Race discrimination commissioner says suggestion racism exists in Australia often taken as insult, preventing proper debate

Tim Soutphommasane says Australia needs to acknowledge forms of racism that appear “with the face of respectability” and not dismiss racist acts done with good intentions if it is to have a racially equitable society.

Speaking at a Deakin University conference on institutional racism in Melbourne on Wednesday, the race discrimination commissioner said that many Australians took the suggestion that racism exists in Australian society as “a grave insult” and said that reaction prevented a proper national conversation around race and equality.

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