By Aaron.V, Abbey.B & Nathan.S

What Is Racism?

Racism consists of both prejudice and discrimination based in social perceptions of biological differences between people. It often takes the form of social actions, practices or beliefs, or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently.
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Where Does It Happen?

At School:Being bullied for how you look, what you eat or what you wear, being made to feel different from other students or when teachers don’t stand up to racism when it happens.

At Home: Family members criticising or making jokes about people from different racial backgrounds.

Online: Receiving harassing messages on Facebook, being on an email chain for offensive “jokes” or racist YouTube videos or comments.

In Public: Being abused, being called names, being spat at, having things thrown at you or when people act aggressively to you.

Playing Sport: Being abused by opponents or spectators or being left out of the group by the coach or other players in the team.

At Shopping Centres: Not being served or being served after everyone else, being followed around by security or being treated unfairly compared to others.

At Work: Being refused a job interview because of your name, being abused, teased or left out by workmates or not being considered for a promotion.

In Public: Being stopped or questioned by police or to show a train or tram ticket when others aren’t.

In The Media: When different racial groups are shown in an unfair or negative way in news reports, when media commentators make wild or inaccurate statements about people from a particular racial background or when people from different racial backgrounds don’t get included in TV shows.

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How Can We Stop It?

  • If you’re on the receiving end of racism you could say something like "please, have some respect for yourself and for others" or just say nothing and ignore it.
  • You could report racism and call 000 if your feeling threatened or unsafe.
  • You could seek help online by using social networking like Facebook or Twitter.
  • If your a bit younger and still in school you could get help from your teacher or go to the school counsellor.
  • You could talk to someone and get advice from friends or family.
  • If you see racism happening towards someone else you could back them up, go and sit or stand next to them and ask if theyre okay or you could just talk to them about them.
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