What is racism?

Racism is essentially a pretentious way of saying that ‘I’ belong. For such a conviction, it is the most gratifying formula that has ever been discovered, for neither my own unworthiness not the accusations of others can ever dislodge me from any position. Ruth Benedict

Racism is a combination of attitudes, beliefs and behaviours, including:

  • believing your race is superior to another race;
  • offensive or aggressive behaviour towards somebody because of their race;
  • believing some groups do not fit in Australia;
  • actively avoiding or excluding people from a specific cultural background because you believe they don’t belong; or
  • believing everyone should behave according to certain values which are called ‘national’ but are not.
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