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‘Go back to China’: Australian police charge woman for racist train rant

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 July, 2014, 2:49pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 3:05pm

Australian police have charged a woman for racially abusing passengers on a train after a video recording her tirade was posted online and went viral, sparking a social media backlash.

The 55-year-old, named by Australian media as Karen Bailey, was arrested late on Thursday after allegedly launching an expletive-filled rant at young children and an Asian woman during a Sydney train journey.

New South Wales police said she was charged with offensive language and will appear in court later this month.

Karen Bailey was filmed pulling her eyes back and using a mock Chinese accent as she yelled at fellow commuters, “What’s wrong with Hong Kong? Why did you come to this country? This is our country.”

Mimicking the accent of an Asian mother who stood up to her, the woman adds: “We go back to China. We go back to China. We have stupid.”

She then launches into another passenger standing nearby who also tries to calm her, loudly declaring, “Hard to get an Aussie girlfriend - you had to get a ****, using a derogatory term used to describe an Asian.”

Laughing, she adds: “She probably thinks he’s rich.”

Bailey’s outburst began off-camera, when she could not get a seat in the carriage and started to scream at two children aged seven and 10, coarsely telling their mother to vacate a seat for her.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by a passenger on the train who recorded the exchange. It had been viewed more than 250,000 times on by Friday morning and attracted almost 1,000 comments.

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said on Twitter that “there is no excuse for acts of racial insult, humiliation and intimidation”.

“When confronted with such conduct, everyone should consider a response, including reporting it to a relevant authority,” he wrote.

Bailey told media group Ninemsn she was having a “really, really rotten day” and “it’s awful what I said to that woman, I do agree”.

“There’s no excuse to rant at people like that,” she said. “It’s awful and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, regardless of any race.”

Bailey initially gave her name as Sue Wilkins to passengers and some media outlets once the video of her rant went viral.

The incident came two years after a French-speaking woman singing on a Melbourne bus was told by a man to “speak English or die” in another video posted on the internet that went viral.

Two Chinese students were burned, beaten and racially abused on a Sydney train in the same year, sparking uproar on China’s social media sites.


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The main difference is, in Australia the police intervened against the woman. I wish the same would happen when foreigners are treated as pariahs (without any reason) by Chinese mainlanders, or Hong Kong people. Or worse, by men who are jealous we have a Chinese wife. Would anybody in the public come to help the foreigner? Reply NOT needed.
Welcome to Australia and it's only getting worse..... remember witnessing something along these lines in my first year at uni... a hick yelling at a man to speak in english over the phone to whoever they were speaking to, the mall incident when a man sat down at a table that had two asian kids and the mother and demanding they vacate, or how about the N word on numerous occasions . The asian cabbie who had a runner from his cab and the cop laughing as he stood there and watched the whole thing....when i asked why did he not do anything the cop threatened to arrest me....the list goes on and on!!!! But even better the govt trying to water down bigotry by changing and watering down discrimination laws recently is the cherry.
Such an ugly person in all ways. Hope she gets the book thrown at her in Court. Why are people becoming increasingly racist? Its no different in Hong Kong though. So many Hong Konger's think no expat speaks Cantonese so are insulting about them only to occasionally get caught out by one who, like me, does understand the language! Lets all learn to be more tolerant.
I would love to see Xi Jinping press these racist aussies on human rights and racism.....
SCMP - your failure to monitor these racist posts is unforgivable. What sort of a rag have you turned into?
Clean up your act or you have lost me!
Sorry that there are idiots and imbeciles in every country and city who are overtly racists. If you have racist attitudes, keep it in check and learn to mitigate or minimize it. Australia was a large continent inhabited by their aborigines. They were the tolerant people. Everyone else who came after often persecuted the natives. Persecutors happened to be mainly Whites prisoners and their guardians. Let the current government issue a major apology and proper redress and remuneration to the aborigines as well.
Marcus T Anthony
You want them to apologise again? Or do you mean after every election and new govt. comes in that they should apologise?
The Aboriginal problem is very real - but also not as simple as naive international media paint it. I grew up with Aboriginal friends, played in Aboriginal football teams where whites were a small minority, worked in towns with Very large Aboriginal populations, and was on the Aboriginal Education Committee in a Western New South Wales town. I know what I am talking about. The problem will never be solved until the Aborigines-as-victims narrative is discarded. And non-Aboriginal people cannot play the major role - they can only acknowledge the truth about white colonisation and the scale of the current problem. The bulk of the work - and the shift in mindset - has to be done by the Aborigines themselves.
Sorry for the lady from Hong Kong.The white woman is disgusting for saying the racist things like "****" etc. Plus, having a bad mood is a good reason to yell at others? Such a horrible rat!
SCMP, the way you fail to monitor this forum is an embarrassment.
You allow this to become a forum for haters because you fail to monitor it and remove offensive posts in a timely fashion.
Some of the posts here are just as offensive as the woman's comments!
But maybe you are quite happy with this because hate sells?




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