Here at Dulwich Centre, we are all saddened and horrified at recent events that have taken place in Sydney.
The violence, racism, hatred, and hostility that we have witnessed has been profoundly disturbing
With the Australian flag and national anthem being used as symbols of exclusion and hatred, with the term ‘Aussies’ being used to mean ‘people of non-Arabic descent’, with alcohol and hatred fuelling violence, and with political leaders issuing statements that this has nothing to do with racism, the end of this year, for us, as Australians, is posing many questions:
As Mr Habib Chamas, the Chairperson of the Arab Council Australia, has recently described: ‘Solutions for the racial tensions lie in the combined effort and the goodwill of all people’.
Here at Dulwich Centre, we wish to express our sincere regret that the flames of racism are once again raging in this country.
We welcome hearing from anyone, from any community, with suggestions, ideas, or reflections on these recent events and possible ways forward. Please write to us.
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