A survey by Professor Dunn and his team from the University of Western Sydney, has revealed that 40% of Australians believe that some ethnic groups do not belong in the country. The survey was carried out for the Anti-Racism Research Project and showed NSW leading the charge as the country’s most racist state (46%). Add in the pollster-embarassment factor (most racists do not like to openly admit as much), and the actual figure is probably much higher.
People were asked which cultural/ethnic groups do not fit into Australian society.
“The most often-mentioned groups were Muslims or people from the Middle East”, said Dunn.
“It’s too high isn’t it, we’ve got to bring that down.”
The good Prof is right. It is too high and does not bode well for harmonious community relations. But before exploding into a fit of self-righteous rage, he might pause momentarily to consider why a religious group was singled out in a report on racism. He might also want to reflect on why certain groups are singled out (e.g. Middle Eastern) and not others, of whom there are many more (e.g. Chinese). Most racists just hate people who look and sound different to them. They are simple folk and they don’t generally discriminate.
Quite possibly Australia is just the most viciously racist country on the planet. Or this may be a cultural issue.