Letter to the Editor - Saturday, August 8:A culture of racism

AUSTRALIA should be ashamed of racist abuse of indigenous footballer Goodes.

Expressing shock, Hindus want an immediate end to derogatory slurs and constant racial jeering and abuse of indigenous Australian Rules footballer star Adam Goodes, which has reportedly caused him to take a leave of absence.

In a statement in Nevada (this week) I stressed that anti-racism initiatives were immediately required in Australia, its growing culture of racial intolerance needed to be urgently curbed and it should do a deep introspection of its heart and be kind to indigenous people, immigrants, minorities, and other vulnerable groups.

I suggested that public apology on national television by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove on this issue would send a strong message against xenophobia.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Anglican Church of Australia and other religious groups in Australia should also come out strongly against the prevalent racism, as we were all equal in the eyes of God.

It was highly disturbing and appalling to note such racist attitudes were alive and well in 21st century Australia, a culturally diverse society now.

Hindu statesman
Rajan Zed

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