Posted September 05, 2019 14:48:40I have always been a strong believer in freedom of speech, but I have always felt compelled to say things about Nazis that others did not.
I was called a “faggot” in a pub when I was 15 years old and had to wear a yellow armband for the next 10 years.
It was an emotional moment.
I felt a huge sense of solidarity with the other people who had to endure that experience.
I remember one night as I was walking home, my mother took me to a pub.
It wasn’t a typical pub.
A lot of the people there were women.
I was wearing a skirt and a pair of stockings and had on a shirt that said “I’m a woman”.
I said “What do you think you are?” and my mother replied “You’re a Nazi”.
My reaction was just disbelief.
I didn’t know what to do.
I had a hard time accepting it, but at the time, I didn’st have the power to make a statement.
I had to accept it and move on.
I know now, because I’ve been through that, that it was a reaction to something.
When I went to college in the early 2000s, I was told I was a “social misfit” because I didnʙt drink.
I went on to study political science and sociology.
But I never took that as a personal attack.
I never felt I was the problem.
I feel like the people who didn’t drink were the ones who needed to drink more.
I have a very clear sense of how my parents, who were very progressive in their thinking, were reacting to me.
I would say to them, “I don’t drink, I don’t go to bars, I’m not a social misfit”.
My parents never said to me, “We love you, you are great, we want you to have a good life.”
They never said, “You canʙti get a job”.
They didn’t say, “Hey, you can’t do that, you’re a little bit off.”
They were supportive of my choice to do what I did.
They never said “we are going to put a stop to this”.
I think that was a very important part of my upbringing, as a teenager.
I donʙts believe that the way I was raised was the way my parents thought, because that would have been very, very damaging.
I know now that I am a much better person than I was then.
I am now able to deal with this and to look at my life with a new perspective.
It has been a very difficult time for me.
My parents have given me the opportunity to be a better person.
I now have a career that involves working in the community, but there are still things that I donít want to do, such as being on my own.
I am also much more able to express myself now.
I have a much wider audience, and that has allowed me to express things in a more mature way.
I do a lot more research, I read more books, and I have begun to realise that I have an opinion, but it isn’t a judgment, but an opinion that is based on my life experience.
If I were to go back in time, what would I do differently?
I would probably tell my parents to stop doing what they were doing.
I still have a lot of issues with my parents.
They treated me like a little baby, and my parents treated me as though I was their property.
They were never very respectful of their authority.
They had a very strong control over what I was doing. They didnʝt want me to go to college or go to university.
I would never want my parents or grandparents to do that to me again.
I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had at university to work in the local community and do my bit.
I wouldn’t want to take it back.
I wish I had the opportunity again, and if I had been in my own time, maybe I would have changed my behaviour.
But in my current situation, I can’t change anything about my behaviour, but if I was in my familyʙs shoes, I would be very much more open to change.
I think the first step in changing something is for parents to step back and say, ‘No, we can’t have that in our family’.
I have been reading about the rise in anti-Semitic attitudes in Australia.
It is something that is absolutely tragic and it is very concerning.
I understand the reasons behind it, and it should be looked at in a different light.
But the main thing is to stop the discrimination, which is the main reason that we have this problem.
I think we have to take a step back from all the hate that is out there and we need to