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Keep 18C in it's entirety

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My best friend was from South Sudan.

He was murdered while rescuing women and children during the first 3 weeks if that country's latest war. Read about him and contrubute to scholarships if you can. See johnmacfoundation. org

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i want peace and harmony for all

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I grew up in the U.K. And was subjected to racial and sectarian prejudice all of my life there.

Hate speech - whether it is racially based, sectarian or based on sexual or gender identity is not always obvious, but it is insidious, soul-destroying and painful to those who suffer it. I was born in Scotland to an Irish Catholic family and one of my abiding memories was being asked at every job interview as a teenager what school I went to, knowing if I gave the name of my Catholic school, I would not get the job. I moved to England and spent the next 40 years being called a "sweaty sock", being told I lived in England and should go home if I didn't like being called names. I came to Australia, partly, to escape all that - but I find Australia is largely the same. Racism is rampant, but everyone indulging in it claims they are not racist, they are just having a laugh.

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