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I've spent my whole life subjected to assumptions and biases based on the colour of my skin. My working life has been no exception -- from the ubiquitous 'Are you in IT?' to 'Where do you keep your cold and flu tablets?'
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Public discourse on racism should require a level playing field, but in some cases those with lived experience of racism aren't even allowed on the field.
A mature national conversation about racism in Australia is predicated on the successful negotiation of an alternative middle narrative. In order to do this, we as a nation must confront some discomfiting truths.
It would be both naïve and problematic to think that we, as Australians, are 'colour-blind' or somehow 'post-racial.' We aren't. But affording those without a mainstream voice an opportunity to speak about their experiences of racism in Australia, without the issue being co-opted, denied or dismissed, is as good a place as any to start a real conversation about the impacts of racism in Australia.
It's easy -- don't be racist at work, intentionally or otherwise. Workplaces need to shut down racism and stop placing the onus on the victim to resolve it.