I think sometimes it helps in these discussions to get down to the bare bones and say it like it is. And that is that people are scared of black and brown people coming into your country. That’s essentially what it is. And once you take it down to the bare bones, when you talk about things like the dole, and they’re coming to take our jobs, they’re coming to take our money, all of these incredibly toxic ideas people have, and it is at the end of the day about racism. It’s about people who don’t look like us. But in a country like this you have to ask, who is us? And who made us, us? And what did you do to the people who were there before us became us? And are you ok with that?
—Mona Eltahawy on Q&A, March 31st, 2014, Australia.