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'You Chinese virus spreader': after coronavirus, Australia has an anti-Asian racism outbreak to deal with

May 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Given the limits of the justice system, Barns said it was critical for the Australian government and law enforcers to work on preventing racism.

"Most people are good but racism must be treated as a criminal offence like all other crimes, otherwise people get away with it. I am so angry, because racism [questions] my identity."

"Violent racism of the kind Burgess warned against does not appear in isolation. It grows out of a mindset that has no regard for multiculturalism, and it thrives in communities that fail to stand up to xenophobia and racism," Tan said.

Arkadia University's Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice professor Alex Otieno, who has written about human rights and racism at the UN, said Asian-Australians had every right to sue the Australian government if things did not improve.

"While Covid-19-related racism is not the cause of racism, but more a symptom of the bigger issue of racism in Australia, it effectively has given Asian-Australians courage and the push to speak out against it."