Reports of racism on public transport are increasing, however this doesn’t mean there is an actual increase in racist incidences. Reports of incidences are increasing because more people have smartphones and it seems they are willing to use them to record evidence of fellow citizens behaving in an illegal or abusive manner. It is also due to an increase in people learning why it is important to speak up when they witness racism and appropriate ways in which to do so.
Our Director Dr Yin Paradies was interviewed by Radio National on 2 April 2013 about this most recent incident of racism on a bus in Sydney’s inner west.
See our resources on what to do if you witness racism on the bus, or speaking up against racism more generally.