Racism in Australia

blackwhite.jpgAre we really all equal or are some races superior to others?Is racism alive and well in Australia?

What does our willingness to apologise to Australia’s indigenous community say about our views on race? Are our Aboriginal people still suffering the effects of racism in our communities?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Today’s topic was racism and in particular whether or not our Federal Government should apologise to the Stolen Generation.

We also looked at some of the subtle ways that we can demonstrate racist attitudes. Do we make jokes that stereotype a particular group of people? Do we make blanket statements about the driving habits of a particular race? Do we feel more threatened by some people simply because their skin is a different colour to ours?

What are some of the subtle or not so subtle ways you see racism in your community? Is racism something that can ever be completely eradicated?

Click on the audio player in this post to hear what Ross had to say and please leave your comments by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this post.

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About the author

Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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