it represents the same phenomena I argued against in White Nation. ‘Apologising for ISIS’, ‘distancing oneself from militant Islam’, making claims re how ‘most muslims are law abiding citizens’ are all varieties of the old white colonial game of integration. They are all pronouncements which, in fantasy, presume a white judging gaze that comes at the end of the utterance to say to you: ‘good boys and girls, you really are good’. Except the White colonialists never say it. they always say ‘good *but* repeat that again as I am not totally convinced’ or ‘you’re doing well, one more little effort and one more and one more’. those who enter this game never leave it. As I have said before: all what the colonialists demanding the proof of your integration want is your disintegration. The White assimilationist/integrationist who demands this apology and this distancing should be told in a one hundred percent genuinely Australian way to go and fuck themselves. believe me there is no other way to stop them. If they can’t understand they obviously need to try a little bit harder themselves.”

— Ghassan Hage


We Can Be Heroes is a photographic series by Indigenous artist Tony Albert. It was awarded the National Aborginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Award. The artist “made the work after Sydney police shot two Aboriginal teenagers who drove into a Kings Cross footpath in April 2012.” He says: “We are kind of walking targets in society, whether that be through police violence or brutality, or being followed around in shops.”


We Can Be Heroes is a photographic series by Indigenous artist Tony Albert. It was awarded the National Aborginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Award. The artist “made the work after Sydney police shot two Aboriginal teenagers who drove into a Kings Cross footpath in April 2012.” He says: “We are kind of walking targets in society, whether that be through police violence or brutality, or being followed around in shops.”








Shit happened to Ferguson is happening in Hong Kong right now!

Students were just protesting peacefully for genuine democracy around Admiralty and Central, yet the police forced used pepper spray, tear gas and violence to disperse the crowd. According to the protesters, the police even raided a first aid booth with pepper spray.

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An Open Letter to Sam Pepper


Hi Sam!

Thanks for taking the time to read this letter.  As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel.  It’s not easy, and you should be proud!  That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.

You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention.  In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission.  One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more.  In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it.  Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable.  In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger.

You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you?  Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on.  Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him.  You probably wouldn’t like it, right?

People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video).  And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous.  It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.

We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you, from one creator to another, to please stop.  Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views.  Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable.  Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies.  While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women.  1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.

We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions.  We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place.  It’s not too late to make a change!  We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.

Thanks so much.

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At this time, the video is down but he’d posted another video “of a female friend harassing men in an attempt to hose down the controversy.”


Go Forth and Educate Yourselves!

I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:


“Individual white people, moving from denial of race to awareness, suddenly realize that white-supremacist culture encourages white folks to deny their understanding of race. Yet when the denial stops, it becomes clear that underneath their skin most white folks have an intimate awareness of the politics of race and racism. They have learned to pretend that it is not so, to take on the posture of learned helplessness.”

— bell hooks

I am not even going to speak about willfully ignorant White people. I am talking about White people who are fairly well-read, know how to research (if they’ve done it on their own, for a job or amidst academia) topics and seem to be able to process ideas and thoughts on a variety of topics…except race. Except “isms.”

It’s funny how someone White who may be fairly smart or even a scholar turns into a complete babbling spoiled brat who cannot operate Google, let alone a scholarly journal database, exercise a library card’s purpose, or simply LISTEN to Black people’s experiences and take them AT VALUE. This learned helplessness that bell speaks of is reprehensible. It’s practiced and taught to them on the matter of race. They posses the intellect to understand this; it’s just that many are unwilling and not compassionate enough to do so. Many Whites teeter amidst the binary of denial and guilt (read: conservatives and liberals, respectively).

Online, women face unwanted “compliments” that focus on their appearance, and which sexualise them in a way that men are not subjected to, and which takes focus away from what they say and the content they create. The abuse is not simply sexist; it is often racist and sexually violent and at times homophobic. In this video, content creators, comedians and writers, including Gaby Dunn, share some of the comments they’ve received, and they explain that no matter what they’re discussing, men will argue against them. 

The women here say that they either ignore comments if they’re “annoying” or block commenters who are especially graphic. These women say they are bothered by the comments but at the same time, “I just expect it.” Women are told they have “victim privilege” or they’re accused of being “angry” when they stand up for themselves. This demonstrates how sexist online culture expects women to simply put up with abuse. Such an expectation goes to broader patterns of gender violence against women. These are not just words on screen. Feminist Anita Sarkeesian was recently forced to move out of her home because she received death threats, having lived with hate speech for years, including a violent game created to let men “bash” her face… all because she raised funds to support her series that provides a cultural analysis of sexism in video games.

As Erin La Rosa says in the video below: “This is my work…. it’s a problem. It makes me feel demoralised.” 

In an article about the sexism that former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard faced, I noted that the law protects women against workplace sexual harassment. Just as a woman Prime Minister should not be expected to tolerate verbal sexual violence because she is in the public eye, women online should not be expected to tolerate it either. The idea of block and ignore leaves gender violence to individual women to manage. Online abuse is a public health issue that requires social action, including:

  • Standing up against it when you see it: speak up and let others know it’s not okay; 
  • Reporting formally when you see it (even if it’s not directed at you): all social media platforms have ways of flagging abuse, make sure you use this function every time you see abuse; 
  • Content platforms like YouTube and Twitter need to take stronger action to ban trolls quickly; and 
  • Improving laws dealing with online abuse.