Many people don’t think racial intolerance or racism is a problem: often because they do not experience it themselves but we’re seeing the stories bubble up to the surface now. We have 18% of migrants polled by MBIE having experienced racial discrimination and a third of our formal complaints are about racial discrimination.
However, the overwhelming majority of people never complain or go public when someone tells them to go back to where they come from. These are the types of casual racist encounters that never feel casual or quiet when you and your family are the ones being humiliated. While overt racism is not as widespread overseas: we need to have a meaningful conversations about the realities of racism and what each of us can and must do about it.