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#EraseRacism at the football this weekend

Football Federation Australia (FFA), Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) and Australia’s only national anti-racism charity, All Together Now, have joined forces once again in the fight against racism.

Following last year’s inaugural ‘Erase Racism Round’, the joint initiative will see Round 22 of the Hyundai A-League host this season’s round.

Football is Australia’s most multicultural sport, the ‘Erase Racism Round’ is aimed at highlighting the commitment of the players and the Hyundai A-League to ensuring that there is no place for racism in Australian Football or in the broader community.

“Unfortunately, one in five Australians was a target of racial abuse last year,” All Together Now’s Managing Director, Priscilla Brice, said. “To change this, we need to teach people that racism is unacceptable. Football is a good place to start. The Erase Racism Round certainly helps to get the word out that there is no place for racism in football.”

All Together Now ambassador and Adelaide United forward Bruce Djite said the Erase Racism Round gave the players an opportunity to play a positive role in fighting racism.

“Tackling racism is the responsibility of all and the players are eager to play their part in helping society to do so,” said Djite.

“Diversity and Multiculturalism has brought immeasurable benefits to Australia and the Erase Racism Round is a way we can highlight that to all.”

Head of the Hyundai A-League, Damien de Bohun said the Erase Racism Round once again highlighted football’s commitment to tackling racism.

“Football is an inclusive sport played by a diverse range of people all over the world. It is a common language, regardless of a person’s background or ethnicity, that people from all walks of life can relate to each other through ,” De Bohun said.

“The Hyundai A-League is again proud to support the Erase Racism Round to highlight the fact that there is no place for racism in Australian football.

“The multicultural nature of Australian football has played a huge role in the success of football and initiatives such as Erase Racism Round are an appropriate platform to support multicultural members of the Football Family.”

PFA Chief Executive Adam Vivian said the players were determined to build on last season’s Erase Racism Round. “Our members are determined to ensure that football is free from racism,” said Vivian.

“The Erase Racism Round gives players and football supporters across Australia the chance to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and the enormous benefits that have resulted from it and we encourage all football fans to donate to ensure All Together Now can carry on with their fantastic work.”

For PFA media enquiries contact PFA Media and Communications Manager Beau Busch on +61 (0) 432763485 or via [email protected]

For FFA media enquiries contact FFA Media Operations Manager Adam Mark on +61 (0) 409 390340 or via [email protected]

For All Together Now media enquiries contact Managing Director Priscilla Brice on +61 (0) 423180446 or via [email protected]

10 signs of casual racism

While everyone is quick to recognise overt racism when we see it—we share it on social media and read about it in the news—many of us overlook a subtle form of racism that’s often disguised as a joke, stereotype or subconscious decision we make. Here are 10 signs you might have inadvertently done something ‘casually’ racist:

1. You start a sentence with “I’m not racist but…”

Prefacing a potentially racist statement with “I’m not racist but” doesn’t make it less offensive. So next time you feel the need to start a sentence this way, remember: it’s unlikely anything good will follow those four words…

2. “I’m not a racist. I have black friends.”

Having friends from an ethnic minority background does not give you permission to make racist comments. What might be acceptable to your close friends, may be offensive to someone outside of your trusted circle.

3. “You speak so well for an Asian.”

While you genuinely think you’re giving someone a compliment, what you’re also saying is that Asian people (or other ethnicities) have an inferior grasp of English. And even as Australia continues to welcome new migrants into our society, the fact is many people of Asian backgrounds are Australians who were born or raised here.

4. “Yes but where are you really from.”

This innocent question stems out of curiosity, but also implies that people who don’t have white skin or an Australian accent can’t call Australia home or couldn’t possibly have grown up here. As a multicultural society, it’s important to respect every resident’s right to call Australia home. We suggest asking the less derisive question: What’s your cultural heritage or background?

5. You get nervous around Muslims or Hindus on airplanes.

Racial profiling happens every day and it’s not just by law enforcement officers or airport security staff; many regular Australians also hold prejudices towards people of certain cultural or religious identities. What you may call a ‘harmless stereotype’ often impacts the daily lives of entire groups of people.

6. You cross the road to avoid people of a certain race.

See number 5.

7. You don’t see color, just the human race.

While it may come from a well-intended place, this form of ‘colourblind racism’ dismisses society’s history of racism, system of white privilege, and the everyday experiences that people still face because of racism. Even if you can ignore skin colour, society does not.

8. You are more offended by “reverse-racism.”

Some white people get upset by what they call “reverse racism”. They believe white people are adversely affected by policies designed to help minority groups in society. If reverse-racism gets you upset and defensive, this educational video might help reverse the situation…

9. When someone’s offended, you tell them to “take a joke.”

With Australia’s laidback culture, it’s easy to dismiss those offended as uptight people who ‘can’t take a joke’. Instead, try to see it from their point of view or learn about their experiences. Remember: we don’t have the right to choose who gets offended by our jokes. Impact is more important than intent.

10. Avoiding somebody because of their race, nationality or ethnicity.

This is the subtlest form of casual racism but it can be as hurtful as calling people racist names. Avoiding somebody can make them feel as if they don’t belong in Australia.

What Exactly Is Casual Racism?

Casual racism is racially-insensitive behaviour that often goes unnoticed in everyday interactions. It’s often hard to spot, because casual racism is so commonplace and normalised that it sometimes forms part of our daily lives.

Casual racism can include jokes or statements that highlight (in a negative way) cultural differences such as physical appearance, cultural practices or accents. It can also be expressed through beliefs, prejudices or behaviours that we sometimes don’t realise we exhibit. To learn more, read Explainer: what is casual racism– a piece written by our academic partners Jacqueline Nelson from the University of Western Sydney and Jessica Walton from Deakin University.

How It Affects People

Casual racism is more than a ‘harmless joke’ or comment. It often leads to subconscious discrimination, marginalises those who stand up and ultimately helps real racists in our community validate their views. By normalising racial stereotypes in society, we also help to perpetuate the next generation of schoolyard and office bullies.
This evocative video, made by anti-depression organisation Beyond Blue, explains how casual racism can also affect people’s health.

Also Read: What is White supremacy and how do white supremacist groups operate in our community?

How Can You Help?

Empathise – Whatever your race, showing empathy is a good place to start. This means listening to people affected by racism, hearing about their everyday struggles, and understanding the effects of privilege. To put yourself in the shoes of someone experiencing racism, try our Everyday Racism app.

Speak up – Discover ways you can safely speak up against racism.

Keep the conversation going – One of the best ways to make casual racism more visible is to talk openly about it. We encourage you to share your experiences at work, in social situations and on social media. By speaking up together, we can work towards making casual racism unacceptable in our everyday lives. What do you think? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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