Being a part of a ‘different’ race (other than white) in Australia has proven to be an uphill battle. According the Sydney Morning Herald, 1 in 4 Australians of a varying race suffer from prejudice, social exclusion and racial discrimination (Rielly, 2017). Furthermore, a study from ‘Essential research’ stated that 49% of Australians believe in the nationwide Muslim ban (Ednap, 2017).
A poll comparison was completed among the American and Australian population on multiculturalism within institutions, careers and society (Ednap, 2017). Results from the poll found that the consensus agreed that, in media industry in America is very multicultural, often featuring various major cultures within American society (African American, Latin, American Indian, etc.). Compared to the Australian ‘media Industry’, “it is very much a No attitude towards highlighting other cultures” (Ednap, 2017).
This could be due to various reasons, a major reason being the number of individuals involved in the Australian Media industry, compared to its counterpart American industry. With a larger ‘population’ counted in American media, the lack of diversity in Australia could be due to its decreased ‘pool of talent’ (Ednap, 2017).
Furthermore, it has been recorded that native American and various American cultures (other than White culture), feel as if they belong to the society at a much greater and deeper level (Ednap, 2017). As compared to Aboriginal Australians, and Asylum Seekers. Often, aboriginals and asylum seekers are made to feel as if they are ‘imports’ and non-important to the wider community (Ednap, 2017).
The results of these polls do have a risk of being bias due to the fact that they select a sample group to represent the population as a whole. This allows results to be swayed based on the individuals selected, therefore, decreasing the validity and reliability.
Anti-discrimination laws created by Governments and policy making institutions’ have thought to be aiding in fighting against racism (Australian Human Rights commission, 2011). However, it has been reported by ‘The Australian’ that in fact “anti-discrimination laws have been created by those who are responsible for continuing the ongoing effect of racism” (Wood, 2017). The article reveals that although policy is created to ‘help’ individuals in need, it is rather disadvantaging these very people. The Racial Discrimination Act made in 1973, decreased the rights of Aboriginal Australians, based under the opinion of ‘care’, for an “unstable group of communities” (Wood, 2017).
Similarly, over the other side of the Pacific, the mass deportation system designed by the sitting president of the United States has also being described as “rooted in racism”. Anti-discrimination laws created in 1964 have been counteracted by Racial politics incited by various individuals throughout American history (REUTERS, 2015).
Overall, racism can simply not be compared due to the fact that varying cultures experience a vast list of disadvantages. Although they both suffer from the same act, the society around them dictates the effect and severity of these disadvantages on the individual. One similarity however, both America and Australia have a long way to go in the fight at destroying racism.