Tara Coverdale took her two small children -- an 8-month-old and a 4-year-old -- to an inner city park in Sydney, Australia to play recently, only to be told she's not welcomed there.
“I’m sorry you can’t come here," a worker from Alexandria Park Community Centre told her. "It’s a multicultural playgroup. Can I ask what your cultural background is?”
Well, Coverdale is white, Australian, has blonde hair, and freckles. This didn't help her cause with the "multicultural police."
“I’m sorry, you can’t come here," she was told again. "It’s for multicultural families and people who speak languages other than English at home.”
Like all harried mothers who finally found a way to entertain her children to pass the day away, she wasn't about to yank her son out of his joyful playing with a friend just because she and her children were white. Note that he was playing with a friend -- who was presumably not being harassed by park staffers. I assume that means that her white son was playing with a "child of color who speaks another language." Isn't that the point of all their rabid multiculturalism? Of course it's not. They are all about a certain political ideology, not about truly being a gathering place of different types of individuals. “Why should I leave?” the defiant mom asked.
Once again, she was asked the same question --- “Can I just ask what your cultural background is?” -- this time by Jo Fletcher, the centre’s facilitator. Once again, the mother got the same robotic response: “I’m sorry you can’t come here," she said. "It’s a multicultural playgroup."
The mom finally left, after being told that there were no programs there for people like her, that she needed to go to a facility further away. According to Heat Street, she wasn't happy that her taxes were being used to exclude people based on race:
“We’re in a pretty progressive area, it’s very accepting of all people. But I feel like I’m excluded,” Coverdale told the paper. “How does that help Australia, help people to integrate, speak English and build a life… I pay a lot of tax. I pay my rates. To think I’m actually not welcome is unfair.”
Officials agreed. Apparently, Fletcher had to undergo training so that she'd understand how to not exclude people in the future. It's hard to blame her, though, because that's what multiculturalism is all about: the celebration of all cultures except that of the white colonialist oppressor.