Racism hurts and it’s never okay. It has deep social, psychological and economic impacts - everyday!
The Sunshine Coast community are being called to stand together to Shine a Light on Racism and take personal responsibility to #DoTheWork to become anti-racist.
#DoTheWork today in three easy steps
- Pledge to Shine a Light on Racism and #DoTheWork
- Educate yourself and commit to understanding how to combat racism and support others
- Engage with campaign patrons and download resources
What is racism?
The Australian Human Rights Commission explains racism, with the following:
"Racism is the process by which systems and policies, actions and attitudes create inequitable opportunities and outcomes for people based on race. Racism is more than just prejudice in thought or action. It occurs when this prejudice – whether individual or institutional – is accompanied by the power to discriminate against, oppress or limit the rights of others".
What does it mean to be anti-racist?
Anti-racist commit to #DoTheWork to reduce racism in our communities and within ourselves.
Being ‘not racist’ is not doing anything. Being ‘anti-racist’ is doing the work and becoming an ally to someone who faces racism. Challenging our own biases and privilege and educating ourselves to become actively anti-racist.
How do I become an ally?
Amnesty International offer free guides on how to become an ally, and how to raise an anti-racism ally.
Australian Human Rights Commission also provide resources and tools to help you become a good ally.
Resources and tools to help you #DotheWork
There are many toolkits, fact sheets and other resources available to help individuals, schools and business understand and fight racism.
- Racism. It Stops with Me - resources for individuals, businesses, and schools to learn about racism and how to address it.
- Altogether Now - learn about the impacts of racism and ways we can effectively challenge racism. Try the Everyday racism app where over the course of one week, you’ll receive texts, images and videos that will challenge you and your assumptions.
- Challenging Racism Project - view educational videos on how to respond to racism safely and effectively.
- Reach Out - information about how to look after someone experiencing racism.
- RU OK Organisation - resources, strategies, and educational tools on how to check in with others going through a difficult time.
- Racism No Way - anti-racism education and resources to assist teachers to integrate intercultural understanding across the curriculum.
- Australian Human Rights Commission - information about race discrimination, publications and guides, including National Anti-Racism Framework and the Workplace Cultural Diversity Tool.
- Amnesty International Australia - guides to becoming anti-racism and current social justice campaigns.
- United Nations FIGHT Racism - take the tests to check your assumptions and confront your biases and stereotypes.
- SBS Cultural Atlas - providing comprehensive information on the cultural background of Australia’s migrant populations.
Search ‘racism’ on the following free streaming services and view documentaries, movies and programs to help you learn more.
Experienced or witnessed a racist incident
You can contact Queensland Human Rights Commission by filling out an online form, this can be done anonymously.