The Proclamation

As I draw closer, I see that the bumper sticker reads: ‘Love it or leave’
The True Australians.

I gaze about, heat rising inside, flushed with anger and fear. The hunted. Intolerant eyes everywhere.

You see I missed the proclamation. When the crown of ignorance, intolerance and self-righteousness was placed on your head.

I didn’t realise there were ‘true’ and untrue’ among this nation’s inhabitants. What an amazing revelation! I then ask myself, which am I, ‘true’ or ‘untrue’?

How do I know if I’m worthy? Is there a test? Oh yes of course, I remember now, a test legitimised by state power: The citizenship test.

- I know about cricket
- I can speak English
- I know who the first Prime Minister was
- I say G’day to passers by.

Shit, I guess I must be one of the true. Can I relax and feel safe and welcome now? I mean I lived here since the day I was born. Or does my skin colour preclude this?Can I consider myself normal? Or will my love of diversity ultimately prove to be my downfall?

I just don’t know. I guess I should stop and ask a true authority when you next walk out your suburban door into the crisp air of your great country, to claim your god given culturally superior right

to be a fucking bigot

Whadya reckon mate?
Too bloody right!

The Proclamation


Sydney, Australia

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This was inspired by a bumper sticker on a car across the street from where I live. It brought up many feelings for me. Anger in the main.

I long for a generally deeper understanding of cultural and other forms of diversity in human society. I believe diversity is the stuff of and the stimulus for life itself. Without it energy cannot flow and things cannot be.

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