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The funny thing about racism is that it’s not actu-
ally funny at all.
The surprising thing about sexism is that it’s not
actually surprising at all.
What’s interesting about minorities is that,
together, they can actually make up the majority.
A lot can be said about the events that have taken
place in America over the past week (the Trump
inauguration, the riots, the peaceful marches).
In fact, a lot has already been and will continue
to be said – online, in newspapers, through our tel-
evisions, or within a moderately interesting column
written by a short, 25-year-old, Italian woman for a
I know what some of you are thinking. And yes,
these things are not happening in Australia – a
country I feel very lucky to be living in.
But you can be sure the events (even if smaller
scaled) are being echoed here, and across the world.
Something that has become apparent is this: We
are currently, right now, living through an important
and pivotal part of our world’s history.
This is happening whether we realise it or not,
and whether we choose to be part of it or not.
Movements and divides that have been present
for a long time are becoming more prominent. The
momentum for each is growing at a rate faster than
previously – due to our ability to quickly connect
and communicate from opposite sides of the world.
Previous generations lived through world wars,
and in fear of horrifically genocidal maniacs.
Our generation lives in fear of terrorism, and
racial and religious attacks. (And, if history serves,
fear can fuel some pretty unintelligent acts.)
Another thing that has become apparent is this:
We have endless information right at our finger tips,
yet many of us refuse to educate ourselves.
We need to learn from our history, we need to
learn from our ‘opponents’, and we need to figure
it out in a way that preserves basic human decency,
and discourages violence.
I’m not talking about reading columns from our
favourite activists, or watching speeches from the
politician we vote for every four years (though,
that’s all very good, and we should keep doing
But we should also be reading works by people
we disagree with, and forming thoroughly thought-
through and logical opposing arguments.
When we do this we (despite it seeming impos-
sible) are also very likely to also find something in
their argument that we can agree with or, at the very
least, cannot dispute.
Do not be mistaken:
Racism should never be tolerated.
Sexism should never be tolerated.
Acts of indecency against any minority or major-
ity should never be tolerated.
That’s what these marches have been about.
The important thing is that we discuss these
issues, that we continue to communicate.
We shouldn’t have to change our opinions or
views, but we can learn from each other.
There is no way we can all stand in our spots and
say “I know everything there is to know”.
In his old age, Michaelangelo said “ancora impa-
ro”, which translates to “I am still learning”.
Educating ourselves is a lifetime pursuit, and
ignorance is no longer bliss.
Ignorance v education
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A LOXTON woman
driving four times over
the legal alcohol limit
with four children in
her vehicle was one of
five drink drivers caught
in the region on the
Just before 1.30am on
Saturday, the 29-year-
old woman was pulled
over by police and
allegedly provided a
blood-alcohol reading of
Police said it was a
concern to discover four
children in the vehicle.
The woman was
issued with a 12-month
loss of licence and her
vehicle was impounded.
Families SA about the
Meanwhile, just one
hour earlier, a 34-year-
old Port Hughes man
was reported for driving
while under the influ-
ence of alcohol after
he was pulled over by
police on RL Gambling
He refused to pro-
vide a breath sample
and was issued with
a 12-month loss of
licence. His vehicle was
impounded for 28 days.
At the same time on
Saturday, a 44-year-old
man was reported for
drink driving after he
returned a blood-alco-
hol reading of 0.081 on
Thurk Street, Renmark.
He was issued with
a six-month instant
loss of license and his
vehicle was impounded.
Just before 1am on
Saturday, a 22-year-
old man from Sunlands
recorded a blood-alco-
hol reading of 0.091
when he was pulled over
on Strangman Road,
He was reported for
driving under the influ-
ence, issued with a six-
month instant loss of
license and his vehicle
Finally, just before
2.30am, a 30-year-old
woman from Loveday
recorded a blood-al-
cohol reading of 0.094
when she was pulled
over on Bookpurnong
Road at Loxton.
She was issued with
a six-month loss of
licence and her vehicle
was impounded for 28
All five drivers will
be summonsed to attend
court at a later date.
Two hours, five
Unlicensed Loxton driver stopped
A LOXTON man, 45, was arrested last Wednesday
for driving unlicensed, with police checks revealing
the man had not held a valid licence since 2010.
Police allege at around 1.30am, patrols stopped a
car on Kokoda Terrace.
The man was charged with driving unlicensed,
and was bailed to appear in the Berri Magistrates
Court on Monday, February 20.
A Loxton woman
with four children
in her car was
four times over
the legal limit on
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