Moments earlier, the man stopped outside Revellers Bar when he heard James Bruce say "my n-----", Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.
This is a snip from The Age. James Bruce and his brother beat a black man severely. They are before the courts and the legal system and given they have pleaded guilty, we can only hope they are dealt with severely. A third brother tried to stop the assault.
Still, what could be worse than a foster father killing his twelve year old foster daughter, as is alleged happened in Queensland. Also alleged is that she may have been pregnant to her foster parents' son. Twelve years old, she was. Horrid.
We had our own words to describe our native population for which we should be ashamed, such as boong, gin, lubra and more but so far as I know, nigger has not generally been used in Australia, aside from as a reference to American blacks. Perhaps American blacks is now too unacceptable. I probably should say, those of African American heritage.
But what I take issue with is The Age reporter, or The Age editorial committee, or the sub editor, which I believe has been outsourced to a New Zealand company, not printing the word nigger as part of reportage. Clearly nigger is an ugly and loaded word, but that is not a reason not to print the word when quoting.