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Where does racism happen?

Tuesday 16 December, 2014

Student writing at desk

Our survey of 2380 young people aged 13-17 found that 89% had either experienced or witnessed racism. Racism most commonly happened at school (43%) or online (33%).  
Racism can happen just about anywhere. Research indicates that racism happens most frequently in the neighbourhood, shops, and in the workplace. It also happens on public transport, at sporting events or at schools.

Racism is sometimes expressed in the media. This happens when news reports or media commentary represent some racial groups in an unfair or negative light. Many regard the lack of cultural diversity represented in media as another form of racism.

Racism is a particular problem online. Whether it is offensive comments on social media, inflammatory memes or hateful videos shared online, cyber-racism has had a significant impact on the growth of racist attitudes. Those spreading racist messages can often do so with the benefit of anonymity.

For more information, visit the Racism. It Stops With Me website.