After the backlash against the Gillette ad feminists thought that their defence of it had been vindicated following the horrific rape and murder of Arab-Isreali international student Aiia Maasarwe in Bundoora in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
Just as was the case with the rape and murder of Jill Meagher and Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne, local feminists had already organised vigils and had their opinion articles attacking “toxic masculinity” and a “culture of violence against women” ready to go.
Clementine Ford, famous for her #killallmen tweets, in a Fairfax Daily Life article published on Thursday, demanded that Australian men pick a side. Were they “one of the bricks in the wall that adds to the foundation of sexism and misogyny?… Or do you want to be part of the team that’s tearing it down?”
But being an intersectional feminist, Clementine brings race into her argument, claiming that what contributed to Aiia’s murder was”Dog whistling politicians [who] love to fling mud at migrant communities, stoking propaganda against them and nurturing the racism and violence that all too many white people consider to be a good day out”.
And that Aiia was not just a victim of a misogynist society, but a racist one “Women of colour like Aiia are targeted by this violence at significantly higher rates, yet we have legislators and right-wing pundits embracing the tenets of white supremacy under the guise of “preserving our values”.
This screenshot from Clementine’s Facebook page shows she was convinced that the perpetrator was a white man.
But as we learned on Friday the alleged suspect, who was later charged with Aiia’s rape and murder was 20 year old Codey Hermann, a rapper, also known as MC Codez, or Kody Wrex who of was of Aboriginal descent. Then on Saturday it was revealed he was out on bail for minor charges.
Hermann’s race shouldn’t matter, and should not be used to smear all Aboriginal men as dangerous violent offenders, though there is a serious domestic violence problem in Aboriginal communities, but that is it’s own conversation, and Hermann was from the city.
But it was the left and feminists who made this murder about race in hoping that the alleged killer was white, because their agenda is not so much about demonizing men, but demonizing white conservative men. If it was a white male, and a nationalist they would be demanding that a special police taskforce be launched shut all nationalist and patriot groups down.
Remember these are the same people who claim it is racist to generalize about African crime and fear people based on their race, while in this situation they claim women are justified when out in public fearing all men, or when they see groups of men on the streets, citing crime statistics they would otherwise ignore.
Immediately after it was revealed he was Aborignal, the mainstream media reporting on Hermann changed, with Fairfax referring to him as an “aspiring rapper” and a “troubled teenager”, with his childhood and an absent family to blame for him carrying out this horrific attack, with a friend claiming “Most of his depression was because of his family stuff, he didn’t have much family around at all.” and “he was a good kid growing up. As high school started he became a little bit depressed, a bit troubled and a bit into the drugs”.
Social media users have also been able to link Hermann and his sister with Aboriginal sovereignty activists. Hermann shared a drawing on his now deleted Facebook page supporting the Invasion Day message.
He also shared the a meme mocking patriot activists Blair Cottrell and Neil Erikson stand against further immigration, the message being that Aboriginals didn’t want white settlers to come on boats as well.
His sister has appeared in the media as a Aboriginal activist, appearing on SBS’s Insight program and has done work with Victoria’s Koorie Youth Council. But she for one moment should not be tarred with her brother’s alleged horrific act.
But the point stands that exploiting a crime of this nature for political purposes, and hoping that the facts fit your worldview can backfire, and that barbaric acts that are committed in the world transcend political lines. Any man, or women, of any race, of any political persuasion is capable of committing one.