One in five people living in Australia have experienced racist abuse
· During the past year, 1 in 5 people living in Australia was a target of racial discrimination (around 4.6 million people). This is an increase from 1 in 8 the previous year (Source).
· 2 in 5 people living in Australia has been a target of verbal racial abuse (Source). Being treated less respectfully is the most common form of racism (Source).
· Nearly half of all Australian residents from a culturally and linguistically diverse background have experienced racism at some time in their life (Source).
· 7 in 10 teenagers have experienced racism (Source).
· 3 in 4 Indigenous Australians regularly experience racism (Source).
Denial of racism in Australia
Australia has a culture of denial when it comes to racism. We’ve created an infographic to explain this simply. It is based on the findings in the report Denial of racism and its implication for location action by Jacqueline Nelson, University of Western Sydney, 2013.
Denial of racism in Australia perpetuates racist behaviour (Source). Speaking up reduces racism by helping perpetrators understand that their views are in the minority (Source), making them less likely to engage in prejudice and stereotyping behaviour (Source).
Half of us are positive about cultural diversity
· While five in ten of us are positive about cultural diversity, four in ten are ambivalent about cultural diversity. One in ten have racist attitudes (Source).
· One in seven people living in Australia are against the concept of multiculturalism (Source).
· Three in ten people do not believe that immigrants make Australia stronger (Source), and one in three believe there are some cultural groups that do not belong in Australia (Source: VicHealth 2007).