This is a story I wrote and posted about on another long gone blog some years ago. It was about an incident on a street corner in the Brisbane CBD that both angered and distressed me. It was a case of man’s inhumanity to man, in this case to a woman.
One afternoon some years ago on a street corner in central Brisbane, Australia, a tidy, well-dressed middle aged woman stumbled and sank to her knees on the footpath. She appeared to have had a turn and temporarily fainted. She was about 60 years old and somebody’s grandmother, which she turned out to be.
People, men, women and children, walked past her in both directions and ignored her plight. Was it because they were just too busy with their own affairs and lacked humanity?
As she now crumpled to the asphalt and brick tile of the footpath, she was still ignored. I wonder why, but soon found out when I read a news report of the incident.
This fine old grandmother’s only apparent lack of interest to the continuing tide of pedestrians on this Brisbane street corner that particular day appeared to be her race – she was an aboriginal.
But a woman many years her junior stopped suddenly and knelt beside her and spoke to her. This was in the days before mobile cell phones. The woman was asian, possibly Chinese, but she she rushed into a nearby store and rang for an ambulance. She returned and stayed kneeling beside the old woman until help arrived.
The ambulance arrived within a few minutes and paramedics rushed to her aid. But people just glanced at her continuing predicament and continued on her way.
Australia claims to be a multicultural society with equal opportunities for all. Except if you are aboriginal it appears.