Casual Racism

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You Can Tell Me I Look Like Beyoncé

It's an easy mistake to make, confusing people who look similar. And while the intention is usually not openly racist, it is very often lazy. It implies that you didn't care enough to take the time to really look at someone as an individual. And that is a very real problem for people of colour all over the world.

The Cultural Assumptions Behind Casual Racism

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.

I'm Not Racist, But...

The fact of the matter is, if someone is offended by your racist "joke" it makes no difference whether you intended it to be hurtful or not. "I didn't mean it in a racist way" or "I didn't mean to upset you" doesn't excuse ignorance.