Victorian Multicultural Commission takes stand against racism

By Our Reporter
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The Victorian Multicultural Commission unequivocally condemns racism and commits to taking a leadership role in addressing racism in Victoria.

In a commitment to fighting racism statement in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, the Commission stated that it condemned all forms of racism, vilification or discrimination directed at someone because of their colour, ethnicity, faith or national origin.

We condemn all forms of racism or vilification against First Nations people, said a release from the Commission. “We condemn anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or any form of racism or vilification against Asian communities, African communities or people of colour. Racism hurts our whole society and we must do better in opposing it.”

Meaningful change will only happen when people of all backgrounds come together in solidarity and move from being passive or neutral to becoming actively anti-racist, said the statement. “We recognise that if we are to tackle racism, we need to start by listening to the truth about our nation’s history and addressing the injustices experienced by First Nations People.”

Stating that legislation alone is not enough to change society, the Commission said they are waiting for the outcome of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti Vilification Protections.

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