Liep Gony was a gorgeous boy with a goofy grin. He was from the Sudan. By all accounts, he wasn’t some knife-toting gang member.
Liep had finished school and was looking for work to earn some money before applying to university.
“He completed his year 12 but he was trying to look for work before uni,” Mr Joshua [Liep’s uncle] said.”In fact I think he had a promise to be employed by Monday meat processing in Colac.”
But Kevin Andrews chose to associate Liep, in an interview a few days later, with the government’s new policy to reduce Australia’s intake of immigrants from Africa. As if the attack was Liep’s own fault. For being too black, and for inconveniencing whites by putting his head under their fists, or something.
But questioned yesterday about last week’s fatal bashing in Noble Park of Sudanese refugee Liep Gony, 18, and whether better settlement services were needed, he said:
“I have been concerned that some groups don’t seem to be settling and adjusting into the Australian way of life as quickly as we would hope and therefore it makes sense to put the extra money in to provide extra resources, but also to slow down the rate of intake from countries such as Sudan.”
As Suz says: Andrews embarasses us again.
So who were his attackers?
It yesterday emerged that Mr Gony’s alleged attackers were not African. Two Noble Park men, David Rintoull, 22, and Dylan Sabatino, 19 have been charged with Gony’s murder. A girl, 17, is facing other charges. Victorian detectives will seek the trio’s extradition when they face court in Adelaide today.
So, let me get this straight, Mr Andrews – you were blaming the vicious racism of these three or four white people on the Sudanese community whose child they attacked and killed?
Oh, get them out. Get them out soon. These people are intolerable.
I’m talking about the government.
Crossposted at Road to Surfdom