I'm Not Racist, But...
Tuesday, 20 Mar 12
Are we all a little bit racist?
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This week Insight explores racism from a different perspective.
Discussions about prejudice are often framed in terms of whites against non-whites. In a candid and frank debate, Insight lifts a lid on racism between different minority groups in Australia and prejudices people have against their own race - a topic rarely covered in the media.
The program also looks at the psychology of racism – whether humans are all biologically hard-wired to feel threatened by people who look different to them, and are genetically predisposed to want to stick to our own “tribe.”
Australia is due to launch its first ever National Anti-Racism Strategy this year. Insight will ask whether it's the right approach, and whether it has any chance of transcending the impulses that some experts believe we're all born with.
The Implicit Association Test (IAT) was developed by Harvard researchers to measure subconscious prejudice.
Find out how you subconsciously feel by taking the test here.
Members of the Insight audience took the test. Of those who completed it, almost 80% had a negative association with indigenous Australians.
Wednesday 21 March is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Cultural Diversity Week is from 17-25 March.
Producer: Meggie Palmer
Associate Producers: Hannah Meagher and Sarah Allely
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