It is often noted during outrage about youth crime gangs of a certain ethnicity that this panic has been seen before: fears about white kids, Middle-Eastern kids, Vietnamese kids, stretching back to the 1950s.
But none of those kids stood out like D does. None of them was tall and black.
“There’s good police, but there’s a lot of bad ones, too.
“How can you respect someone who doesn’t respect you?”
The same submission spells out that youth offending is decreasing, but a smaller group of offenders are committing more crimes, and that those aged 10-17 who were born overseas averaged more offences than those born in Australia.
Meanwhile, he fears being attacked. It has almost been forgotten that, 10 years ago, a Sudanese teenager who also had his troubles with police, Liep Gony, was beaten to death by a pair of men, one of whom had earlier yelled he was going to “take my anger out on some niggers”.
“How are we supposed to assimilate if we keep being told how different we are?” Sebit asks.