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Melbourne youth lead anti-racism campaign

Majak Daw and Jamie Macmillan from the North Melbourne Football Club have helped launch Be Brave, Speak Up, a youth-led campaign to encourage young people to take a stand against racism.

A small group of young people from the not-for-profit youth group, The Huddle, took the opportunity to create a campaign they felt strongly about. Racism was the subject they wanted to discuss. 

Stopping racism is everyone's responsibility

Racism can get ugly. Think of the incidents of racist abuse on public transport that frequently attract media coverage.

It's an unpleasant experience to witness racist vitriol or confrontation. It's even worse when you're on the receiving end of it. Those who have copped a racist spray or attack often say it makes them feel like a lesser being.

Not all racism takes such dramatic form. Sometimes it can be silent or subtle. But even relatively mundane acts of racism have an impact on those who experience them.

Cyber Racism

What is cyber-racism?

Racism can take many forms, such as jokes or comments that cause offence or hurt; name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, or public commentary that inflames hostility towards certain groups.
When racism takes place online it is known as cyber-racism. Cyber-racism can include words and images and may be communicated via websites, blogs and social networking sites, videos or email.

2010 Media Release: African Australians: Experiences of discrimination

Race Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, said today that equal opportunity and social inclusion are difficult for a great many African Australians in this country because they experience widespread direct and indirect racism as part of their daily lives.

2011 Media Release: Racism against people of African descent must be tackled

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke will be the keynote speaker at a national conference in Sydney to celebrate the International Year for People of African Descent.