Earlier this week, 9news.com.au published an article about a Reclaim Australia supporter – Nathan Paterson – who is upset because people are judging him on his looks.
“People judge you just for the way you look, without knowing anything about you, which I think, that’s not fair,” Nathan said.
This is our open letter to Nathan.
We saw your story on 9news. We wanted to let you know that we wholeheartedly agree with your statement.
When people call us names based on how we look, it really hurts. It makes us feel anxious. They don’t really know who we are, so who are they to judge?
When people abuse us based on what we wear, it makes us feel frustrated. Nobody else has the right to tell us what type of clothing is acceptable.
When people ridicule the way we present ourselves – you have been ridiculed about your tattoos so we know you can sympathise with us – when people do this we feel that it is unfair. They talk about us from a distance so we don’t get the right of reply.
Why do people judge others before they get to know them? It doesn’t make sense.
Like you, we want to be defined by what we do and say as individuals, not by how we look.
All Together Now supporters
Our Annual Report 2014-15 is now available to view. Please click the highlighted link to download the pdf of the Annual Report of All Together Now, for 2014-15.
We are looking forward to another great year. We have many projects on the horizon for 2015-16, with new ambassadors and volunteers creating a fresh and dynamic force behind the organisation’s projects, blog content and social media campaigns.
Thank you for your continued support.
From the Team at All Together Now.
There’s a poll on the Herald Sun website today asking if racism is alive in Australia. Please vote here.
Happy 2012! We’ve got some exciting projects and campaigns lined up for this year. If you’re keen to help us make them successful, please apply for one of our new volunteer roles:
If you don’t have time to volunteer but want to be more involved, get your workplace involved. We’re looking for business and government partners to join us in promoting the prevention of racism, particularly organisations that want to reach 18-35 year-olds. Email us for more information.
The annual Mapping Social Cohesion report was released today.
The research shows a very slight drop in the number of people who say they have been a victim of racial abuse in the past 12 months, remaining at around 14% (that’s 1 in 7 people).
It also shows that 44% of people think the level of racial prejudice in Australia is higher now than it was five years ago. All the more reason why All Together Now’s work is needed!
Do you know someone who supports cultural diversity in the local community? Nominate them to be a People of Australia Ambassador:
As part of Australia’s new multicultural policy, the Prime Minister has announced the Australian Multicultural Council will appoint 40 People of Australia Ambassadors.
Ambassadors will champion inclusion and provide ‘grass roots’ input to the Australian Multicultural Council and to Government.
Ambassadors will be appointed for a 12 month period and have key roles in annual community events and celebrations for Harmony Day on 21 March.