A new study finds racism is far more prevalent in Australia than previously thought
Posted June 02, 2018 07:24:24A study by a group of researchers from the University of New South Wales has revealed racism is much more widespread than previously realised.
Key points:A new study shows that one in five Australian households is racist, and it is linked to more than 30 different forms of discriminationThe researchers say this includes racism and prejudice towards Indigenous Australians, Muslims and LGBTIQ peopleThe study found racism was more prevalent than previously believedThe study, titled ‘Racism and prejudice in Australian households’, examined more than 250,000 households in New South’s regional capital Melbourne.
The researchers found that racism is a very common form of discrimination, with one in four Australians saying they had experienced racism.
It was also linked to the following forms of bias:For instance, one in six Australians experienced racism in a household, but the study found the same levels of racism were found in families where both parents were white and one parent was a member of a non-white ethnic group.
“Racially discriminatory attitudes are also more prevalent among Indigenous Australians and the highest rates of racism and discrimination occur in the Northern Territory,” the researchers said in a statement.
The study also found that people of different races and ethnicities experienced discrimination in Australia at comparable rates.
It said racism was also more common in communities of colour.
The research was conducted by the Australian National University’s School of Social Work, and was published in the Australian Journal of Social Psychology.
Researchers said racism is one of the most prevalent forms of prejudice in Australia.
“In our survey, racism was associated with more than two thirds of the discrimination experienced by the households surveyed, and the higher the proportion of non-White in the household, the greater the racism,” they said.
“This suggests that the frequency of racism in the households of racial minorities is not limited to households of non White origin, but also extends to non-Whites and non-Indigenous Australians.”
Furthermore, it is likely that the more diverse the household is, the higher its racism rates are likely to be.
“The research found racism in Australian households is often linked to a number of different forms, from discrimination towards Indigenous people, to prejudice towards Muslims, and discrimination towards LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people.”
One of the key findings of this study was that racism was the most pervasive form of prejudice experienced in Australian homes, and also the most frequently reported form of racism,” the report said.
Researchers from the School of Psychology said the findings could lead to policies and programs to improve attitudes towards racism.”
While it is not possible to say with certainty which types of racism are more prevalent, the prevalence of racism is high and it can affect people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds,” the study said.
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