OPINION: Race question rears head in man's tragedy
THE weekend's Welcome to Ipswich celebration at Queens Park showed that the vast majority of people are embracing our city's diverse population.
While it was all about fun, colour and excitement, the message behind Welcome to Ipswich is a serious one.
Unfortunately, the tragic events that unfolded at Goodna last week highlighted the fact that racial divisions and prejudices still exist among a minority.
I'm not talking about the assault that has left Lindsay Ede in a critical condition, but some of the reaction to it.
During the week I was made aware of comments on various forums that focussed not so much on the tragic nature of what happened, but more so on the fact that the accused in this case is a young African man.
While I seek in no way to defend the accused, what I will say is that I have received no information from any source, at this stage at least, to suggest that what occurred in Goodna last Monday was anything to do with race.
Of course, we still don't know the full facts of what happened.
Having met with Mr Ede's family the day after the assault, I fully understand the community anger that has come as a result of this senseless act.
It's normal to be angry, but I believe we should be careful not to direct that anger at anyone other than the person responsible.