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Being Australian has always been defined in sexist terms It has also been defined in racist terms In the early days the pioneers battle against the hard land was also seen as the struggle against the dangerous and wily blacks Later the fight was against migrants who would dilute the British character of the nation and undermine the race Keegan 1986 This Quote in fact highlights the racist bigotries in Australian society In this essay the extent of which Australian society has been shaped by racism towards Indigenous people and towards immigrants will be explored This will be done through defining racism the forms of racism and how these forms relate to school education And also through past history of this countries policies such as the anti-Chinese policy and the White Australian policy are a reflection of how our society has been shaped around racism and discrimination Todays education system will be used to give examples of how the two forms of racism are still quite apart of its policies through the use of deculturation process of our indigenous children and immigrants NESB entering our schools Although there are multicultural policies within the education system we have to ask ourselves do these address racism in terms of catering for all not just the majority Anglo Australian population or are they racist tending to discriminate against minority groups The Macquarie dictionary defines racism as the belief that human races have distinctive characteristics which determine their respective cultures usually involving the idea that ones own race is superior and has the right to rule or dominate others Offensive or aggressive behaviour to members of another race stemming from such a belief A policy or system of Government based on it Racism is form of prejudice Many people tend to consider their own appearance and behaviour as normal therefore desirable An example of this behaviour would be that I am at a dinner party with a group
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