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Posted in aboriginal, australia, racism by freoview on July 31, 2014

aboriginal girl, tiff

I just watched the new StopThinkRespect video, which is the new campaign against racism in Australia by BEYOND BLUE. It is very powerful and I had goose bumps running down my spine, because I have never understood racism and judging people on their appearance, skin colour, culture, religion or language.

I believe that most people deserve respect and courtesy. To read that a survey by Beyond Blue shows that one in five non-Indigenous Australians would move away if an Indigenous person sat next to them on public transport is outrageous. Ten percent of those surveyed also stated they would never hire and Indigenous job seeker.

From my observation there is a huge amount of latent racism in Australia, but society puts its head in the sand and ignores it. We still live the urban-myth of the laid-back country where fair go for all is the norm, but sadly that mainly applies to those of us who are white.

Racism is despicable and without foundation. It is often the fear of the unknown, as the majority of people can’t be bothered getting to know people from other cultures, and that is very sad because we can all learn so much from each other.

Roel Loopers

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  1. dickbaynham said, on July 31, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Well said Roel. The statistics behind the latest Beyond Blue campaign are accurate and they are a disgrace that shames all of us. Every white person needs to stand up and publicly question the behaviour of anyone who displays racist behaviour – whether implicit or explicit – it is only when more of us do this and demonstrate we are not prepared to tolerate racism in any shape or form that we can begin to bring about meaningful change.

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