New way to measure racism among youth

Apr 27, 2012
Diversity matters

A new tool has been developed to formally evaluate the effectiveness of anti-racism programs among Australian youth. 

Monash University Doctor of Psychology student, Kaine Grigg has used new research examining the understanding and experience of among Australian youth to develop a general attitudinal measure of racial, ethnic, cultural and religious acceptance.

Once validated, the measure will be introduced in schools around Australia to accurately evaluate and improve anti-racism initiatives.

Designed to evaluate programs targeted toward young people aged 10 to 20, the measure is the first to be developed and scientifically validated in Australia.

Mr. Grigg, who will present the development at an academic seminar this week, said measuring multicultural acceptance was vital in a nation where racism was becoming increasingly prevalent.

“If you rely on anecdotal evidence and media reporting, racism in Australia has increased significantly over the past decade,” Mr. Grigg said.

“While current initiatives exist that aim to increase openness to diversity and decrease racism, there is no validated measure available to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs in Australian youth.

“This measure is therefore needed to scientifically evaluate anti-racism initiatives and will be disseminated to schools throughout Australia, enabling them to properly assess multicultural programs.”

Professor Lenore Manderson, from the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University, who is supervising the project, said the new measure underlined the importance of multicultural acceptance and the ability to significantly improve the effectiveness of pro-diversity campaigns.

“This is an exciting development for Monash University and the greater community,” Professor Manderson said.

“It represents a step forward in measuring the effectiveness and significant improvement of multiculturalism programs in the Australian school curriculum.”

As part of the validation process, the newly developed measure is currently being implemented in several primary schools in Melbourne’s southeast in partnership with Windermere Child and Family Services and the Cardinia Shire Council.

To test its accuracy, the measure has been applied to the Building Harmony in the Cardinia Growth Corridor project, an anti-racism and pro-diversity initiative.

Mr. Grigg is calling for participants to be involved in the final stage of testing for the new measure. Further information can be found here.

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ShotmanMaslo
4.7 / 5 (6) Apr 27, 2012
I would like to mention that racism is one thing and "culturalism" another, not necessarily wrong. While hardly possible with race, one can certainly feel a justified aversion against some cultural or religious elements in society. So anti-racism yes, multiculturalism only in limited doses, please.
Origin
3.6 / 5 (7) Apr 27, 2012
Actually many people simply don't like the foreigners in their country and the racism has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's merely a xenophobia rather than racism and it has economical origin: these people fear of lost of jobs places taken by foreigners and their concern may be quite substantiated. Many weak economics are not prepared for free motion of labour force in similar way, like the many agricultures cannot compete the cheap import from products from another countries. Some protection of labour force market must by applied here in similar way, like the governments are using a protection of traditional agriculture and manufacture in developed countries.
Burnerjack
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 27, 2012
It is important to understand that we are all ambassadors of our family or neighborhhod or town or country or race or any combination of these. Fair or not, that is the truth. Another truth is that stereotypes cannot thrive in a vaccuum.
Deathclock
4.2 / 5 (5) Apr 27, 2012
I've always said that stereotypes exist for a reason, but it is absolutely wrong to make assumptions about someone you don't know based on those stereotypes. Everyone you meet should be regarded as a blank slate until you get to know them.
ryggesogn2
2.7 / 5 (7) Apr 27, 2012
Many weak economics are not prepared for free motion of labour force in similar way, like the many agricultures cannot compete the cheap import from products from another countries.

Why are the economies weak?
Why are they not prepared?
Why can't they compete?
Are these people children that must be protected?
ryggesogn2
3 / 5 (10) Apr 27, 2012
Why isn't an old economy like Spain or Greece able to compete?
"Spanish unemployment has hit a new record high, official figures have shown.

The number of unemployed people reached 5,639,500 at the end of March, with the unemployment rate hitting 24.4%, the national statistics agency said."
http://www.bbc.co...17866382
Is it racist the Mediterranean cultures are worse than the Anglo-Saxon culture?
Egleton
5 / 5 (4) Apr 28, 2012
I'm from Africa. The young are plastic. They are playing, life is not serious.
Trouble starts later, when they become adults.
It is premature to declare victory over Racism by observing the young.
Racism is an instinct. It requires restraint and control in adults. Going against your instincts is never going to be comfortable, and will have continual failures.
The Racism is only slightly weaker than the Sex drive. Do not underestimate it.
"If you do not acknowledge the dragon within you, it will rise up and consume you." Chinese saying.
ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (5) Apr 28, 2012
The young are plastic. They are playing, life is not serious.

Whose fault is that?
Terriva
3 / 5 (2) Apr 28, 2012
Why are the economies weak?
Why are they not prepared?
Why can't they compete?
Are these people children that must be protected?
Just because they relied on import of cheap labor force in time of abundance. When the resources are going low, exactly the same strategy becomes counterproductive. It's not secret for me, the import of cheap labor force is promoted with globalist companies who tend to profit into account of local, i.e. national economy. The whole trick is, the import of cheap labor force is not as cheap, as it appears, its costs just gets dissolved in another areas of economy. In this way the globalist companies are cheating the local governments with promise of fast GDP increase. But this increase must be payed soon or later. And what you can do with it, when the motion of labor force is not reversible? You cannot repatriate all these workers, whenever the economy goes down - and you've social problem for ever.
Terriva
1 / 5 (1) Apr 28, 2012
The local governments are in the same situation, like the adventurous company, who hired a huge number of employees from outside for realization of some project and now - when it turns out, this project is not so successful at all - it faces the huge dismissal. But government cannot repatriate its citizens so easily, like some private company. It's evident, the globalistic economy prepared a social trap for local governement and it created whole multiculturalistic ("antiracist") propaganda to support its strategy, which just follows the maximization of profit, not the social impacts.

Now it turns out, that - despite the antiracist propaganda - this multicultural strategy was actually deeply asocial in the similar way, like the import of black slaves into USA at the 19th century, as it followed the interests of limited group of people only.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (4) Apr 28, 2012
when the motion of labor force is not reversible

Slavery has been illegal for more than 150 years in the US, longer in the UK.
Why is motion of labor force not reversible?
Illegal alien labor is now escaping the bad economy in the US and when allowed by govts, labor flows to where the jobs are.
bluehigh
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2012
If you do not acknowledge the dragon within you, it will rise up and consume you


Any dragons around here get both barrels of a shotgun. Such soppy sentiments can only come from a hippie or pathetic old Asian mystic. wax on, wax off ..

Terriva
1 / 5 (1) Apr 28, 2012
Why is motion of labor force not reversible?
We have many mechanisms, both legal, both economical incentives, how to motivate the Arabians and Asians into participation on Western economy. But which tools do you have for their repatriation at the moment, when they get a permanent citizenship? Absolutely none. What's worse, by existing laws you have to support these people socially even when their thinking is openly hostile to their country in similar way, like the other native citizens.
Terriva
1 / 5 (1) Apr 28, 2012
Illegal alien labor is now escaping the bad economy in the US and when allowed by govts
I'm talking about legal mechanisms - illegally you can simply shoot down all the people, who are excessive or hostile for economy at the borders of your country and the problem will be solved immediately.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (4) Apr 28, 2012
how to motivate the Arabians and Asians into participation on Western economy.

Laws and the enforcement of those laws that protect property and promote free trade are blind to race.
Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore are decent examples.
Terriva
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2012
Laws that protect property and promote free trade are blind to race.
Of course, this is why I'm saying, the multicultural problems aren't racial and their solution has nothing to do with racism at all - despite the opponents of this solution are screaming about racism loudly.

It's economical problem.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (4) Apr 28, 2012
Laws that protect property and promote free trade are blind to race.
Of course, this is why I'm saying, the multicultural problems aren't racial and their solution has nothing to do with racism at all - despite the opponents of this solution are screaming about racism loudly.

It's economical problem.

No, its a problem of govt control of economies.
Terriva
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2012
Rather the lack of govt. control, because the free motion of labor force is apparently the result of the resignation to the governmental control of their motion. The multicultural politics is apparently a product of economical liberalism, but the things aren't so simple.

Paradoxically, both the import of slaves into USA, both the free movement of labor force from Asia has been initiated just the private lobby of globalist companies, who profited from it. Just the rich conservative Texasians, who hated the black people in most pronounced way were, who imported the highest number of black slaves from Africa. Therefore we cannot say, the multicultural politic is a product of liberalism. The dense aether model explains this paradox: every extremist stance becomes dual to its own intentions. Stalin opposed Hitler in most pronounced way, but just because of it his internal politics didn't differ from those of Hitler.
ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (5) Apr 28, 2012
Rather the lack of govt. control, because the free motion of labor force is apparently the result of the resignation to the governmental control of their motion. Try to prove the opposite and you'll see.

What?
Govts that restrict labor or allow unions to control labor do not have prosperous economies. Greece is a fine example.
Terriva
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2012
Govts that restrict labor or allow unions to control labor do not have prosperous economies. Greece is a fine example.
The multiculturalism isn't the only problem of economy. But I don't think, the countries which allowed the Arabians and Turkey to work in their country feel a much better economically by now - just compare the economical situation of Spain, for example. The negative impact of multiculturalism manifests mainly in political instability: the immigrants and their opponents are organizing mutual rioting. For example the immigrants represented one third of recent riots in London.
Terriva
3 / 5 (2) Apr 28, 2012
Govts that restrict labor or allow unions to control labor do not have prosperous economies.
Control of labor with unions is orthogonal problem to multiculturalism. IMO every excessive control is as harmless, as excessive liberalism in this matter. The people must learn how to use unbiased, balanced approach in literally all areas of their activity: from nuclear research to control of politics. The balanced approach is the categorical imperative by now.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (4) Apr 28, 2012
Govts that restrict labor or allow unions to control labor do not have prosperous economies. Greece is a fine example.
The multiculturalism isn't the only problem of economy. But I don't think, the countries which allowed the Arabians and Turkey to work in their country feel a much better economically by now - just compare the http://www.guardi...t-banks, for example. The negative impact of multiculturalism manifests mainly in political instability: the immigrants and their opponents are organizing mutual rioting. For example the immigrants represented one third of recent riots in London.

1. Why were they allowed to immigrate?
2. Why did they emigrate?
And it is cultural issue. When will a Turk be considered a German?
A Turk can move to the USA and can become and full fledged 'American', if he chooses.
Sounds like more a nationalist/tribal issue than race.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (4) Apr 28, 2012
What defines a German, a Turk, an Englishman, a Scot, a Dutchman a Swiss, an American, a Japanese, a Muslim, a Christian, ...?
Race, culture, ...?
Terriva
2.7 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2012
Why were they allowed to immigrate?
Because it was advantageous for globalist companies, which did seek the cheap labor force and promised the local governments, they will participate to their expansion financially.
Why did they emigrate
Because it was financially advantageous for immigrants.
A Turk can move to the USA and can become and full fledged 'American', if he chooses.
It doesn't work so with Islamic fundamentalists. Even the naturalized black Americans tend to form the homogeneous communities. They're not motivated into their integration into rest of society very much. They're doing "their" black movies, black music obstinately.

If we allow the immigration, we should always consider the possibility, the immigrants will not integrate into society at all - it's their free will. To consider the opposite automatically is just dangerously idealistic stance. And every idealism gets punished in less or more distant perspective with no mercy.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2012
Because it was advantageous for globalist companies

So it was advantages for 'globalist companies' for Germany to import labor from Turkey?
It would make more sense for the 'globalist companies' to build factories where the labor is as BMW and Mercedes have in the USA, but in states that can't force workers to pay for a union.
Terriva
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2012
So it was advantages for 'globalist companies' for Germany to import labor from Turkey?
It was advantageous for global capital from both momentary, both long-term perspective. It was even advantageous for the native Germans and their government from momentary perspective. But I'm not so sure, if it's so advantageous for native Germans from long term perspective at the moment, when immigrants will get the permanent citizenship and the same social advantages like native Germans - now they should pay for the temporal profit of global capital.

At the case of Germany it's not so huge problem, because most of this global capital is actually owned just with Germans itself. But the poorer countries, which allowed the expansion of global capital with free immigration of labor force will suffer the consequences the more.
Terriva
1 / 5 (1) Apr 28, 2012
The situation gets actually wrong even at the case, when immigrants are returning into their native country at the moment, when they get the sufficient income and qualification, because the host country is losing qualified labor force and the know-how gets transferred into native country of immigrants in legally uncontrolled way.

For example, the native Americans profited whole years from unqualified labor of Chinese immigrants, which absolved the education at the western universities and who did a lotta useful work there. But now these highly qualified workers are returning massively back into China and they do transfer the western know-how into it. And what was advantageous for native Americans before few years changes now into economical problem of USA. The memo is, every saving of hard work comes with its price later.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (2) Apr 28, 2012
Actually many people simply don't like the foreigners in their country and the racism has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's merely a xenophobia rather than racism
Euros are the foreigners. Perhaps you are not aware of history?

"Well into the 20th Century, Indigenous Australians were both in Australia itself and in many other countries the subject of widespread crude racist stereotyping. For example, the American birth control campaigner Margaret Sanger could write casually: "The aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets" (What Every Girl Should Know, 1920)."

-Tribalism is central to understanding behavior but accepting it means admitting that bigotry is natural. Establishing the tribal identity over the entire human race is a daunting task but absolutely essential.
kochevnik
not rated yet Apr 28, 2012
It doesn't work so with Islamic fundamentalists. Even the naturalized black Americans tend to form the homogeneous communities. They're not motivated into their integration into rest of society very much. They're doing "their" black movies, black music obstinately.
Black is a race, not an ethnicity. They speak different languages different religions and have different histories which include ethnic strife. So much diversity, race doesn't mean much. It's like saying "Earthling." Otto is much more on target. Humans design their tribes along much more detailed distinctions.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Apr 28, 2012
What is this article? Instead of calling it "the measure" five times they might have had the decency to explain what it actually IS.

As it stands it(and the provided link) are devoid of any information.

C'mon Physorg. You can do better than this.

So it was advantages for 'globalist companies' for Germany to import labor from Turkey?

If you check your history books you might notice that before this import of labor started there was a war on (you know...WWII? Small detail, I know - Easily missed in history class).

Germany lost a sizeable amount of its workforce (about 7 million total, 3.2 million of which were military (i.e. mostly men) out of a population of nearly 80 million).
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Apr 28, 2012
Germany lost a sizeable amount of its workforce

And a significant portion of land.
I guess they had to recruit former allies and there were damn few of those.

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