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ANNE FRANK EXHIBITION IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, racism, Uncategorized, war by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

Anne Frank Sept 13

 

The moving ANNE FRANK Let Me Be Myself touring exhibition starts today in Fremantle at the Woolstores Shopping Centre and should not be missed.

Anne Frank’s story is a very sad one about a young Jewish girl who had to hide with her family in a secret annex of a house in Amsterdam during Hitler’s nazi regime and German occupation of the Netherlands during Worldwar II.

While they were hiding Anne wrote a beautiful diary, but sadly after two years she and her family were discovered and deported to concentration camps. From the eight people only father Otto Frank survived.

Intolerance to other people’s religion, culture and race should never be accepted.

The exhibition is on till October 31 and open from 10 am to 5 pm.

 

Roel Loopers

REWRITING HISTORY IS NOT A SOLUTION

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 27, 2017

 

The Sunday Times reports today that Fremantle Councillor Sam Wainwright is calling for the removal of historic monuments of people who have committed atrocities against Aboriginal people in Australia.

Before anyone starts yelling, this is a personal opinion of Wainwright and has nothing to do with Fremantle Council!

I like Sam, but don’t agree with his views on this.

History is very complex, and times were very different when the first explorer went far away from their home countries to find new lands.

Racism was unfortunately the norm, rather than the exception in those times and was committed by the Dutch, French, Portuguese, English, Spaniards, etc.

Religion was very black&white and fanatic and there was little respect for people of different beliefs, cultures or skin colour.

The world has changed, and while there is still far too much racism in Australia and around the world, we are improving and have made substantial inroads.

We can not rewrite history and change what happened so many years ago, but we can learn from it.

Changing street names and removing historic monuments will achieve very little, and it also fails to recognise the incredible achievements of the early explorers. They were adventurous, brave, greedy and also racists, but they are also part of us, and they are the roots that helped us grow and learn.

We should make a bigger effort and learn from the mistakes of our past, no longer fight wars, have more respect for different cultures and beliefs, and grow into a tolerant nation. Changing the history books is not the solution, Sam.

 

Roel Loopers

RACIST FOOLS LITTER FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, multicultural, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 22, 2017

Just three days before ANZAC Day racist fools have plastered offensive posters around the Fremantle Bathers Beach area proclaiming  we should be proud to be white Australians.

It would do these ignorant idiots a whole lot of good if they read a bit about the history of Australia and the immense contribution people from all races, cultures and skin colours made to this country and help make it the great multicultural society we now are.

I am grateful to those people who scratched and removed some of the posters, so if you are around the area, bring something sharp to scratch this rubbish off. They are on the Esplanade and at Bathers.

Roel Loopers

RACIST DOCKERS FANS EMBARRASS FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle dockers, racism by freoview on September 13, 2015

Just wanted to let the far too many idiotic Dockers fans who booed Adam Goodes last night at the football final know that you are a disgrace and that Fremantle does not stand behind you!

You embarrassed your footy club and the City of Fremantle with your racist rubbish. It was not just a bit of fun, it was unacceptable treatment of a great footy player and a role model for his Aboriginal community and beyond. You who engaged in it last night disgust me!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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AUSTRALIA’S DISGRACEFUL ACTION ON FOREIGNERS

Posted in australia, fascism, fremantle, racism by freoview on August 28, 2015

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers will check people’s visas on the streets of Melbourne this weekend as part of a police operation in the city’s CBD, the Federal Government has revealed.

The agency says people will not be targeted on the basis of race or religion
Part of a broader operation including Victoria Police and other agencies

Officers will be positioned at various locations around the city and will speak with any individual they cross paths with.

No, Australia this is not a belated April’s Fool joke, this is the reality in Australia in 2015 where the Abbott Government introduces racist and fascist actions! What is next, maybe something like foreigners wearing the Star of David as the Jews were forced to do under Hitler’s regime, or another form of immediate visual indentification?

This is a disgraceful and unacceptable action by the federal government that will affect tourism to Australia!

How are we going to prove on what sort of visa were are, or that we are Australian citizens? No doubt the majority of people who will be stopped and questioned by the Australian Border Force will non-white people. OMG all those broun people who are already subjected to racism in this country often, now will have officials in uniform frighten the living daylight out of them. How many will have poor English skills. Ooooh FUCK Australia. What are you doing!!!!!!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Truly Independent

RACISM STILL RIFE IN AUSTRALIA

Posted in aboriginal, australia, racism by freoview on July 31, 2014

aboriginal girl, tiff

I just watched the new StopThinkRespect video, which is the new campaign against racism in Australia by BEYOND BLUE. It is very powerful and I had goose bumps running down my spine, because I have never understood racism and judging people on their appearance, skin colour, culture, religion or language.

I believe that most people deserve respect and courtesy. To read that a survey by Beyond Blue shows that one in five non-Indigenous Australians would move away if an Indigenous person sat next to them on public transport is outrageous. Ten percent of those surveyed also stated they would never hire and Indigenous job seeker.

From my observation there is a huge amount of latent racism in Australia, but society puts its head in the sand and ignores it. We still live the urban-myth of the laid-back country where fair go for all is the norm, but sadly that mainly applies to those of us who are white.

Racism is despicable and without foundation. It is often the fear of the unknown, as the majority of people can’t be bothered getting to know people from other cultures, and that is very sad because we can all learn so much from each other.

Roel Loopers

NORTHAM’S RACIAL HATRED DISGRACE

Posted in australia, fremantle, racism, west australian, western australia by freoview on November 5, 2010

I just started to enjoy the second day of the 2010 Fremantle Festival over a cup of coffee at the Moore&Moore Cafe, when an article on page 3 of the West Australian shocked me back into reality.

During a protest against the proposed asylum seeker detention centre in Northam, two women were wearing T-shirts with the slogans “Bomb Their Boats” and Sink Their Boats” That is absolutely disgraceful to me. How can anyone advocate bombing and sinking boats full of men, women and children? What an inhumane, fascist, and selfish attitude is that!

One of the women, Belinda McKinnon, claims that refugees committed an illegal act when trying to enter Australia, while the fact is that under international law asylum seekers can seek refuge in any country they like.

‘Ladies’, you are inciting racial hatred.  THAT is illegal in Australia. You are a disgrace to this nation.

Roel Loopers

ABORIGINAL SUPPORT WITH GENERATION ONE

Posted in australia, fremantle, perth, politics, racism, western australia by freoview on October 26, 2010

After the television speech by 13 year old Aboriginal girl Madeleine Madden, I decided to join the Generation One movement. You should too!

Here more info from them:

Dear Roel Loopers,

Thanks for joining GenerationOne, the movement where ALL Australians come together to end Indigenous disparity take practical action to finally eradicate the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

You have joined almost 50,000 other Australians who believe we will never end the disparity until we have sustainable Indigenous jobs and career opportunities; education that prepares students for life; training that is specific for a job that is guaranteed; and mentoring programs that gets results.

This is your movement – an opportunity for all Australians, whether you are Indigenous or non-Indigenous, of whatever background or party, to join together and finally end this unacceptable Australian problem. And do it in one generation.

Over the coming months, we’re going to ask you to roll up your sleeves and take part; at campaign events, through supporting organisations in your community or just getting your friends to lend their hands. But your first task is to help grow this grassroots movement. We are not asking for your money, but our success depends on your support.

Will you ask ten of your friends to join us today?

The journey so far has been amazing. Since March 2010 my team at GenerationOne and I have travelled across the entire country, and met thousands of inspiring Australians – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – who are working to end the disparity. GenerationOne has engaged with not-for profit organisations, community leaders, schools, Universities, businesses, employer groups, training providers, job service providers, governments and of course, individuals like you who want to be part of the generation for change.

Already some of these great stories are out there, but with your help we can now inspire even more people, and break down negative stereotypes. Share some of our stories with your friends, or share your personal story with GenerationOne. If you are part of an organisation, register your details here so we can demonstrate your success to others.

This is a new campaign, so there’s a lot to do. We want your ideas on how we can make real and sustainable change for Indigenous Australians. Will you contribute an idea today?

The time is right, and we cannot wait any longer. The facts speak for themselves:

Just 33% of Indigenous young people age 18-24 are “earning or learning” compared with 71% of non-Indigenous young people.
EIGHT of ten jobless Indigenous people are unable to work, because of illiteracy, alcohol, or other psychological problems.
Furthermore, in some rural areas, up to 70% of Indigenous children regularly do not attend school.
This is not an easy goal and it will take time to get there – but it won’t happen unless we start work today and every Australian plays their part. By signing up, you have joined a movement that focuses on real and sustainable change. So thank you.

Tania Major and the entire Generation One team

P.S. If you’re on Facebook, please become a supporter of us there. We’ll keep you updated: http://www.facebook.com/GenerationOneAU

The Generation One Team

MULTICULTURALISM PROOF IS IN THE MEAT

Posted in australia, fremantle, racism, western australia by freoview on October 25, 2010

While German chancellor Angela Merkel has been telling the world that multiculturalism is not working, local Fremantle butcher Frank’s in Wray Avenue is obviously of a different opinion. The sign behind the one below even advertised Scottish Haggis!

 

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SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME

Posted in australia, fremantle, perth, racism, tourism, western australia by freoview on October 22, 2010

It might be the upcoming full moon, or my upcoming birthday, but I have been feeling quite reflective the last few days. It could also be because I might have to leave Fremantle, the city I feel so much passion for.

But I have left other cities behind, and kept so many memories, and lost quite a few as well, that it should not make me as sad as I feel today.

When I left the Hague in the Netherlands at just 20, I was too excited about my new life in Nuremberg, Germany, and the start of my career as a press photographer there, to feel too sad about leaving my family and safety net.

I loved living in Franconia, the northern part of the state of Bavaria, with all its romantic, historic, towns and cities, the great beer, the food, and the people who worked and played so hard each and every day of the 13 years I lived there. What a culture of great theatre, music and art, and what a controversial history to deal with as a Dutchman. Such a challenge not to get upset when drunken oldies sang the Horst Wessel song, not to celebrate the war or Nazism, but simply because it was part of their history.

And I loved traveling to those other stunning countries, to discover gorgeous Prague, Venice, Florence, Vienna, Paris, Mostar, London, to see the beauty of Africa, Sri Lanka, Asia.

But I left all that, and the (financial) security it gave me, behind as well.

Migrating to Australia in the early eighties was a huge adventure. How stunning Sydney was. Our flat on the sixth floor of a building in Bondi Junction had unlimited views over the harbour, the opera house, the city and the beaches. What a change to go from drinking wine from Boksbeutel bottles to cask wine. What a challenge to deal with a new language, a new culture, and being unemployed in a foreign country, and how satisfying to fight through it and succeed, and prove that no matter where I lived I could survive, become part of my new community, and enjoy life.

Two and a half years later there was another new start with the move to Perth and the establishment of Profile Photography. Buying a first small house in Como was a big step, followed by another when we moved to Swanbourne and built and extension to the old Californian bungalow.

Business was outstanding and life was full-on at every level. It was like living in an exciting, but very real, dream.

The next change that was extremely challenging to deal with, was the end of a twenty- year relationship. How close we had become, especially after migrating together, and how much we cared, and still do, for each other. But life had changed us, and so had our directions.

Fighting depression and mid-life crisis, I found myself again after travelling through Australia by 4WD for eight or so months, and knew I wanted to become a vocal voice for social justice and against racism. I am very proud I achieved that also.

So here I am, on my own yet again, thinking how beautiful and rewarding life has been, and how tired I am of moving, and new challenges, and changes. I would have been quite happy to retire here in my beloved Fremantle, but it looks like I might have to move on one last time.

Roel Loopers



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