Who is Racist?

At some point in our lives, all of us will have thoughts or feelings that are racist. This is because of how pervasive racism is in all societies around the world. Racial discrimination is when these thoughts become actions.

It is important that we educate people about what racism is, the impact it has on people, and how to prevent it. Because we are all implicated in racism, it is better to talk about people engaging in racism than to label someone as a racist.

Australian residents fit into three broad categories:

  • 50% of people are positive about cultural diversity;
  • 40% of people are uncomfortable with or worried about cultural diversity.
  • 10% of people have racist tendencies.

Very generally, people who are positive about cultural diversity tend to be younger (under 45), whereas people who are uncomfortable about cultural diversity tend to be older (over 45).