What do bikini’s, tiaras and world peace have in common? They’re all part of a typical beauty pageant, that is of course unless you’re at the Miss Sudan pageant in Melbourne Australia.
It took 12 police units and a three-dog squad to bring violence at the event under control. A man of 28 years required surgery after being slashed by a machete.
Sudanese Community Association of Australia vice president Lual Deng has encouraged event organisers to investigate the cause of the event. Local media however, have only picked up on two facts, firstly that a violent brawl occurred, secondly it was at a Sudanese event drawing the presumption that Sudanese migrants are violent by nature.
The more common thing these brawlers share is being human; and that is a commonality that has lead to violence regardless of ethnicity, time or place. Journalistic integrity and the sale of sensationalism is mutually exclusive so consider twice what we read and the opinions it makes us form.