This year we decided against joining businesses across Australia hosting morning teas and promoting inclusion through beautifully made Canva posters (like we normally would). Instead, we’re focusing on what we can do to address the real reason for the day, being an International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
A good start is providing training so we can learn more about racism, how it presents in Australia and how we can act to call it out when we see it, whether it’s in professional or personal aspects of our lives. Having never had issues within our organisation, it’s easy to say we don’t need to but if every business, school or government agency claims they don’t have issues when we know 1 in 5 Australians have experienced racism in the last 12 months, perhaps we are not doing enough to recognise it. It has been said that Australia has a culture of denial when it comes to racism. Is it likely that a significant proportion of decision makers “having never experienced racism, know only the fear of being accused of racism, and some see the accusation as the greater threat”? Source
It’s clear we all need to do far more, and it’s surprisingly difficult to find educational materials for adults specific to Australia. The government has some resources on their It.Stops.With.Me Campaign website however, interestingly the business resources focus on social media campaign posters, with only links to external rabbit warrens if looking for learning content. The handful of TED Talks listed are certainly worth the watch, but the only real educational materials are designed for school aged children, years 6-10.
So, we’re collecting and creating our own content, starting with the following learning objectives for internal training:
- Understanding racism
- Understanding white privilege
- Combating institutional racism
- Identifying and addressing unconscious bias
- Consequences of having a single story of a culture
- Key Statistics
- Tools for combating everyday racism
- Understanding the challenges unique to First Nations Australians
For now, the best resources we have found as a base are below. Sharing in case you find them a good spring board for building your own personal or business learning pathway, as we move with intention towards ending racism.