Racism in Australia

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College of Arts

School of Humanities and Languages

Student name:| Tommy Nguyen|
Student number:| 17257451|
Unit name and number:| Contemporary Society|
Tutorial group:| The cool one|
Tutorial day and time:| Thursday 3:00 – 4:300|
Lecturer/Tutor:| Karin Mackey|
Title of assignment:| Essay|
Length:| 1700 Words|
Date due:| Week 10|
Date submitted:| 05/05/2010|
Campus enrolment:| Parramatta|

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Note: An examiner or lecturer/tutor has the right to not mark this assignment if the above declaration has not been signed Do you think racism persists in Australia?

While racism seems to persist, it is driven into a darker light by the politicians and the media. It seems that our perceptions and views of foreigners have been manipulated and exaggerated by politicians, in turn the media. We can see the following evidence proves that a vital ingredient is needed to a true melting pot, an important step to achieve a true multicultural society, a great leader. The idea is to start with the top and work our way down. We see the political reactions and views reflect onto us as we start to interpret their views onto the foreign invaders, examining their intents and motives to their arrival in Australia. These are views and interpretations are caused from myths and stereotypes that have been drawn out by the politicians and media alike. It has progressed to a level where it may be explained by a theory based upon xenophobia, as discussed in ‘A crack in the wall of Xenophobia’ (National Times). Racism has riddled through our country from the start of the first European contact with the indigenous. Racism may be defined as the intolerance or to the extent of hatred of another culture or race and may take many forms of action, ranging from inadequate or abusive language to genocide. However we are able to see that racism is driven and empowered by stereotypical views and myths. These myths categorise the differences of other cultures into simple ideas of foreigners. We may see for example that a person from an Asian decent would be viewed or judged as someone that is someone of an academic background in mathematics, this is called a stereotype. However over time these stereotypical views go on to transform the person’s views as a reality. These myths are the fuel to the prejudice still continuing today, a person’s image and behavior towards a foreigner now has become so engraved that they are automatically placed in certain light even before meeting them personally and are not subject to a rational argument. These myths are left to be unexposed by the politicians and the media who do not wish to outcast these ideas as they remain are viable source of attention they may gather when ratings or popularity are at an all time low. Religious and cultural intolerance maybe be viewed as a benefactor in this situation but in contrast of this the article ‘A crack in the wall of Xenophobia’ believes xenophobia is the cause of racism, a fear of outsiders, people who aren’t of our background. This idea stemmed from an experiment performed on our counterpart species, the friendly chimps. They observed the behavior s of these chimps and found that their emotions...
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