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Canadian victim of anti-American racism and heartless judiciary!

By johnboy - 10 March 2009 54

The Canberra Times has the sad story of Oliver James Kolouch, 22 of Canada, who spent his birthday drinking in Manuka. He was hassled by racists who’d mistaken him for a US citizen and naturally enough got in a fight.

Showing some wisdom he then smashed up a Proton sedan.

Flint hearted Magistrate Grant Lalor was making sure Oliver goes no-where before paying for his damages:

    ”He’s not leaving this territory until compensation is paid,” Mr Lalor told Kolouch’s lawyer, Michael Toole. ”He thinks he can come here and conduct a drunken spree and expect to get on the next flight to Canada…”

    Kolouch pleaded guilty to fighting in a public place and damaging property and was fined $400 and ordered to pay $500 compensation to the owner of the car.

Apparently Kolouch has paid the fine and left the country. One doubts he’ll be doing testimonials for Canberra Tourism.

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Canadian victim of anti-American racism and heartless judiciary!
FC 11:42 am 10 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

I think it’s more a case of the insults and factual taunts that are levied against the previous Bush maladministration being taken as racism.

In my case, comments/stereotypes have definitly been racist. but somehow the people thought it was ok to make them toward “yanks” because they are either whites they were insulting, or not a minority group.

justbands 11:36 am 10 Mar 09

> I’m having a go at people who criticize every American they meet over Bush and American imperialism, tending to forget the racism and oppression our nation has also taken part in.

OK, but you tied it up into hassling the “wannabe left” & then mentioned a bunch of bad things done by the extreme right…although yes, the Australian right. 🙂

Americans are for the most part fine people, just like people the world over.

Deadmandrinking 11:31 am 10 Mar 09

I’m having a go at people who criticize every American they meet over Bush and American imperialism, tending to forget the racism and oppression our nation has also taken part in.

justbands 11:26 am 10 Mar 09

> To the wannabe left – Howard. Iraq. Afghanistan. Cronulla. Aboriginals. Pauline Hanson. Refugee Camps. Rupert Murdoch. Shut the f-k up and stop embarrassing the better samples of the left.

I don’t get the point of that last bit?

Deadmandrinking 11:18 am 10 Mar 09

There’s nothing wrong with Americans in general. It’s a huge diverse country, full of different kinds of people and subcultures. I’ve met quite a few Americans and tended to like them – probably because I met good people who happened to be born in the US. The same goes for Canadians.

I think the bigotry comes from both small-minded nationalistic fevor and small-minded wannabe left (as opposed to the actual left, who are generally open-minded deep-thinkers).

To the nationalists – Australia isn’t the greatest country in the world. I don’t know what is – I’m kind of inclined to think there isn’t a greatest country in the world. There’s just a sh-tload of them with good points and bad points – some more extreme than others. Bashing people of other nationality does nothing to increase our own international status.

To the wannabe left – Howard. Iraq. Afghanistan. Cronulla. Aboriginals. Pauline Hanson. Refugee Camps. Rupert Murdoch. Shut the f-k up and stop embarrassing the better samples of the left.

George 10:59 am 10 Mar 09

Is his name Kolouch or Canuck?

jessieduck 10:58 am 10 Mar 09

KandyA said :

I live with a Quebecois andn he is insufferable.
We dont usually let him in the house but when we do his frenchy affectations are just embarrassing. Only last night I declared that I was going to go all Underbelly on his ass with a cricket bat.
But I dont have one.

I have to concede that Ice hockey is way better than cricket, and, does anyone know, Canada is way bigger than Australia

Ohhhhh. French Canadians are a whole other ball game!

KandyA 10:52 am 10 Mar 09

I live with a Quebecois andn he is insufferable.
We dont usually let him in the house but when we do his frenchy affectations are just embarrassing. Only last night I declared that I was going to go all Underbelly on his ass with a cricket bat.
But I dont have one.

I have to concede that Ice hockey is way better than cricket, and, does anyone know, Canada is way bigger than Australia

grundy 10:35 am 10 Mar 09

Almost every Canadian I’ve ever met has been great.

Almost every American I’ve ever met has been a loud, arrogant, ignorant, ****hole.

Therefore, does drunk Canadian = American?

🙂

Pommy bastard 10:34 am 10 Mar 09

I think it’s more a case of the insults and factual taunts that are levied against the previous Bush maladministration being taken as racism.

FC 10:26 am 10 Mar 09

I have noticed that especially since Bush was president people seem to think that it is okay to be racist toward/about the United States. maybe people think that its okay because the they are generally dissing white people and somehow that doesn’t make it racism..

Granny 10:21 am 10 Mar 09

Cue Mr Jessieduck ….

*chuckle*

jessieduck 10:17 am 10 Mar 09

johnboy said :

It wasn’t his citizenship that got him in trouble, but the sound of his voice and his appearance. (Possibly also being a drunken ****hole)

Mr Jessieduck is Canadian and I have a few mates that are Canadian- I’ve never witnessed racism towards them so I think it’s more about this kid being a drunken a-hole more then his accent… Mr Jessieduck occasionally gets a bit irked at they “eh” jokes when they are coming thick and fast but that’s only because he thinks he doesn’t do it (but he does).

johnboy 10:02 am 10 Mar 09

It wasn’t his citizenship that got him in trouble, but the sound of his voice and his appearance. (Possibly also being a drunken ****hole)

That sounds more like racism to me. It’s certainly bigotry.

I’ve seen americans treated very shabbily in this town a few times now, I think it’s time to start kicking against it before things get really ugly.

Ari 9:50 am 10 Mar 09

Racism isn’t the right word, nationalism perhaps?

Being a US citizen doesn’t denote your race.

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