Responding to racism during the pandemic

We have been alarmed at the rise of racism at this time of the pandemic. Here in Australia, people of Asian appearance are bearing the brunt of hostilities. In other contexts we hear from friends that anti-Semitic violence and Islamophobia are on the rise. We will soon be announcing a particular project in relation to this.

In the meantime we would like to share resources about bystander action that we appreciate. Now, more than ever, it seems we need to be prepared as to how we wish to respond if we witness racist actions. 

In addition to the resources below, we also would like to hear from other people, wherever you are living, about how you are trying to take action when you witness discrimination or harassment. What actions are you taking? Can we share your ideas and stories?  

Some resources we like:

Australian Human Rights Commission ‘Racism It Stops with Me‘ Campaign:



Western Sydney University Bystander Anti-Racism Project 



Victorian Government – Respect Women campaign 


Southern Poverty Law Centre ‘Speak Up’ handbook

Rise Above the Pack— how to be a positive bystander

The Conversation— Eradicating racism from campus 

SBS News— How to intervene when witnessing a racial attack 

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