Gosh, you couldn't pay me enough to live in an all white Australian suburb.
I doubt there is any such thing as an all-white suburb in Australia. Therefore, I am going to assume that she lived in an area (and I can think of quite a few in Brisbane that are constantly on the news) that have a lot of multi cultural tensions, therefore violence. No, it doesn't happen in every multi cultural area, and of course violence is happening amongst Caucasian people also, so I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt & agree that she isn't racist if she is just happy to be away from culture fighting. I hope I have portrayed what I am trying to say correctly.
When I first moved to Australia, I lived on a street with only one Australian... and I hated it. I was surrounded by Kiwis, with a few Brits thrown into the mix and it felt so insular.
My 2 kids and a little Japanese girl are the only non-white (coloured, haha) kids in their daycare. I didn't notice this until another parent joked that they are the token brown kids (and all 3 are quite fair skinned). I don't want my children growing up without cultural diversity, or to think that 'white is normal', but it's an amazing centre and they get a lot of diversity outside of daycare.
I know people who have actually spent most of their professional careers working in developing countries around the world, for the UN and ngo's, that have become racist as a result of their experiences, and love nothing more than coming home to their nice, all-white, civilised neighbourhoods.
DF & a friend were reminiscing about the street they grew up on - Nonna D across the road feeding them constantly, the Vietnamese family next door who gave all the meat offcuts to the dog (they swear the dog ate better than anyone in the street) the older couple from Serbia who fought like cat & dog and had the most creative insults.
I'd much rather their experiences than my lack of them.
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