Challenge what you think you know about racism
The first mobile app of this kind is now available for download to challenge your understanding of racism. Start the journey today and see how far you can go.
- 7-day challenge to improve your understanding of racism
- Immerse yourself in a new environment and face daily scenarios
- Test your own limits and overcome your fears of speaking up
Everyday Racism is a new mobile phone app to help you improve your understanding of racism, available via the Everyday Racism website for both iOS and Android devices.
A world-first mobile phone app, everyday Racism is a game/education style app which challenges players to live a week in the life of an Aboriginal man, a Muslim woman, an Indian student or yourself.
Players must decide how to respond faced with various scenarios of racial prejudice, from teasing or verbal abuse, to being ignored while ordering a coffee, or missing out on a promotion due to the character's cultural background.
Everyday Racism is a joint initiative by national anti-racism charity All Together Now, the University of Western Sydney, University of Melbourne and Deakin University. The app draws on the real-life experience of Aboriginal men, Muslim women and Indian students, who shared their own stories of everyday racism as they worked with the production team to develop the app.
Addressing racism in Moreland
Moreland residents reported one of the highest levels of everyday racially motivated incidents in Victoria. Research found that the consequences of racism to be profound. It can undermine an individual’s sense of self-worth, leave them feeling vulnerable and isolated, and affect their physical and mental health. Members of communities targeted by racism can feel anxious, unwelcome and less confident to participate in public life and debate.
To address racism in the community Moreland City Council endorsed the ‘The 'Racism. It stops with me' campaign in early 2013. Council has committed to prevent racism by pledging to undertake activities over the next three years in support of the campaign. These initiatives include distribution promotional materials, social media campaign and promoting practical tips on bystander anti-racism.
Bystander anti -racism is an action taken by a person or persons (not directly involved as a target or perpetrator) to speak out about or to seek to engage others in responding (either directly or indirectly, immediately or at a later time) against interpersonal or systemic racism.
Bystander anti-racism is not necessarily about directly confronting a perpetrator. A range of actions are considered bystander anti-racism including:
- Reporting the incident to someone in a position of authority (e.g. teacher, supervisor, referee)
- Reporting the incident to police
- Reporting the incident to anti-discrimination agency/authority
- Seeking the help of friends, passersby or colleagues
- Confronting or disagreeing with the perpetrator
- Calling it ‘racism’ or ‘discrimination’ (if it is safe or productive to do so)
- Comforting or supporting the person(s) targeted
- Expressing upset feelings
- Interrupting or distracting the perpetrator
- Using humour or making fun of the perpetrator
Reporting an incident to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (Commission) will help to highlight the issues people are experiencing in Victoria and how to prevent them.
If you would like to make a formal complaint, visit the Commission's making a complaint page. If you would like to talk to the Commission, please provide your contact details when submitting the complaints form, or email or call on 1300 292 153, weekdays 9 am to 5 pm.
For more information, short video and resources visit 'Racism stops with me' on the Council website.
Contact Council's officer responsible for human rights education or call 9240 1111.