Politics

A Labor Leader Is Very Worried That Immigrants Are Pushing White People Out Of The Suburbs

He literally used the phrase "white flight".

White Flight

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has defended his use of the term “white flight” to describe suburbs in western Sydney where “Anglo” families are supposedly fleeing as migrants move in.

Foley made the comments to The Daily Telegraph (who else?), claiming that successive governments had pushed huge migrant intakes into regions that don’t have the infrastructure required to service them.

The man who wants to be the next Premier of NSW said this meant areas such as Fairfield in Sydney’s southwest are experiencing a “slow decline”.

“I’m saying, what about that middle ring of suburbs that have experienced, if anything, just a slow decline. In terms of employment, in terms of white flight — where many Anglo families have moved out?,” he told the paper.

Just to be clear, this is a Labor leader explicitly linking the “slow decline” of some suburbs to an absence of white people.

The phrase “white flight” originates from the US, and refers to white families leaving racially mixed urban areas during the civil rights era. As black Americans gained greater social standing and political power, many white families moved to more racially homogenous suburban areas, creating a form of unofficial segregation.

Foley’s comments were pretty quickly condemned on social media.

Naturally, Foley’s remarks were praised by Pauline Hanson.

“Good on Luke Foley. Because it needs to be said,” Hanson told Today this morning. “I have been saying this and I said it 20 years ago. I said there will be places in Australia we won’t recognise as being Australian. I said they are forming ghettos. That is exactly what is happening and people are starting to talk about it.”

Speaking on the ABC this morning, Foley defended his use of the racially charged term.

“[White flight] is an academic term, it’s an identifiable phenomenon in many western cities that reflects the changing cultural mix of many suburbs,” he said. “This is a class issue more than a race issue.”

When asked about receiving Hanson’s endorsement, Foley pointed out that he has previously ruled out a preference deal with One Nation.

“I won’t have a bar of her divisive race-based politics,” he said.

Okay champ.