Is racism a problem in Australia?

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March 12, 2018 10:17PM

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.