I live in the west of Sydney. I have been living in the west now for about 9-10 months.
I have always lived in the east. I know the east as my home. I get so homesick whenever i go to any of my old east side haunts. Including the city.
The west has so many stigmas attached to it, but I'm not one to really buy into any of that. I like to make up my own mind about things.
Some of the generalisations include;
There are so many thugs out here,
Its not a safe place to bring up a family, let alone go for a jog or walk on your own,
That there is a massive amount of people dealing and doing drugs, as well as guns
And not to mention all the Muslims and bikie gangs!
Well from my experience so far, it has not been like that at all.
I have to ashamedly admit that I was a little scared at first, of living out here.
I kept telling myself I don't want to be around any of the above mentioned things!
I was really quite nervous about going out on my own, for the first time. I don't know what was going through my head that I thought to even be worried at all.
The riots that happened in Sydney on 15th September, scared the shit out of me. My beloved Sydney City was under siege!
Wtf happened? How did a stupid YouTube video get so out of hand?
I am one of the first people that can understand being passionate about something. I am almost always like this. Well I like to call it passion, some may say I'm headstrong and stubborn :P
Surely there are other ways of dealing with a video that has pissed you off so much, that you recruit your young children to hold behead those that insult the prophet signs! Wtf?
Again it is a YOUTUBE VIDEO!
I am a mixed race. My dad is Greek and when I went to school in the 80's I was called a 'wog.' I was bullied.
I was even automatically admitted to ESL, purely based on my full name, my full 'wogy' name. I hope to NEVER send my child to such an ignorant school. I want her to go to a school that tolerates all kinda of mixed races and cultures. And none that are religious either. I would like her to make up her own mind about such things. She could be Buddhist, or a witch or even belong to the Star Wars Academy, for all I would care. Sorry dad.....
I will hopefully teach her right from wrong and to be the best person she can be. Not to judge people on their names, sexual orientation, their colour, or anything. Even if they are wearing a hijab, or hare krishna robes or they might possibly even have heaps of tattoos *gasp!* She's just not allowed near those young girls I see running around shopping centres in really short shorts, flirting with boys, they scare me more than anyone! Nope she's not allowed to be friends with them....