Letters to the editor

March 29, 2018

Time to stop discrimination

- Maggie Turner-Miguel, Shepparton

Like John Head (Tuesday, March 27), I am dismayed in regard to the article by Damien Stevens in Saturday’s Weekend Life.

There has always been discrimination and as much as good members of the community make every concerted effort to allay it, it still happens in all sorts of manner.

In my mother’s time, she was taken from her parents because her mother became pregnant to an Italian man; oh, the shame of it.

I was raised in Melbourne where Italians and Greeks were targeted, and then later Vietnamese, along with any member of the community who may be remotely marginalised.

A generation later, my husband arrived here not speaking English.

From work colleagues in his government job through to self-employment, he was many times told that he had taken the job of a ‘‘real’’ Australian.

He was targeted because he ‘‘couldn’t speak the lingo’’.

Personal slander and vitriol has no place and is the voice of ignorance.

I wish Damien and his family the very best.

While our population has aged, it has sadly not matured.

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