A Greens senator has hit back at an email calling her a ‘disgusting anti-Aussie cow’ after she criticised.
Senator Mehreen Faruqi shared an email from a man named Garry on Thursday, in which he berated the politician in response to a Tweet she made on Wednesday.
‘January 26 is Invasion Day, a day of mourning, no matter what a few people in the racist bin fire of my Facebook comments think,’ she wrote.
Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi (pictured) made a Tweet saying ‘January 26 is Invasion Day, a day of mourning’ on Wednesday before she received an angry email from a man named Garry
Angry Garry’s email was titled ‘scum’ and began by calling Ms Faruqi a ‘disgusting anti-Australian immigrant’.
‘You should be ashamed of yourself. I bloody hope you chase me up cos you anti-Aussie scum hide behind parliamentary privilege,’ he wrote.
‘You’d never get away with your discriminatory dialogue in your home country you disgusting anti Aussie-cow.’
Ms Faruqi is an Australian citizen who was born in Lahore, Pakistan.
Angry Garry’s email was titled ‘scum’ and began by calling Ms Faruqi a ‘disgusting anti Australian immigrant’. Ms Faruqi shared the email to her social media pages on Thursday
Ms Faruqi responded to Garry’s email, saying she is ‘unapologetically a brown, Muslim, migrant, feminist woman and Greens senator’
The senator shared the email to her Facebook and Twitter with an eloquent response in the caption.
‘Garry, I said this in my first speech to Parliament, almost like it was written for you: “I am unapologetically a brown, Muslim, migrant, feminist woman and Greens Senator”,’ Ms Faruqi captioned the post.
‘I say “unapologetically”, because if there is one thing people with stories like mine are asked to do constantly, it is to apologise for our presence, because we are not quiet enough, not respectful enough, not thankful enough, not Australian enough.’
She then wrote a sentence in her native tongue of Urdu before translating it into English: ‘Sorry, not sorry! This is my home, and I’m not going anywhere.’
Ms Faruqi is Australia’s first female Muslim senator and was re-elected in the 2019 federal election, securing 8.7 per cent of the NSW vote.
Facebook users flooded the comments to support Ms Faruqi.
‘I’m sorry you have to deal with people like Garry. Thanks for standing up for decency, compassion and fairness,’ one woman wrote.
Ms Faruqi responded to Garry’s email, saying she is ‘unapologetically a brown, Muslim, migrant, feminist woman and Greens Senator’
Meanwhile, a man wrote: ‘I’m so sorry you have to endure vitriolic abuse like this. It’s un-Australian and this bloke shames the rest of us.’
Invasion Day campaigners want Australia Day to be moved from January 26 as it is the day the First Fleet of British ships arrived Australia, which marks the beginning of colonisation and disenfranchisement of Indigenous people.
Prime Ministerrecently came under fire for saying January 26 was a tough day for convicts on the First Fleet in 1788.
‘On Australia Day, it’s all about acknowledging how far we’ve come,’ Mr Morrison told reporters in Queensland on Thursday.
‘You know, when those 12 ships turned up in Sydney, it wasn’t a particularly flash day for the people on those vessels either.’
Critics accused Mr Morrison of drawing a false equivalence between those aboard the First Fleet and the experience of Australia’s Indigenous people who endured forced labor, massacres, oppression and dispossession.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under fire for saying January 26 was a tough day for convicts on the First Fleet in 1788
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