Egg-Boy: The Hero of Today and the Message of Tomorrow
Suzy Monzer explains how the national response to Egg-Boy makes him a social indicator of white privilege.
In recent news we witnessed a young Australian teen crack an egg on Senator Fraser Anning’s head as he was in the midst of trying to find justifiable grounds for the brutal attack that took place in Christchurch.
Will Connolly’s actions evoked a ripple of questions throughout the nation, creating a national desperation to redefine ‘assault’ and to consider ‘leftist extremism’.
Most of my experience with boys who look like Egg-Boy have been not in the slightest enjoyable. From snarky racist remarks to subtle jokes, living in the Central Coast, has definitely been an eye-opening experience, being a majority white area.
To see a young, white Australian boy reach the level of empathy and understanding that many non-POC members of the community struggle to reach, was astounding. His actions definitely shed a light of hope amongst multiple POC community members who commended his actions and thanked him for standing up against hate speech.
It’s a shame Connolly’s actions should be seen as ‘exceptional’. You’d think being a genuine human would be the norm. But I guess as a country who has seen multiple politicians both past and present openly present their unwillingness to acknowledge racism in this country - it’s a much deeper and more complex issue to deal with.
Regardless, after watching Connolly’s act of courage, I definitely felt much more motivated to tolerate the difficult discussions with people in the Australian community who have misconceptions of my Lebanese culture and heritage. The conversations that allow room for change and growth.
The thing we must pay attention too with the whole Egg-boy ordeal, is the response he received on a national scale.
It led me to a myriad of questions regarding his identity and if his whiteness gave him the privilege of being able to egg a senator without being lectured on what ‘true Australian values’ are.
Often, minority communities are lectured on what makes up a civil democracy. We are always anxious and feel the need to behave as our misbehaviour is judged harder than the typical ‘Australian’. We’re constantly on edge, feeling an unnecessary angst of being scrutinised by the public and being used as an example and representation of our communities.
The national response to ‘Egg-Boy’ highlights how easily the work of thousands of Muslims, who have been actively fighting white supremacy for decades, can be overshadowed.
This is in no way Will Connolly’s fault either. He didn’t do this in ill faith, or with the intention of becoming famous. He was just a man doing the world a favour.
Egg-Boy is still a hero. His ally ship is much appreciated, and I’m not going to lie - I want to be his best friend. I just wish society would let us all egg racist politicians without questioning selective peoples’ values.
Egg-Boy has set the bar now and also outdated an old excuse often made for racists - that they don’t understand because they are not in the same position.
Empathy is often discussed as some far-away concept that takes extreme measures to reach; take the show ‘Go Back to Where You Came From’ as an example. Egg-Boy has taught us that we don’t need to walk the same path as someone to understand them. It just takes compassion, love, empathy and a whole lot of listening.
I hope we can make changes sooner than later. We’ve taken long enough. I hope that we can reach the acknowledgement of Aboriginal sovereignty of land, acknowledge our history, acknowledge the destructive and discriminatory narrative on which we have built this society, and pray that we create more kids like Egg-Boy.
Suzy Monzer is a journalism and law student who is passionate about social justice, human rights and politics. She enjoys writing poetry and watching comedy films.