Monday, August 08, 2005

A response...

Yes i do believe in freedom of speech...

As long as it is not derogatory or defamatory to anyone.

Professor Fraser's comments, and I will admit i have been unable to find an original copy of his letter, as far as i can tell, were sweeping generalisations without any evidence. I am not satisfied with having to rely on quotes from the letter as i understand that certain sentences can be taken out of context but from what i can see his claims that letting in black african immigrants will lead to higher crime rates due to their below average IQ were made without providing any reference to a source, reliable or otherwise, for this information.

Fraser, as an academic, should know better.

Just discovered an article that mentions that he referenced a psychology journal where some researchers made a link between heredity and IQ. Incidentally there was a contradictory article in the same issue...

I can't get over his audacity at claiming that non white people could never call themselves Australians like the Anglo-celtic first settlers. Does he discount the indigenous population that has been here, even at conservative estimates, 100x longer than europeans? Most of the things he claims are down to race are due to social and other environmental factors, such as socio-economic status, level of education etc. NOT race. Should we be turning away the Irish because we don't want to invite Catholic-protestant violence into our community?

In summing up this is not freedom of speech this is a man putting forward a personal issue using his "authority" as an academic to validate his words.

Rant over.


Blogger EJ said...

NB. This is said without having seen the original letter sent by Fraser.

Perhaps Professor Fraser made these comments in an attempt to raise awareness of the plight of the sudanese people. His comments may do more harm than good in the short term... but if the white community realises the struggles these people may have fitting into the Australian way of life, we might band together to help, educate and get to know this group of NEW AUSTRALIANS.

I am neither for nor against the comments made by fraser, I simply dont have enough information to form an educated opinion on the matter.

5:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Fraser? Is that the pyschiatrist dude?

1:50 pm  
Blogger Dynamo said...

Fraser is a lecturer from the law faculty of macquarie university. Canadian born

1:53 pm  

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