With news of racist commentary and attacks on our fellow Australians as a result of COVID-19, all of us can make a choice about how Coronavirus defines us.
When family homes become targets for racist graffiti and children feel afraid to sleep at night, how can any of us stand by? We can do better than that. We must do better.
The standard we walk past is the standard we accept. Whether the people committing acts of racism are motivated by fear or malice, they do not speak for us.
Let us show them that. Let us take action. The resources compiled below can help individuals, communities and businesses develop a shared understanding that better enables us to recognise and respond to racism.
Tools and information for identifying racist behaviour
Unite Against Racism Call to Action Toolkit. Developed in 2020 by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs (Queensland). This toolkit contains key messages, links and hashtags as well as ready-made assets for use in print, digital and social media channels to encourage ‘a call to action’ to all Queenslanders to stand together and reinforce Queensland as a diverse, harmonious and inclusive place to live.
Race Discrimination Fact Sheet, from the Queensland Human Rights Commission
Vilification Fact Sheet, from the Queensland Human Rights Commission
What is Racism? Video and and other Frequently Asked Questions from the Australian Human Rights Commission
Bystander intervention: tips for what to do if you witness discrimination, hate speech or vilification
Bystander Intervention Fact Sheet, from the Queensland Human Rights Commission
Bystander Action Video, via the Australian Human Rights Commission 'Racism. It Stops With Me' project
Read this Canadian case study from the Anglican Church of how racism during COVID-19 is escalating and advice to citizens on how they can respond.
Report racist content online
Making a complaint if you have experienced or witnessed race discrimination or vilification
In Queensland, contact the Queensland Human Rights Commission Enquiry Line
Nationally, make a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission