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Where does racism happen?

Racism can happen just about anywhere.

It is most frequently experienced in public places such as a person’s neighbourhood, at the shops, or in the workplace. It is also commonly experienced on public transport, at sporting events or in schools[1].

Expressions of racism can also be found in media. This happens when, for example, racial groups are represented in an unfair or negative light in news reports commentary, or in entertainment programs. Many people regard the lack of cultural diversity in media organisations and on television, radio and in film as another form of racism.

In recent years, racism has become a particular problem online. This includes offensive comments on social media, and inflammatory memes or hateful videos shared online. Cyber-racism has contributed to the growth of racist attitudes[2], and people spreading racist messages often do so on the internet with the benefit of anonymity.

[1] Kathleen Blair et al, Challenging Racism Project 2015-16 National Survey Report (2017) p10.
[2]Online Hate Prevention Institute. Hate and Violent Extremism from an Online Subculture (2019) pii.

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