Racist attitudes a cancer on the nation’s soul
Chris Sarra; 6/2/10
Australian multiculturalism exists alongside hypocrisy about our diversity. We do not have the luxury of pretending that everything is OK with our society, when a comedy sketch on Australian TV can ignite overseas branding of Australians as racist and when Indian students are being attacked. It gives us cause to ask ourselves honestly what it means to be Australian. The perception that racism is a problem in Australia exists, whether we accept it or not. If the perception matches the reality, then there is a problem we must deal with. If it does not match the reality, then we still have a problem to deal with. The issue needs to be explored in open and honest dialogue. We are a great society, yet we are not a perfect society. If we are honest with ourselves, we would acknowledge we are affected by racism. Let’s not over-read this problem but racism is a cancer with the very real potential to erode the soul of our nation.