Asian Australians Combatting Racism

A huge number of individuals go experience racism from others due to their color and origins. Some people are quick to give negative remarks judging others just because of their race. Unfortunately, Australia is not free from the very said issue with a number of racism casing being reported regularly. Let us explore the racist issues in Australia and how others were able to combat them effectively.

Racism is a prevalent case in Australia most notably with the Muslim and black community. Anti-Muslim prejudice has led to Muslim kids being subject to police raids and locked up for thought crimes that in most cases are no more than the expression of entirely justified outrage at the policies of the government. Furthermore, Muslim refugees are detained indefinitely in concentration camps because they might be terrorists.

It is also quite apparent that also racism pervades Australia’s top jobs according to Race Discrimination Commissioner. In a working group with the likes of the Australia Human Rights Commission, PwC, Westpac and the University of Sydney, Dr Soutphommasane commenced research into cultural diversity in Australian leadership. The findings reveal that among top leadership roles in Australian politics, business and tertiary education, Anglo-Celtic and Australians with European ancestry are over-represented.

Even peaceful protestors aren’t spared from prejudice. Recent news showed an anti-racism campaigner was pepper-sprayed by police during a one-man protest in Melbourne’s CBD. Mr Katagar said he was protesting peacefully – in his usual spot between the tram tracks outside the Young and Jackson pub – when he was asked to move by a group of police officers he had not seen before. Mr Katagar launched his campaign against racism last year after being told by a doctor he wouldn’t understand the medical system because he was from Africa and couldn’t understand English.

It is good to hear however that even with the prevalent racism cases, support coming from the online community has been increasing. A good example of this is the outpouring of social media support which has buoyed a Cairns cafe worker’s spirits after a customer refused to be served by her because of the colour of her skin.

During a busy period in the Cairns cafe where Ms Ajak works as a shift supervisor she took over the cash register, trying to get a growing queue on the move.’

“This elderly woman approached the counter in a wheelchair and I greeted her as I would anyone else,” Ms Ajak said.

“She just looked at me and said ‘I refuse to be served by a black person, can you get me a white lady?’.”

The incident was documented in a Facebook post by her friend Jade Arevalo, which has received more than 700 shares, 16,000 likes and hundreds of comments of disgust. The post encouraged others to show support for Ms Ajak which has resulted in a huge wave of new customers to the store, who specifically ask for her assistance.

It is good to hear that with the help of modern technology, more and more individuals have raised awareness with the ongoing racism issue many are facing. The online community is keen on sharing such news receiving the fair share of the spotlight in just a short amount of time. Ms Ajak’s case is one of the many positive cases where racism was conquered. We hope to see more continuing support with the online community in the future as well.