Systemic vilification and racism are affecting on the South Sudanese community in Australia
Source TitleInternational Journal of Scientific Research
PublisherInternational Journal of Scientific Research (IJSR)
University of Melbourne Author/sAbur, William
AffiliationMelbourne School of Health Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsAbur, W. (2018). Systemic vilification and racism are affecting on the South Sudanese community in Australia. International Journal of Scientific Research, 7 (11), pp.47-52
Access StatusOpen Access
This paper presents qualitative research findings in relation to the systemic racism and racial vilification issues facing people from the South Sudanese community in Melbourne, Australia. The paper is drawn from a PhD study at Victoria University in which 20 participants were interviewed about settlement issues facing their community. Racism and discrimination is one of the themes that emerged as a problem facing people from the South Sudanese community, including in the employment sector and in schools, because of negative media reporting on this community. This racism and racial verification has been identified in research context as unfair in which some of these research argues for how members of the South Sudanese and recent African communities have become part of a broader system of racism and racialisation in Australia (Ang & Stratton 2001; Baak 2016; Due 2008; Majavu 2017; Walton et al. 2016). The impact of racial vilification has been largely felt by African community groups in public places such as schools, shopping centres, and bus and train stations. The comments made by politicians such as Peter Dutton have promoted hatred and encouraged a great deal of racism toward the South Sudanese community and other African groups, such as the Somalian community. There is no doubt that Australia is a fair-go country, but it has an interesting record about racism and discrimination toward minor groups such as African communities and the Aboriginal community. Racial vilification can be a damaging issue for young people and for minority community groups if there are no policies in places to protect them from such vilification (Baak, 2018).
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