Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What Should Not Happen On Any Form Of Public Transport - Happened On A Sydney Bus!

It didn't happen in Mount Druitt or the Greater Western Sydney and we do not not want it to happen here. This is what happened to a National TV Presenter on ABC on a Sydney State Transit Bus. I hope we all learn from this ( courteously from news. com.au ):

ABC newsreader kicked off bus after enduring abuse

Jeremy Fernandez Twitter
Jeremy Fernandez took to Twitter to share his anger about racism in Australia. Picture:
ABC newsreader Jeremy Fernandez.
ABC News presenter Jeremy Fernandez has described the moment 
he was kicked off a Sydney bus after enduring verbal racial taunts.
After boarding a State Transit bus to drop his daughter off at 
preschool on Friday, Fernandez was the victim of racist abuse 
from a woman in her mid-30s with two young children of her own.

He said he endured 15 minutes of racial abuse - where the woman 
claimed she would drag Mr Fernandez off the bus if he didn't get 
off. But then it was the bus driver who eventually kicked 
Mr Fernandez off, claiming it was his fault for the altercation.
“The bus driver stopped the bus and yelled to the back of the 
bus, ‘you, get off or move’,” Mr Fernandez told news.com.au. 
"She said, 'there’s no way I'm getting off the bus, he's filthy, this 
black paedophile'." 

But the driver was in fact referring to Mr Fernandez.

"He turned to me and told me to get off or move." "I craned

my head down the aisle and I said, ‘ I'm not going anywhere, 
I have a right to be on this bus and on this seat'. I didn't want 
to cower because of my colour, I’m staying here on principle."

The bus driver - whom Mr Fernandez describes as of Southern 

European descent - then asked, ‘What do you want me to do, 
stop the bus?’

It was then that Mr Fernandez exited the bus, but not before 

his own stoush with the driver.

“As I got off I spoke to the driver, ‘ I've spent 15 minutes 

copping the most severe racial abuse and you’ve done absolutely 
nothing’," Mr Fernandez said.

"How can a migrant sit back as the captain of the bus when physical

threats are being made, when children are on the bus and not step in?

"He said, 'well, what are you going to do? Blame me for the abuse 

are you?'

"I said, 'no, I’m not going to blame you, but you allowed it to happen'."

State Transit were this morning trying to get a hold of Mr Fernandez.

"State Transit has been in contact with the ABC to try to speak 

with Jeremy about  this incident and to get more details on where 
this occurred and on what  bus," a State Transit spokesperson told 

"Once we have those details we can assist him and the police, if 

necessary, with any investigation. We obviously expect all 
passengers to behave in a respectful manner to each other.

"We also expect our drivers to be courteous and respectful to 

passengers. This is conveyed in bus driver training."

"If an incident of anti-social behaviour such as this occurs, the 

bus driver may try to intervene and ask the passenger to leave 
the bus.  If required, the driver can contact a supervisor via radio 
and organise for police to meet the bus."
Mr Fernandez said he told the driver he would not move because 
he felt he had done nothing wrong, that the woman was obviously 
unstable and that he deserved to be on the bus.

“He said, ‘mate, it’s your fault'.”
It all began when the daughter of the woman started "flicking 
and pinching" Mr Fernandez's daughter on the arm and head.

"It was completely harmless stuff, but over time my daughter 

started getting a bit uncomfortable, just recoiling away from the
 pinching," he said. "She was visibly becoming quite uncomfortable, I put my arm around her."

It was then that the girl turned her attention to Mr Fernandez.

"I said darling that was my arm you just flicked."

It was at this point that the mother, who had been on her mobile 

phone, turned around and asked what happened.

Mr Fernandez then explained the situation, which the woman 

refuted, instead hurling accusations of paedophilia.

"She launched into this tirade that just came straight out of a 

fiery belly, launched into telling me to turn the other way and 
not talk to her.

"She said to me, ‘do you like five year olds do you? Because 

you've been touching her'.

"She started telling the bus her daughter had been touched by a 

black paedophile. She told me to go back to my own country, that 
I should move or get off the bus, as she was holding her fist up to 
my face."

Mr Fernandez said the woman proceeded to take her phone out 

and take photographs of him, asking her children which relatives 
should they round up and that they would come find me and teach 
me a lesson.
Fernandez went into considerable detail through his Twitter account
 this morning to describe the abuse he called his "own Rosa Parks 
"I thought I could move and then I had a flashback to a very 
famous case of a woman on a bus in the US, a black woman, 
who was told to give up her seat," he told ABC radio.
"And I thought no, I'm having my own Rosa Parks moment, I'm 
not moving from this seat because it has turned into a racial issue.
"I said I'm not going anywhere, I've just been called a black c-word, I am not going anywhere, I've not done anything wrong, I have a right to sit here, I'm going to stay here."
According to the ABC News journalist, his two-year-old daughter 
who was travelling with him, heard the racist rant in full and had to 
"hold his nerve" for the sake of the young girl. 
"All I could think at the time was just hold your nerve, my little 
girl is with me, she needs to see a strong father right now," he said.

He described having to restrain himself from punching the woman 

in the face because he knew that "would not be the smart, nor the 
right thing to do", instead, he had to "just sit here and cop it".
Racial abuse is "not uncommon" to Mr Fernandez, but he told 
news.com.au he felt the need to tweet today's experience "to put 
this on the record".

"People cop abuse like this all the time, they're not articulate like 

me, they don't feel empowered to stand up. I wanted to put it on 
the record for that reason and highlight it's still a problem.

"It’s appalling in so many ways, it's not about race, it's about 

Fernandez's tweets combined had garnered more than 1500 
retweets at the time of writing and an extra 500 followers since 
the incident.
Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist famous 
for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in the coloured section to a 
white passenger in 1955 on driver's orders.
Her defiance sparked the civil rights movement in the US and lead 
to collaborations with fellow activists of time, including Martin 
Luther King, Jr and Edgar Nixon. This week marks the 100th 
anniversary of her birth.
Fernandez's began his career in Perth after studying at Curtin 
University and the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

He was a voice-over artist with Channel 7 before becoming a 

producer for ABC radio in Albany.

If you saw the racist attack on Jeremy Fernandez, contact Matt 

Young via Twitter @the_mattyoung
Follow the conversation on @newscomauHQ
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/abc-journalist-cops-racist-rant-on-sydney-bus/story-e6frfmyi-1226573416717#ixzz2KgDYBiPR

Editors notes: we as a community have to realise that we are a growing population of Australians that use immigrants to  increase our population.  All immigrants will come from all over parts of the world, with all different backgrounds and as I say before we criticise any person living and/or living in Australia, we need to understand that when the question is raised, Who is the real true blue Australian born in Australia  to remain standing? No one, we are all foreigner. We all came from different countries!

In relation to public transport and the way  public may treat public, total respect should always be desired and required. I have a 'Happy Go Lucky' attitude. I tried to make people talk, laugh, listen and learn!  That is the way we all need to treat people! So this behaviour is definitely not required on any form of public transport and I  hope people that read this blog promote peaceful commuters and  to be so nice to transport officers as they take you  to where you want to go!

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