Racism towards Indigenous Australians: reporting the good with the bad

Given the well-documented association between racism and Indigenous Australians’ health and well-being, it is important to raise awareness about racism and introduce strategies to eliminate it, where it exists.

But is it too commonly assumed that racism is a major contributor to problems of Indigenous Australia when it is not? Consider the current controversy surrounding the proposals to cease funding some remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, with some commentators suggesting the proposals are linked to racism.

Reporting on a survey initiated last year by the non-profit mental health organisation Beyond Blue, the Sydney Morning Herald stated that 20% of non-Indigenous Australians aged 25-44 still think “it’s OK to discriminate” against Indigenous Australians.

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