Saturday, June 1, 2013

Australian Media Quantifies the Importance of Human Lives

Institutional racism exists in Australia. Anyone who denies that must be living on another planet. But it still hurts when you see it directed towards you or your people.

Last year, a Caucasian woman (originally from the UK) Jill Meagher was raped and murdered. It was horrible and we saw CCTV footages and her photos. We also heard her promising life here in Australia. All of these lasted several weeks.

A week ago, a pregnant Asian woman (originally from the Philippines) Joan Ryther was bashed, raped and murdered. Her unborn child was also killed. Had I not visited the Facebook page of a Filipino-Australian news site last night, I would not have learned about it.

I watch morning and evening news. I also read news websites of ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, The Advertiser, The Age and SBS and it was only this morning that ABC decided to report about it when somebody already got arreested.

This disinterestedness for segments of the Australian society is not giving this country a good reputation. We are all precious so please do not make us feel otherwise.


Anonymous said...

Whatever Dexter. It sounds like you are bored.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with your statements with respect to the loss of Joan Ryther.

This senseless tragedy of a young mother to be has been visible via numerous media outlets and there has definitely been an outpouring of grief with respect to her loss. The community has shown that they do care that an innocent woman, who was only walking to work to earn an honest living, has lost her life in this most terrible way. The community support ensured that money was raised so that she can be returned to her homeland to be laid to rest near her family.

RIP Joan Canino Ryther and her unborn child

Dexter Mejia said...

I know that there is an outpouring of support for Joan's husband but that is not what my blog entry is about.

I just want to say that the exposure that Jill's case has been given is far more extensive than Joan's.