21st September 2011
Soft racism against Indians in Australia, re-confirmed
Kevin Dunn a professor of geography and urban studies in the University of Western Sydney has re-confirmed the prevalence of soft racism in Australia. Basically people of Indian ,,, background were an average of 18 per cent more likely to experience discrimination and racial intolerance than other Australians.
There is NO evidence, however, to suggest that soft racism translates into violence (hard racism).
Yes, many (not all!) Australians DO discriminate on the basis of skin colour, but assault is a different matter altogether. (It would be good to apply the methodology WITHIN India. I suspect the level of soft racism within India will be found to be MUCH HIGHER.)
- 40.8 per cent of Indian and Sri Lankan-born Australians said they had experienced racism in the workplace, compared with 12.8 per cent of Australian-born respondents and 29.7 per cent of overseas-born respondents.
- 42.6 per cent of such respondents had experienced racism at a shop or restaurant, compared with 15.5 per cent Australian-born and 22.4 per cent of overseas-born.
- 38.5 per cent had experienced racism at a sporting or public event, compared with 13.8 per cent of Australian-born and 23.1 per cent of overseas-born.
- 28.4 per cent said they had experienced racism in education, compared with 14.5 per cent Australian-born and 21 per cent of overseas-born.
- And 43.2 per cent said they had experienced discrimination in the form of name-calling and similar insults, and 41.9 per cent said they had been treated less respectfully because of their ethnic origin.