When I was writing yesterday’s post and in contrast to it, I came across these posters from ANTaR — Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation. According to the ANTaR webpage, racism
has recently been recognised in a number of key reports as a threat to public health in Australia.
As a life stressor, racism directly and negatively:
- affects the cardiovascular system causing high blood pressure/hypertension and heart disease
- seriously affects mental health causing depression, anxiety and other psychological and psychiatric disorders
- contributes to low birth weight of newborns, as well as premature birth
Three out of four Indigenous Australians experience racism in their everyday lives.
One study in Western Australia found that 52% of urban residents and 69% of residents of a regional centre revealed prejudice against Aboriginal Australians. Nearly a quarter of the Indigenous children under 12 years surveyed had experienced racism in the previous 6 months. This was associated with increased cannabis and alcohol consumption in these under 12 year olds.
I suspect one would see similar issues among the First Peoples and other minority communities in Canada. [via Osocio]