It has come to this, segregated playgrounds
Like most mothers with young children, Coverdale enjoys opportunities to socialise with other mothers of children the same age while on maternity leave, especially in her neighbourhood in inner-city Sydney.
So when a Russian-born friend mentioned a playgroup on Thursdays, at the Alexandria Park Community Centre, she was enthusiastic.
Two weeks ago, on a humid Thursday morning, she bundled her eight-month-old baby in the pram and walked with her four-year-old son the short distance to the community centre.
When she arrived, her red-haired son raced off to play while she looked around for her friend.
That was when a staff member approached and asked if it was her first day. Coverdale thought how nice that she was so attentive.
But then the woman said: “Can I ask what your cultural background is?”
Taken aback, Coverdale, who has blonde hair and freckles, said: “I’m Australian”.
Immediately, the woman said: “I’m sorry, you can’t come here. It’s for multicultural families and people who speak languages other than English at home.”
This is what is happening to Western culture. The obsessive emphasis on identity and multiculturalism has led us here. It has led us to a place where the way people “look” is all that matters. A place where people are using “anti-discrimination” to discriminate.
This story also has a positive ending though
After being alerted to the problem on Friday, Education Minister Rob Stokes and his department, to their credit, instructed Fletcher to allow all families to attend the playgroup.
“I was disappointed to hear that a mum and her young child felt they were not welcome… This is not acceptable. Everyone, regardless of their background, should feel included in these wonderful community activities.”
The Education Department also has “counselled the program facilitator [Fletcher] regarding the requirement of the program to be inclusive”, said a spokesman late Friday.
In this case the media reported on the bigotry, and a wrong was righted. But not the cause of the problem. The Left has taken a noble and good cause, ending racism, and slowly, but surely twisted it into a charge for encoding racism, as long as it is perpetrated against the right groups. They are creating a culture where discrimination is the worst sin on earth if perpetrated against certain groups, but completely justified and righteous if it targets other groups. Once more we see that Leftism destroys everything it touches.