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is Australia racist?

Racism

Racism (Photo credit: maHidoodi)

In Australia most people consider racism unacceptable, but there are some who have racist views.  The thing that makes us different from some countries is that we do have strong laws which make it illegal to discriminate against someone because of their ‘race’ or ethnic or cultural background, so that you can’t, for example, deny someone a job because of their skin colour or where they come from.

The good bit is that Australia is full of people from all of the world whose families came from over the seas and we do embrace a multicultural ethos where space is given for different groups to express themselves and maintain their culture  and traditions including practising their different religions within the boundaries of our laws. Bear in mind though that not everyone in Australia is religious or practises their religion actively. Also remember that racism is not acceptable from visitors or migrants either.

We educate our kids at school that racism is unacceptable in this society and you find many materials and publications here to support this line.  When searching for information I came upon the Racism No Way website, which is a well-known slogan in Australia.  This site led me to an older publication from Streetwize Comics I remember from over 25 years ago about dealing with racism at school which reminds us that this is an ongoing issue. If you’ve got kids experiencing racism at school, this comic has some helpful strategies about how the school system can be expected to respond to it.

Takin’ a Stand courtesy of Streetwize Comics

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