Racism in Australia: March 2012

Racism in Australia – March 2012

A collection of stories from Australia about racism, curated by All Together Now

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Racism, anti-racism and multiculturalism as reported in the media…

Leadership needed to curb Aussie racism, expert warnsSubscribe Now AUSTRALIANS are "frightened'' to discuss evident racism in communities and need greater leadership, Race Discr…
Group denies racism behind opposition to Muslim schoolA GROUP which opposed plans for a Muslim school in the city's outer north has denied that racism and religious intolerance motivated …
For perspective – number of asylum claims in the US in 2011 = 74,020. In Australia – 11,510.Latika Bourke
‘Migrant boost could help NSW’ : World News Australia on SBSDeputy Premier Andrew Stoner says "high value migration" has a critical role to play in lifting productivity in NSW.
Australia: Former PM Paul Keating slams racist tone of asylum seeker debate @australian http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/paul-keating-slams-racist-tone-of-asylum-debate/story-fn9hm1gu-1226307691792Anne O’Donoghue
NT intervention like Apartheid: lawyersPlans to extend the NT intervention in remote Aboriginal communities for another decade are akin to Apartheid in South Africa, a lawyers …
Indigenous greatness obscured by stereotypesAS racial issues bring the AFL to boiling point, former Port star Che Cockatoo-Collins says the furore reflects a wider problem that goes…
Listen: Demetriou says the AFL recruiting officer who made racist comments should "start looking for another job". http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/demetriou-labels-comments-completely-stupid/20120316-1v98d.html3AW #Melbourne
Sky News: Racism still ‘touchy’ subject, says SunUpdated: 20:49, Tuesday March 13, 2012 Gold Coast’s Joel Wilkinson says his AFL experience of being racially abused shows the inclination…
Racist vandalism disfigures cemetery Local Gold Coast News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, AustraliaNikki Todd | 12:01am March 8, 2012 Kerrie Green, Sharon Phillips and Leweena Williams can’t believe the desecration at Fingal Head cemeta…
Social media again proves army’s undoing – Communications – News – ZDNet AustraliaA failure in social media education on behalf of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has led to yet another public embarrassment for the o…
Sexist, racist culture is ADF’s undoing, not social media. RT @zdnetaustralia: Social media again proves army’s undoing http://bit.ly/zPymRTAsher Wolf
$3bn hit to economy as foreign students slumpTHE value of international students to the Australian education sector has collapsed by 20 per cent as the high dollar gouges an industry…
Convicted Asian-Australian army major fights for careerAn Asian-Australian army major working in the Defence legal unit has been court-martialled for confronting a senior civilian employee abo…
This is unbelievable #racism: Convicted Asian-Australian army major fights for career http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/convicted-asianaustralian-army-major-fights-for-career-20120304-1uatj.html via @brisbanetimesNareen Young
Bloody Daily Telegraph front page screaming headline about burqas. Nothing sells like racism. Xenophobia Times better name. #auspolDavidW2035

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

How was your #HarmonyDay? Great time to celebrate diversity and battle #racism, says @HelenSzoke http://bit.ly/GENdegAusHumanRights
Here’s the article I wrote for SBS on Harmony Day.I wrote about my experiences & thoughts on racism.What r ur thoughts? http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1635809/Views-What-multiculturalism-means-to-youL-FRESH The LION
Celebrate our cultural diversity in the workplace on HARMONY DAY which encourages us to stamp out racism. #newsroom2DayFM 104.1
As part of Harmony Day, SBS asked me to blog about my experience of racism in Australia: http://bit.ly/GGHwcxPearl Tan
Throwing the spotlight on racist behaviour is important for dealing with it #insightsbsJonathan Brown
Happy #HarmonyDay! We are having a Taste of Harmony morning tea to celebrate. You can find out what’s happening here http://www.harmony.gov.auKate Lundy

How do we discuss racism in Australia?

Want to know how to discuss racism in Australia? http://rightnow.org.au/writing-cat/article/how-should-we-discuss-racism-in-australia/ (by @alltognow)Right Now
Don’t let that racist colleague/friend/relative make you feel uncomfortable anymore… say something!… http://fb.me/1G44O0cGnNSW Reconciliation
‘Let each of us take seriously our personal responsibility to create constructive conversations about #racism in Aust. society’ – @alltognowMickey Kovari
How to discuss #racism, ‘honest & forthright disagreement vital to changing attitudes & improving behaviour’ http://bit.ly/yy7ctq @alltognowMickey Kovari

Racism prevention…

Online survey to tackle racismworldnewsaustralia
Get involved – National Anti-Racism StrategyWe need your ideas to assist in building a strong interest and momentum in the development of a National Anti-Racism Strategy for Austral…
Call on all Aussies to fight racism : World News Australia on SBSFederal Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke is calling on all Australians to battle racism in their community.
How can we prevent racism? 1st of our interview series on racism: Race Discrim Commissioner @helenszoke says… http://vimeo.com/37998711All Together Now
Students take stand against racismIt was hosted by Education Minister Chris Bourke, who identifies as Aboriginal himself and said there was too much denial over racist iss…

People thinking and commenting about racism…

@SMinney "I don’t want to sound racist, but…" Get me a cricket bat.Julie
Last night’s racist, ignorant, reactionary ranting by a florid Englishman in the pub just undid all my warmth to the general population.gerlzilla
Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita HeissBuy this book from a local independent bookseller. Tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter about this book. Embed this book sample in y…
The stories that us at NGOs want to get heard are for the people that aren’t listening, what can the media do for us?#NGOMediaForumReconciliation Aus.
Also think in this day and age, racism shouldn’t be an issue any more. #movingforwardDavid
Omar – how would you discuss racism?alltognow
My Good Weekend piece on Asian dudes in the sexual ecosystem is online now via @DailyLifeAu. http://www.dailylife.com.au/life-and-love/love,-sex-and-realtionships/racebased-attraction-20120326-1vta1.htmlBenjamin Law
@TenutoTuo It’s always the way though, it’s easier to blame it on the head of government than admit endemic racism in Australian culture.Tim Roylett
Interesting how infrequently ‘edgy’ comedians take on major "politically correct" elephants in the room. E.g., "Australia is not racist."Alexis
#MalcolmFraser on refugees: ‘The majority of Australians are [not] racist but the gov. has behaved as though we are’ http://media.theage.com.au/news/national-times/interview-with-malcolm-fraser-3158514.html?rand=1332712802828Martin Nguyen
Are you a victim of microaggression?Ja’mie King: "Wife beaters and rapists are nearly all public school educated. Sorry, no offence." Maybe it’s the dim lighting, or maybe i…
"I’m Greek. Can I turn up to the white nationalist Hammered music festival in Brisbane next month?" http://www.vice.com/read/peace-be-upon-you-with-john-safran @VICE @JohnSafranAll Together Now
22% Expats in Australia feel lonelyCultural differences in Australia are very much in vogue at the moment with a number of Indian expats suggesting that racism had begun to…
Hey peeps today is Close the Gap day – that’s what we desperately need – the gap to close!Liz
Having a shopkeep say "Oh hi again" in a store you’ve never been to and wondering if that’s racist.Michelle Law
what could be more important than making sure that the document at the highest level of our legal system does not discriminate against raceMason Peter
#qanda The slenderness of our own claim to Australia is the source of our racism. Genius.Jane Caro
"Racism is a denial of human relationship": Race Discrimination Commissioner @HelenSzoke over at @rightnowinc http://bit.ly/wOFfi0Castan Centre
my BFF’s lack of tact toward her thought process never ceases to amaze me e.g "I don’t mean to be racist, but…" #vocalunawarenessjem
Aus bricklayer employment ad says “No Irish” need apply > on Gumtree http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Australian-bricklayer-employment-ad-says-No-Irish-need-apply–142442405.htmlAll Together Now
Had a great taped interview with @alltognow #giveracismthefinger Are you following these guys? You should!KRISTY BEST
There’s a difference between shutting down discussions on racism w/ argumentative individuals & shutting down all discussion on racismRan-Dee
I feel like I gotta tip toe around shit when talkin about racism in this country. That can’t be right.james blah
What does the term ‘Aussie’ constitute? Can one of ethnic descent ever call themselves ‘Aussie’ without being questioned? I hope so one day.Mabel Kwong
Racism – I hate the word : it glorifies and overshadows behavior that is better attributed to Jealousy, Immaturity, Arrogance, Ignorance…Ken Sekiya
@leesawatego Ditto! My policy: racism = unfriend, diff. opinions = stay friends. I use it to challenge myself to see/respect diff. opinions.Tiffany Williams
I’ve started doing instant unfollows of people who make sexist/racist/homophobic comments. Also, whingers. Curating my space FTW.lisa dempster
People who behave in a racist manner are in the minority. Let’s keep it that way – please support All Together Now to promote the prevention of racism in Australia.

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