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‘To the Syrian Refugee — I Say Sorry:’ Bullying Video Revolts World

On a school field in northern England last month, a group of boys closed in fast upon their target. “Hey, Jamal, come here!” the boy in the blue jumper yelled, as others strode beside him, one of them holding a phone aloft to record the pursuit. A young refugee, known as Jamal, was grabbed by [...]

By |2018-12-03T14:40:53+10:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

America Soured on My Multiracial Family

There are three fundamental, complicating truths about adoption. First, every single adoption begins with profound loss. Through death, abandonment, or even loving surrender, a child suffers the loss of his or her mother and father. Second, the demographics of those in need of loving homes do not precisely match the demographics of those seeking a [...]

By |2018-09-03T12:10:23+10:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Talk to Kids About Racism

Have you talked to your kids about race and racism? Maybe you think they’re still too young or that a specific conversation isn’t really necessary? They’re never too young, and an ongoing dialogue about race and racism is a really good idea, says Rachel Berman, graduate program director of the School of Early Childhood Studies [...]

By |2017-08-28T14:58:22+10:00August 28th, 2017|Categories: Bullying, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: |0 Comments

How Do You Talk To Kids About Racism?

Google Images Issues related to racism and racial discrimination feature in our news and social media feeds with alarming regularity. This year more and more stories have emerged around “black face”, hotly contested debates about cartoons, free speech and who gets to decide who and what is and isn’t racist. Once again, Section [...]

How The Stress Of Racism Affects Learning

Flickr Images For 15-year-old Zion Agostini, the start of each school day is a new occasion to navigate a minefield of racial profiling. From an early age, walking home from elementary school with his older brother, Agostini took note of the differential treatment police gave to black people in his community: “I [saw] [...]

Beware Your Biased Brains

Flickr Images Our brain can move very fast, and that can be a real problem. The tendency to make split-second assessments of people can lead to disastrous outcomes. A growing body of research is showing that what we see when we see a face is so strongly shaped by stereotypes, beliefs, and attitudes [...]

Australia Broadly Tolerant, But Pockets Of Intense Prejudice Remain

Flickr Images "Social cohesion is not a destination,” says Andrew Markus. “We don’t get to the destination and say we’ve done it. It’s something we need to work at.” Markus is a Monash University professor who oversees the Scanlon reports, a now regular and widespread exercise to measure social cohesion in Australia. Its [...]

What Does Diversity Do To Kids’ Brains?

Pixabay Images There’s some intriguing new brain science going on that might tell us interesting things about racial prejudice. As it’s gotten less and less acceptable for people to express explicitly racist beliefs and opinions, many researchers have turned their attention to so-called implicit bias, or the subtle, often unconscious ways people respond to people [...]

Sonia Kruger’s Migration Comments Highlight ‘Uncomfortable’ Reality For Australian Muslims

Flikr Images Public debate on Islam has been "on for young and old" since Attorney-General George Brandis' asserted that people have "a right to be a bigots", and "bigoted" views are expressed repeatedly. "My view is that we're going to see more of this. We're going to see this particular theme opening up again and again and again," Dr Jakubowicz said. "In a [...]

The Reality Of Racism In Australia

Flikr Images Shannon Murdoch scored 100 per cent on her Australian citizenship. Ask her anything. Flags. Constitutions. Even what the governor-general does. She'll know the answer. In a few weeks, she will be all set to sing Advance Australia Fair. But a few weeks back, she boarded a plane in Melbourne ready to fly [...]