Racism

No Asians, no black people. Why do gay people tolerate blatant racism?

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Most LGBT ethnic minorities say they’ve faced discrimination, and bigotry on dating sites is a throwback to the 50s. The LGBT community must address this. The Guardian Owen Jones Racism is a serious problem within the LGBT community and needs to be addressed. Despite the determination of many minority ethnic LGBT people to do just that, it is not happening. “How can I be a bigot when I am myself a… No Asians, no black people. Why do… Read More »

Hanson decries reverse racism in Australia

Pauline Hanson's One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson arrives at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Pauline Hanson has been labelled a "one-trick pony" as federal MPs react to the One Nation leader's explosive first speech to the Senate in which she warned Australia is being swamped by Muslims. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Pauline Hanson says Australians are fed up with reverse racism and being tolerant of immigrants with no intention of assimilating. SBS Pauline Hanson insists Australia has a reverse racism problem, telling defenders of race-hate laws to look at the way women who choose to wear mini skirts are being treated by Muslims. The One Nation leader says Australians are fed up with… Hanson decries reverse racism in… Read More »

Racial Discrimination Act debate a ‘creep back to bigotry’, says Pat Dodson

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Indigenous senator says ‘racism isn’t growing wild in the fields, it’s being tended in flower boxes in flats and houses’ The Guardian Katharine Murphy Labor senator Pat Dodson says the debate about watering down the Racial Discrimination Act is a “creep back to bigotry and racism” and has used a speech to the Senate to underscore the power of words. Dodson, a prominent Indigenous leader before his entry to federal politics, told… Racial Discrimination Act debate a… Read More »

Freedom of speech? More like freedom to be a racist

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To no one’s great surprise, I guess, the government has finally caved in to pressure and announced an inquiry into “freedom of speech”. The Canberra Times Sarah Gill A better title might be the “freedom to be a racist” though, in view of the fact that the Racial Discrimination Act is the sole focus of the inquiry. Announced by Attorney-General George Brandis on November 8, the inquiry of the Parliamentary Joint Committee will consider whether the act imposes “unreasonable restrictions” on… ... Read More »

Dear Caroline Overington, the White Australia Policy is over, deal with it

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Sadly, ignorance of non-Anglo cultures is the name of the game in both mainstream media and politics in Australia. Crikey Irfan Yusuf I’ve been writing commentary and pious punditry since 2005. Before then, I was a helpless consumer of news. When caught in Sydney traffic driving to work in the morning in the… Dear Caroline Overington, the White Australia Policy is… Read More »

The far right tell us kindness is weakness. We can’t give in to that

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Urging people to be something as squishy as ‘kind’ may seem childish. But compassion is a revolutionary tool that can steer people away from bigotry Phil McDuff <link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”https://assets.guim.co.uk/stylesheets/42bee2c5049126b57d69de2339a324f8/content.css”/> I might be imagining it, but I think people have been behaving a little bit more kindly over the last few days: a few more shared smiles, a… The far right… Read More »

The Silver Lining When Bill Leak Wins His Racial Discrimination Case

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You win some, you lose some. And New Matilda editor Chris Graham thinks Aboriginal Australia is about to lose small, but ultimately win big. By Chris Graham  In case you’ve been living under a rock, cartoonist for The Australian newspaper, Bill Leak is being taken to the… The Silver Lining… Read More »

When race and class collide, the biggest challenge is using your voice

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For a new series from the Australia Indonesia Centre, four writers and thinkers – two Australian (Alice Pung and Susan Carland), two Indonesian (Leila Chudori, Eliza Vitri Handayani – were invited to reflect on key issues facing their societies • Read more about the Australia Indonesia Essay Series Alice Pung When you are seven months pregnant, your husband and… When race and class collide, the… Read More »

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

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A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »

The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me

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The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me Yassir Morsi I agree with the 49% of Australians who polled in favour to “stop Muslim immigration”? I agree. The “Muslim” threatens to destroy an innocent and… * The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me… Read More »

To fight racism, we need to craft a better ‘we’ and ditch the ‘us’ and ‘them’

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A sense of alienation is attracting people to populist leaders with simple solutions. But there are better solutions, ones that draw communities together Tim Hollo Pauline Hanson didn’t appear out of a vacuum. Like Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, she is a reaction to trends in our society, economy and politics. Their type… Source: To fight racism, we need to craft a better ‘we’ and ditch the ‘us’ and ‘them’ | Tim Hollo | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Typecast as a terrorist

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The Long Read: As my acting career developed, I was no longer cast as a radical Muslim – except at the airport by Riz Ahmed To begin with, auditions taught me to get through airports. In the end, it was the other way around. I’m an actor. Since I was a teenager I… Source: Typecast as a terrorist | Riz Ahmed | The Long Read | World news | The Guardian Read More »

S Africa: Black students protest ‘racist’ hair rules

Teachers at South African high school accused of racism for forcing black girls to follow a discriminatory hair code. By Anealla Safdar High school students in South Africa have protested against black girls being forced by teachers to arrange their hair differently, alleging that they are being made to follow strict style rules that are  racist and… Source: S Africa: Black students protest ‘racist’ hair rules – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots?

Despite previously saying we all have the right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis now says reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is no longer on the government’s agenda. However, there are several senators – some new, some returning – who beg to differ. David Leyonhjelm, Bob Day, Derryn Hinch and One… Source: Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots? Read More »

Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that

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Pauline Hanson’s racist vitriol is legitimised by commentators who urge us to listen to her. My new book When Michael Met Mina looks at other ways to dismantle racism.. The sheer weight of racist legacy and entrenched Islamophobic narratives was made clear to me all too often while researching Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia… Source: Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that | Randa Abdel-Fattah | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

‘You end up with Adam Goodes’: Indigenous public servants speak out against racism

The disturbing findings were revealed by a landmark Australian National University study based on interviews with 34 former and currently employed Indigenous public servants. Many said racism within the workforce contributed to their decision to quit the public service. “You can either make a joke of it or you can get really upset and you then get labelled angry and get moved on,” said one respondent… Source: ‘You end up with Adam Goodes’: Indigenous public servants speak out against racism Read More »