ABSTRACT

This chapter interrogates the link between the experience of racism and personal and social morbidities. It provides a first empirical insight into the effect of different forms of racism, and ends with a speculation on what this means for anti-racism in diverse countries like Australia. Indigenous Australians continue to experience high levels of racism. Despite the consistent findings of researchers and human rights agencies on racism in Australia, there has been a lacklustre policy response over recent last decades. In Australia, evidence suggests that many cultural and migrant groups face racism, particularly those visibly marked as different. Experiences of racism lead to social, economic and health detriment for targets. Different forms of anti-racism are needed to address the varied forms of racism, with their varied impact. Conceptualising community relations in terms of social inclusion must entail a serious challenge to racism and its socially morbid effects.