Why are people racist?
People aren’t born with racist ideas or opinions. Racism is learned.
Racist attitudes are sometimes related to fear and anxiety. Some people worry that other groups pose a threat, whether to community safety or national identity.
Racism can also relate to people feeling like they need to belong or identify with their own group. People sometimes express racism as a way of differentiating or excluding others.
Ignorance can also play a part in feeding people’s attitudes about race. Often, as people learn more about other racial or cultural groups, their ideas begin to change.
Racism isn’t always malicious. Sometimes the harm of racism can be done innocently, because a person does not realise the impact their words or actions may have.
There are still a small minority of people who believe that some races are superior to others. Most people in Australia today accept the diversity of our society, but some believe racial groups should not mix. A belief in racial superiority or purity can lead to racial hatred.