18c and the cult of victimhood

In a shock turn of events, the hunter has become the hunted in the QUT 18C case. Cindy Prior having lost her case against three QUT students accused violating 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act has now been ordered to pay $200,000+ in legal costs. Cindy Prior who had been employed by QUT in its indigenous computer lab had accused several students of violating 18c when after being kicked out of the computer lab for not being indigenous they complained on a Facebook group saying, “QUT is fighting segregation with segregation”, “Where’s the white supremacist lab?” and “ITT niggers”. Since the incident, the complaint has gone to the Australian Human Rights Commission, several students settled the case paying $5000 each and Cindy Prior has been on stress leave from her job ever since. This case that continues three years after the initial complaint should demonstrate why the courts are not the appropriate place to resolve complex social issues such as racism.

The QUT case has been a disaster for all involved, the QUT students have had their reputations muddied, faced financial ruin and had three years of their lives taken from them for at what at worst could be described as casual racism (or at best for defending themselves against reverse racism); Cindy Prior now has been ordered to pay a ruinous sum of money for pursing her rights under existing law; the Australian Human Rights Commission has been exposed as being incompetent and its very existence is now at risk; the lawyers for QUT students will likely never see payment of their legal fees and even CIndy Prior’s lawyers have been humiliated both by taking the case and by their failure to understand basic legal proceedings.

Much attention has been focused on the QUT students and the arguments around free speech, however, Cindy Prior herself is also a victim of this case. She is victim of society that enables her to go on stress leave for two years after such a trivial incident. She’s victim of a rent seeking human rights industry that shops for victims. And she’s a victim of society that tells us all that we’re fragile and need protecting. Instead of having her victim mentality discouraged, it was enabled. What Cindy Prior needed was support in dealing with conflict and in understanding that not all Australians believe Aboriginal people deserve or should get special privileges – such as segregated computer labs. What she got was a Human Rights Commission all too ready to take her weak claims seriously. She got an industrial relations system that allows people to go on stress leave for trivial matters. All of these things lead her to her current situation. After three years reality smashed into the side of her victim mentality like a ship hitting a coral reef.

In Tanveer Ahmed’s book, ‘Fragile Nation’ he details a case where one of his patients was suing his former employer claiming workplace bullying because of some banter from colleagues who had sent him text messages saying, “You smell a bit like curry today. I bet your wife is a good cook.” Another said, “You’ve got a pretty good job, don’t ya…all the Indians I know are cleaners or in the servo.” While this banter was neither funny nor appropriate it’s hardly the grounds for someone to sue their employer or suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, stories like this are all too common. Human resource departments are busy dealing dubious claims of workplace bullying, sexual harassment, racism, homophobia, transphobia and worker’s compensation claims.

People in our society have lost the ability to be resilient and are a far too quick to play the role of the victim. We’ve seen this with the rise of identity politics and oppression olympics. After 20 years of being left out of these special olympics, white males are now joining in with men’s rights activism and a rise in white nationalism. A ‘Straight Lives Matter’ facebook page can’t be too far way.

Fundamentally for all the progress our society has made against bigotry we still have some way to go. However, the court system is not going to solve society’s problems. Dragging people into court for trivial incidents and misunderstandings helps no one. Suppressing free speech helps no one. Laws such as 18c actually have the potential to make things worse as they enable people to see themselves as victims and suppress free speech. Imagine if three years ago Cindy Prior and QUT had explained to the students why they felt an indigenous only computer lab was necessary. Perhaps the students may not have accepted the explanation, but, at least the conversation would have been more productive than this court case.

Justin Campbell is on the executive committee of LibertyWorks.

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38 Comments on "18c and the cult of victimhood"

  1. pushed by the mainstream media even more than the socialist lefties!

  2. Must scrap this bad legislation now

  3. Until there is one rule for all, we will never see unity, but I think that a lack of unity is the whole point. A Nation is easily conquered if it is already divided.

  4. Our democracy is based on us all having freedom of speech.

  5. Isnt that the offending law? What offends 1 person might not offend others. So how can you have a law thats illegal to one and not illegal to others?

  6. Its a piece of crap!!!

  7. Well of course the courts will. If not then why have a judicial system or laws. Just trust everyone. Wait that’s right people can be bigots, crooks or con men as well as decent human beings
    That is why we have this type of legislation because people do go to far.

    • There are already laws protecting people from being hurt or otherwise infringed. Banning words does none of those things.

    • sticks and stones shall break my bones but names will never hurt me. Never has a statement been more false.

    • Peter Dasey yes, if we choose to let words offend then they can hurt. Children are hurt by words all the time, then we grow up and deal with it. Well, until now. The system is rewarding some people to hold in to their feeling, to choose not to deal with them, to not move on. To remain in a child-like state.

    • As evidenced by the reaction to Trumps election. Half a generation of so-called ‘adults’ completely unable to deal with the world when something doesn’t go their way. When something happens that they can’t shout at and make go away.

      Play-doh, therapy dogs and mass crying circles.


      The coddling of higher education has made these people dumber than before they went in.

    • Irreparable damage was done to the U.S. by broadcasting a nation of butthurt toddlers throwing a tantrum because someone disagreed with them. Never let your enemy see that you are a nation of fucktard crybabies.

  8. Lots of stuff offends and insults me, but I just ignore it . These whingers are just money grubbing professional victims

  9. This has to end. Cultural Marxism is rampant in our Society and others as well. Mark Legg you are spot on that it causes DIVISION instead of UNITY.
    The totalitarianism of the libtards must go. We are a weak Nation because we are divided.
    There is nothing that says one has the right not to be offended. Nothing.

    • Jesse, What is Cultural Marxism? You have used that term in a derogatory sense, so I’m interested in what you think it means.

    • It is another way of saying political correctness which has all the hallmarks of marxist censorship of thought and speech. “Derogatory”? No mate that is what it is. It is about breaking down families. Breaking down cultures. Breaking down borders. One big left-wing soup of nihilism and living in fear. One doesn’t have to look far to see this in our Country.
      Censorship of speech is one aspect of this (I would say the central aspect). Straight out of the fascist how-to-manual.

  10. Terri Butler is being sued for referring to the “ITT niggers” comment. Careful what you put in the article homeys.

  11. Oh yeah the white male crap.
    You are a socialist without understanding Lucas

  12. Seems to me that the anti 18c and anti 18d who are crying victim.

  13. Here’s an idea. If your not a racist or a bigot 18C doesn’t affect you. The only group playing the victim card are the morons who believe the world would be a better place if everyone could insult, belittle and degrade anyone that acts, believes or looks different. Thats why Hanson only received less than 5% of the vote. Most Australians don’t support bigotry.

  14. Who wants to be prosecuted by “The Govt.” for a opinion?… and at their own expense?…..& for defence of “a crime” (despite 18d).

    Also the fact is, even the claim itself is “Proof” of the “crime”. It’s totally anti-democratic & dangerous…It will be used as a sword not shield!… ALL”groups” are “political groups” and these these laws are DESIGNED to silence “criticism” when Groups do evil.MOST importantly, free political speech & criticism are are only non-violent ways of opposing corrupt & despotic Govts…THAT MURDER & TORTURE FOLKS…….and removing free speech is the hallmark of all Dictatorships.

    • That’s fine Billy, but what about the ostracism of minority groups like aborigines or Muslims. These people now have a degree of protection from fascist groups like Hansons mob. Take away that protection and I believe that things will descend very quickly

    • IF there is evidence of any abuse to anyone of course we all ought challenge it……seems me the lions share of the “persecution”, demonisation & division BS we see is coming from mainstream media & “meal ticket” pundits…Australia has been good to folks from everywhere….seems MSM is quick to persecute “The contemporary Australian” for bad things what might have happened to Aborigines 200yrs ago (Code for WASP)… but is silent about the way Israel & others persecute, robs & murders folks that are not their “tribe” in 2017 WHICH IS PREVENTABLE? …& they are also always silent about who is suppling the money & Arms to “terrorists” in foreign lands….Don’t fall for it..it’s all about division & control & silencing dissent…& that stuff is a racist and/or devise thing in itself.

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