Is racism a problem in Australia?
Opinion 1: Australia is very racist. I am Asian and have cousins living in Brisbane. They say white aussies are anti-Asian. Some will openly declare their racist bones. The travel book "Lonely Planet" warns tourists of Queensland's widespread discrimination against non-white visitors. Some of my Asian friends living in Sydney also agree that they feel racial discrimination against them. Oh, and please come up with better than "No, Australia is not racist because we have all sorts of people coming to Australia as migrants and refugees", and "Oh, what about (another country)? Australia is no more racist than ...". They are as lame an excuse as they come. Just my two cents.
Opinion 2: Not really. Australia is a very multi-cultural country as many people have come to Australia as immigrants or refugees. Condemning Australia and all it's people is where you and your friends went wrong. Aussies love their country and get along with anyone that comes from overseas, however, if you do not share their love for their country then they want you out.
Opinion 3: Some Australians have racist tendencies. There
are people in all cultures all around the world - not just
Australia - who judge others in this way. Australia, like all
countries, has some people with varying degrees of racism. Also,
some actions which may be perceived as racism by others overseas
are not necessarily intended to cause offence, but they may well be
silly and insensitive. Some Australians may have a completely
misguided sense of humor. This is also the case in many other
countries and ultures across the globe. The fact that "racist
activities" gain so much attention is, in fact, an indication that
the great majority of Australians frown upon discrimination. If
they did not, then racist activities would not be considered
newsworthy. The other difference for Australia is that it is the
second youngest country in the world, and thus did not experience
the shame of slavery that dogged countries such as England and the
USA. However, whilst "slavery" has never existed in Australia the
way it did overseas, old English values of subservience being
expected of the Aborigines, and the belief that they were not an
intelligent people, certainly pervaded society up until around the
same time that African-Americans were being awarded their natural
rights as citizens of their country. In effect, it took Australia
less time - relatively speaking - to learn from its racism mistakes
than it took other English-speaking countries. But you will still
find old racist values still abound among some members of the older
generation, and sometimes these values are still passed on to
younger members - just as they still are overseas.