Community Service Announcements to target racism

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane is bringing the anti-racism message to a screen near you.

On 5 October, the Commissioner launched two Community Service Announcements (CSAs) for broadcast on national TV and for streaming to desktop computers and hand-held devices around the country.

The CSAs depict casual racism in the workplace and the provision of goods and services.

“Racism frequently occurs at work and while people are doing everyday things such as catching a bus, riding a train, or flagging a taxi,” Dr Soutphommasane said.

“This might come as a surprise to Australians who tend to think that racism is a thing of the past. But independent research and the experiences of many people tells us otherwise.

“The Scanlon Foundation’s Australians Today survey, for example, found 54% of respondents with an African background and 59% of Indigenous respondents experienced racial discrimination in the previous 12 months.

“At the Commission, 54% of Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) complaints received in 2015-16 were made by Indigenous Australians and a large number of complaints related to employment.

“These everyday and often casual expressions of racism are unacceptable,” Commissioner Soutphommasane said.

“We have developed these Community Service Announcements because we want to raise awareness of everyday racism and its impact.

“We’d like to get people thinking about what they can do to help put a stop to racism.

“We hope these CSAs help create a culture where people are able to identify racism and have the confidence to respond appropriately and safely” Commissioner Soutphommasane said.

For more information visit the Racism. It Stops With Me website: https://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au

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