It ought to be one of the markers of a mature liberal democracy that this kind of shit doesn’t happen anymore:
An Alice Springs backpacker hostel may face legal action after it turned away a group of Indigenous people because of their skin colour.The 16 women and children had travelled 300 kilometres from Yuendumu to Alice Springs to train as lifeguards for their community’s new swimming pool.
They checked into the Haven Backpackers resort, but a short time later the manager told them that guests already staying there had complained of being scared.
The group included several young mothers and a three-month-old baby. Most were young leaders, chosen specially for their standing in the Yuendumu community.
The resort manager told Bethany Langdon from the Yuendumu Young Leaders program the group would have to leave.
“The manager came out and told me that we weren’t suitable to stay there,” she told ABC1’s Lateline program.
“They said, because you’re Aboriginal, other tourists were making complaints that they were scared of us.
“I felt like I wanted to cry, because it made me feel like I wasn’t an Australian.”
Ms Langdon says it is her first experience of overt racism. [ABC News]
Hover the cursor over the clock in the lower right corner of your computer screen. Yes, it does say 2008. Though in all fairness, I think most would be pretty disgusted by this. According to The Age, when the manager heard that the media had been contacted about the incident, she tried to offer the group a $480 bribe, and in a later statement declared that the hostel caters only to international guests (which, if true, does nothing to explain why the group was permitted to check into the hostel in the first place).
Take them to the cleaners, girls.
UPDATE: The opening sketch of this D-Generation YouTube says it all . . .