YouTube video of racist abuse captures Australia’s darker side
Footage of a racist verbal attack on a French woman in Australia told to “speak English or die” has emerged on YouTube.
COMMUTERS on a Melbourne bus in Australia witnessed an abusive display of violent threats and racism towards a young French woman when verbally attacked for singing a song in her native language by fellow passengers.
A Melbourne stand-up comedian, Mike Nayna, travelling on the bus captured the footage on his phone and posted it to YouTube. It shows three people shouting threats at the women, calling her a bitch, a c— and a dog.
The threats came after the woman, sitting at the back of the bus, started to sing a song in French. A middle-aged man started the attack, saying “speak English or die, mother—er”. He continued “everyone on the bus wants to kill ya! You’re gonna have to get off eventually bitch. You worked that out yet?” and threatens to cut off her breasts.
After a woman further heckles the French commuter, to which she responds “Just go; you can go now”, a man pushing a baby buggy joins in, shouting:
“I’ll f—ing boxcutter you right now, dog, talk to my missus like that.
“Yeah, come on c—, get off. F—ing ding. Look at ya. You’ve been told about four times, get off.”
The man then smashed the window closest to the French women after exiting the bus.
This senseless display of aggression and anger came on a Sunday night at about 10.30pm. Mr Nayna, who captured the footage, has told SMH he is concerned about the mob mentality it demonstrated.
“It didn’t make any sense. There was no logic,” he said.
“It was just weird mob mentality. They were feeding off each other and breaking off into rants and encouraging each other over some racist stuff – it was like a bonding session.”
Although Mr Nayna tried to step in to stop the abuse, he himself was subjected to comments about how black people should sit at the back of the bus.
He said one of the abusive passengers even threatened to “fillet these c—s” with a fishing knife.
He has uploaded the video to YouTube, where it has already received more than 600,000 views, to encourage a national discussion on the issue of racism.
“I don’t care about these people, I feel like they can reap what they sow, so good luck to them, but what I’d prefer to do is … show how embarrassing it is and get people talking about that maybe racism is a problem,” Mr Nayna said.
“I want those people to see it and hopefully it will change the way they think by being shamed.
“There were just a lot of scared faces and confusion … there was just no sense to be made of it.”
The incident has once again raised questions as to the prevalence of racist attitudes in Australia. Previous incidents such as the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old Indian student in 2010 and the 2005 Cronulla riots have been reported by the international media and have led to a perception that there is an underlying current of intolerance that needs to be addressed in Australian society.
Media outlets in Australia have reported the incident as “shocking” and a “racist tirade”. There has been an expression of outrage on talk-back radio and on tv and news sites.
Victorian police are investigating the incident.
“Victoria Police take incidents like this seriously and detectives from the transit unit are actively investigating,” a spokeswoman said.
Watch Mike Nayna’s YouTube video here: