Multiculturalism in Australia indeed a fascinating thought. It could easily be mistaken that multiculturalism flourishes harmoniously in the world’s most culturally diverse country. I must say that racism is more than just a black and white issue. The pitfalls of attempting to seek a definitive outline of racism brings this issue into an unnecessary frame that risks oversight or the excesses of pedantic linguistic squabbles. Racism or rather the lack of affirming cultural diversity takes place with many in both the spoken word, subtle actions and even the lack of words, actions and commitments. Twenty first century Australia marks about thirty years since our country officially became multicultural or then it was proclaimed. However even in the post millennial decades, Australians all face great challenges in the continual affirmation of cultural diversity. Rampant attitudes of the white Australia policy along with a socio-cultural hierarchy continues to flourish in what is supposed to be a multicultural country. It strikes a saddening tone that the discrimination of persons with the use of the “I’m Australian” excuse in such context continues to be permissible. This details in fact how “un-Australian” he or she really is. The lack of affirmation of cultural diversity with the onset of racism takes place even within persons of the same cultural group when different levels of reception and attentive attitude is afforded to white people. Racism takes places towards people of different cultural backgrounds as well as persons within own cultural groups for the purposes of appeasing people of other cultural groups. Victims of racism need not be silent, as inaction against racist attitudes and behaviours in the long run gives rise once again to the hierarchy of racial discrimination. The term “all Australians” in the context of racial culture should be abolished, as we ought to strive to truly implement a unified multicultural nation where Australian means “all”. Whether it be taking a stand and marching against racism or being seated at an Australian citizenship ceremony, there is progress to be achieved in the affirmation of cultural diversity, the death of the racial superiority hierarchy and the triumph of multiculturalism over the old ways of the past, Australia not only can and needs to lead the way.
Recommended TV: Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta, Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl
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