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Canadian victim of anti-American racism and heartless judiciary!

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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Oliver_lover Oliver_lover 10:44 am 13 Mar 09

What can I say about the media? Get your facts right before publishing. In two sentences, one is saying that it was Oliver’s fault and in the next sentence it is blaming the two guys. Get it right! My opinion would be that it would not surprise me if the aussie guys were looking for a fight and poor Oliver was the person they picked on. Besides, how do we know if he was due to fly back home? I just hope that the other guys got their fair share of the blame too.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:55 pm 11 Mar 09

DJ said :

Years ago in Earls Court I remember seeing a group of lads going nuts while wearing a very distinctive display of typical ‘Aussie’ tourist rugby jerseys… when caught they claimed to be Kiwis….

The dirty, rotten mongrels!

chewy14 chewy14 2:44 pm 11 Mar 09

jakez said :

Yep I’ll pay that chewy.

What can I say, the UN is wrong. HAHA.

Wouldn’t be the first time, and definitely won’t be the last.

jakez jakez 2:17 pm 11 Mar 09

Yep I’ll pay that chewy.

What can I say, the UN is wrong. HAHA.

DJ DJ 1:45 pm 11 Mar 09

Years ago in Earls Court I remember seeing a group of lads going nuts while wearing a very distinctive display of typical ‘Aussie’ tourist rugby jerseys… when caught they claimed to be Kiwis….

FC FC 12:44 pm 11 Mar 09

chewy14 said :

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism

The UN does not define “racism”, however it does define “racial discrimination”: according to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination:
the term “racial discrimination” shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life. ‘[1]

It is a bastardisation of the words race and racism, but there is a bit of that going around thes days.

yeah. what they said…

chewy14 chewy14 12:41 pm 11 Mar 09

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism

The UN does not define “racism”, however it does define “racial discrimination”: according to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination:
the term “racial discrimination” shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life. ‘[1]

It is a bastardisation of the words race and racism, but there is a bit of that going around thes days.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 12:17 pm 11 Mar 09

jakez said :

It is my charge that a nation-state does not make a race, particularly in the specific context of the USA. Furthermore, even if we were to accept the use of race in that sense, to use ‘racism’ is to stretch that term far out of its intended meaning.

If I must be the sole rock standing against a thousand crashing waves of sloppy word use, then so be it.

The error is compounded by stating people are racist against Americans “as they are white”, when 40% + of Americans are not.

jakez jakez 12:14 pm 11 Mar 09

chewy14 said :

Jakez,
i actually agree with you, but the UN definition of racial discrimination or racism doesn’t. I think you are fighting a losing battle.

I couldn’t find anything in it that disagreed with me.

However, I’ve pretty much dedicated my life to fighting losing battles so I’ll just add this to the pile.

chewy14 chewy14 12:08 pm 11 Mar 09

Jakez,
i actually agree with you, but the UN definition of racial discrimination or racism doesn’t. I think you are fighting a losing battle.

jakez jakez 11:58 am 11 Mar 09

Normally I would explode with lots of bleargh’s and jesus christ’s however I’m trying to temper my temper (wakka wakka).

Race

3. Anthropology.
a. any of the traditional divisions of humankind, the commonest being the Caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negro, characterized by supposedly distinctive and universal physical characteristics: no longer in technical use.
b. an arbitrary classification of modern humans, sometimes, esp. formerly, based on any or a combination of various physical characteristics, as skin color, facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on such genetic markers as blood groups.
c. a human population partially isolated reproductively from other populations, whose members share a greater degree of physical and genetic similarity with one another than with other humans.

It is my charge that a nation-state does not make a race, particularly in the specific context of the USA. Furthermore, even if we were to accept the use of race in that sense, to use ‘racism’ is to stretch that term far out of its intended meaning.

If I must be the sole rock standing against a thousand crashing waves of sloppy word use, then so be it.

FC FC 10:21 am 11 Mar 09

From Dictionary.com

rac·ism (r?’s?z’?m) Pronunciation Key
n.
The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

did you look it up in the dictionary? cos I did.
And if the shoe fits..

jakez jakez 10:12 am 11 Mar 09

Monster of the Deep said :

I was born in America, moved to Canberra when I was 5 and was schooled here for three years before moving to New South Wales. My treatment at the ACT school was terribly cruel, and every day on TV or in other media I see racism – yes, racism – against Americans. Yet nobody cares, I guess because we’re white.

That’s it. Screw you guys, I’m going home.

jakez jakez 10:07 am 11 Mar 09

FC said :

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..

It doesn’t make it racism.

Can everybody please go to http://www.dictionary.com and learn what the word racism means. There are numerous words to describe the particular piece of bigotry you may be referring to in a given situation so you don’t have to rely on racism.

Thumper Thumper 7:09 pm 10 Mar 09

I lived for three years in the states and when I got back to Australia everyone reckoned I was American.

Monster of the Deep Monster of the Deep 6:28 pm 10 Mar 09

AngryHenry said :

I think anti-US sentiment stems solely from George Bush, which is stupid because he is one person heading a nation of millions. A nation that is responsible for some of my favourite things, like peanut butter M&M’s.

Sorry for the double-post, but anti-US sentiment was around long, long before George Bush, and long before my moving here in 1990. He’s just a convenient target for comedians. But hell yes to peanut butter M&Ms!

pembina said :

As a Canadian and Canberra resident for some years I have experienced being asked/accused if I’m American many times. On learning of my more northerly origins the enquirer often appears ready to defend themselves and then asks if I am now terribly offended as they have heard that Canadians are very insulted when confused with their American neighbours.

It’s funny, I get asked if I’m Canadian all the time! As soon as I meet someone new, maybe the third thing they’ll say to me is, “Do you have an accent?” It’s an odd one that’s neither Australian nor American. Even though it’s just an icebreaker, I don’t like being asked because it’s something that has caused me a lot of pain when I was younger!

Monster of the Deep Monster of the Deep 6:13 pm 10 Mar 09

I was born in America, moved to Canberra when I was 5 and was schooled here for three years before moving to New South Wales. My treatment at the ACT school was terribly cruel, and every day on TV or in other media I see racism – yes, racism – against Americans. Yet nobody cares, I guess because we’re white.

pembina pembina 5:42 pm 10 Mar 09

As a Canadian and Canberra resident for some years I have experienced being asked/accused if I’m American many times. On learning of my more northerly origins the enquirer often appears ready to defend themselves and then asks if I am now terribly offended as they have heard that Canadians are very insulted when confused with their American neighbours. While other Canadians may be, I certainly am not.

I know a number of Americans who I would rate higher than some Canadians I know (and that would include the Canucklehead who is referred to in this post) and a few of the Aussies I’ve met (including the @$$hat who randomly abused my family at Lyneham shops last Monday).

To cut my ramblings short, I agree with the title character in the ‘The English Patient’ (Good book by a fellow international Canadian, too)when he says something to the effect of, “What does it matter where we come from?” People are individuals. No, not all Canadians are ‘nice’ but we’re not all tantrum-throwing, Proton-bashing, over-sensitive, nationalistic man-boys either.

Okay, we are all over-sensitive.

vg vg 4:48 pm 10 Mar 09

God bless 😉

V twin venom V twin venom 4:46 pm 10 Mar 09

I can’t believe I’m saying it but…….yeah, what vg said.

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