News Aboriginal people slam 'coward' over racist Wi-Fi name

Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by RenchFries, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. RenchFries

    RenchFries Official Dawgshed Dutch representative

    Reputations:
    69,973
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2012
    Messages:
    28,565
    Likes Received:
    33,879


    [​IMG]
    Every time Aborigines on Smith Street look at their phones, they are reminded they are not welcome. Photo: Justin McManus
    The Fitzroy corner of Smith and Stanley Streets has long been a traditional meeting place for Indigenous Australians.

    Here, some people have been reunited with their families. Others have come here after being released from prison, when they have nowhere else to go. A sculpture on the corner marks significant Aboriginal sites in the neighbourhood.

    Advertisement
    But the Aborigines who meet here now are reminded daily that while they might stand on Wurundjeri land, they are not welcome. Every time one of them pulls out their mobile phone they are greeted with a racist slur. It's visible to anyone searching for a Wi-Fi connection in the area.

    "BoongCorner."

    [​IMG]
    Local Aboriginals in Collingwood are offended by a racist wi-fi name called "boongcorner". Photo: Justin McManus
    Over the past two years complaints have been made to police, Yarra Council, the Human Rights Commission and the local MP.

    But if the Wi-Fi on your phone is turned on at this corner, the site of the annual Smith Street Dreaming festival, you'll still be asked if you want to join the network.

    Indigenous woman Jody Beeton said she was mortified when she discovered the offensive network name. "It breaks my heart that in this day and age this type of thing is still happening," she said. "At some point you've got to hope that human beings will unite."

    Another local, Kylie Tregonning, said the "gutless" person responsible should "go back to the 1950s".

    "It's got to come from a really deep-seated place, to put that much thought into using a derogatory word," she said. "Even on this street with all the different cultures, racism is rife. We're still fighting."

    No one knows who set up the wireless network. The area is densely populated, surrounded by businesses and homes. But its existence raises important questions in debates about free speech and the use of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

    "I find it incredibly hypocritical that this is allowed to exist," said local woman Viv Malo. "It is racism. And it's cowardly. If someone has a problem they should come and tell us to our faces."

    When Ms Malo found out about the network, she walked up and down Smith Street asking traders if they knew who was responsible. None did.

    She complained to the Australian Human Rights Commission but was told that without identifying who she had the dispute it, it was "unclear" how the Commission could help resolve the matter.

    Tired of the issue being handballed, Ms Malo on Tuesday called on authorities to finally take action to shut it down. "We just want it gone," she said.

    The public sculpture by artist Glenn Romanis is listed by Yarra Council as an Aboriginal site of significance. His work represents the topography of the area, mapping out local sites of past and present Aboriginal significance.

    "My jaw is on the ground," Mr Romanis said after being told about the Wi-Fi network name. "Having that name associated with this space is just disgusting. It can't be seen as anything other than racism in the extreme. How can someone get away with this?"

    Planning Minister and local MP Richard Wynne said he first learnt about the "disgusting and offensive" name at least two years ago and referred it to police at the time.

    "Police undertook some investigations to see if they could locate where this Wi-Fi network was hosted," he said. "But the advice they provided to me was that they were unable to get a specific location for it and could not take it further."

    Victoria Police this week said investigators were trying to find the person responsible for the wi-fi connection. "The matter is under investigation and police are working to identify the source of the connection," a spokeswoman said.

    Victoria's Human Rights Commissioner, Kristen Hilton, said racist language was never acceptable and that the community should "condemn and challenge this sort of discriminatory and hateful behaviour".

    A Yarra Council spokeswoman said it had spoken with the Victorian Human Rights Commission and Victoria Police about the matter.

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/a...rd-over-racist-wifi-name-20160829-gr3s1l.html
     
    Slow, rolltide and HowiesWhorse like this.
  2. RenchFries

    RenchFries Official Dawgshed Dutch representative

    Reputations:
    69,973
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2012
    Messages:
    28,565
    Likes Received:
    33,879
    From urban dictionary:

    boong
    A defamitory word used against Australian Aboriginals, refering to their race.

    Origin:
    During the 1950's & 60's people would actualy chase Abiriginals off their propery with 4wd's, & it's reported that 'boong' is the sound they make when they hit the bull bar.
     
    Phuck Yoo, Slow, oldpaddy and 6 others like this.
  3. a mysterious man

    a mysterious man Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    77,787
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2015
    Messages:
    10,558
    Likes Received:
    20,458
  4. Beth143nacho

    Beth143nacho Bede bede beep VIP

    Reputations:
    12,744
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    25,993
    Likes Received:
    25,627
    Dafuqs a BoongCorner?

    Why did it take a thousand paragraphs to say that the wifi name was BoongCorner?

    Who gives a shit?

    Who gives a fuck?

    Why did the op waste everybody's time with this dogshit?
     
  5. reno

    reno VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    56,579
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Messages:
    15,517
    Likes Received:
    46,857
    If Howard had Aboriginals on his property, He'd have Ronnie chase them down with his limo.
     
  6. RenchFries

    RenchFries Official Dawgshed Dutch representative

    Reputations:
    69,973
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2012
    Messages:
    28,565
    Likes Received:
    33,879
    :coffee: please, tell us how you really feel.
     
    Droog and stanggirl like this.
  7. Dick Fitzwell

    Dick Fitzwell Opinions are like assholes ... and so am I

    Reputations:
    4,447
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    6,712
    Likes Received:
    15,102
    Anything is better than that stupid "FBI Surveillance Van" bullshit.
     
    RenchFries likes this.
  8. RenchFries

    RenchFries Official Dawgshed Dutch representative

    Reputations:
    69,973
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2012
    Messages:
    28,565
    Likes Received:
    33,879
    He'd have bull-bar, or how they call it here in Australia, a roo-bar installed.

    [​IMG]
     
    reno likes this.
  9. TheLACritic

    TheLACritic Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    25,651
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Messages:
    3,586
    Likes Received:
    8,829
    Maybe it was a typo for some marijuana loving hippy? Or maybe it's some asshole that did this? Is it really worth finding out?
     
  10. HS Cult Leader

    HS Cult Leader Elite Member

    Reputations:
    58,213
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2012
    Messages:
    16,471
    Likes Received:
    26,671
  11. sstressed

    sstressed enhancement toker

    Reputations:
    86,047
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    48,728
    Likes Received:
    38,050
    so don't use the wifi.

    they want to arrest someone for using a derogatory word? wonderful! :facepalm:

    i wonder how long it'll be before our touchy, feely libs want to fine or imprison people for saying reggie?

    honky, snowball, pinky etc of course is fine. not raysis! :grad:
     
  12. rolltide

    rolltide VIP Extreme VIP Gold

    Reputations:
    19,467
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    Messages:
    6,587
    Likes Received:
    11,763
    So the SJW want PRIVATE WiFi network names to be politically correct.

    Who the fuck do these people think they are? Do they understand what they are asking for here? If these dopes succeed in this "noble endeavor" this will open up the door to so much shit it's unimaginable.
     
  13. Kilroy

    Kilroy Well-Known Member Banned User

    Reputations:
    3,013
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    1,581
    Likes Received:
    2,338
    :jj:
     
    RenchFries likes this.
  14. rolltide

    rolltide VIP Extreme VIP Gold

    Reputations:
    19,467
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    Messages:
    6,587
    Likes Received:
    11,763
    :secret:Now you're getting it.........it's a conspiracy to slowly take away freedoms.
     
    kingship and sstressed like this.
  15. DrivenByDemons

    DrivenByDemons Spinoff Jesus Gold

    Reputations:
    23,229
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    Messages:
    74,061
    Likes Received:
    47,893
    Those who use this dark magic to insult my people will have their souls dipped in venom and put into a box then placed upon my crowded shelf where other countless souls rot.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Father O'Blivion

    Father O'Blivion Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    11,092
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2015
    Messages:
    5,688
    Likes Received:
    12,193
    Freedoms am rasisss...
     
    RenchFries and rolltide like this.
  17. Slow

    Slow Just a gangster I suppose Banned User

    Reputations:
    324,228
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2014
    Messages:
    26,048
    Likes Received:
    115,657
    Maybe they could find a different corner to congregate on?
     
    RenchFries likes this.
  18. squirrelnuts

    squirrelnuts Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    2,212
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    329
    Likes Received:
    836
  19. Kool

    Kool Well-Known Member Banned User

    Reputations:
    5,537
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    Messages:
    10,244
    Likes Received:
    11,305
    they are fckn ugly...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Irish Joe

    Irish Joe Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    6,862
    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2015
    Messages:
    1,708
    Likes Received:
    3,953
    Or even get jobs instead of loitering on public sidewalks.