Be an ally against racism!
What is racism?
Racially motivated abuse can be verbal or physical, and can include attacks on property as well as people. It is aimed at undermining a person’s dignity and value based on their perceived or actual ethnic, religious or cultural background.
It usually takes on a threatening, abusive or insulting form but can also be disguised as a joke or ‘a little bit of craic’. It can happen anywhere, including work, school, in or near your home, on public transport or in the street. It can happen over a long period of time and make life a misery for the victims.
All forms of racism involve making generalisations or perpetuating stereotypes about people who are a different background. These stereotypes often view other people as inferior, and as well as being insulting, are used to justify the exclusion of people from opportunities, resources and power.
The only way to end racism is TOGETHER.
Rev Desmond Tutu
How to be an ally against racism
What to do if you see someone being racially abused in a public space:
Step 1 Asses the safety of the situation – do not put yourself in danger
Step 2 Take action and stay with the person affected e.g. stand beside the person affected during the abuse, focus on and talk to them, do not engage with the abuser, film the abuse if you feel safe to do so.
Step 3 Show solidarity and stay with the person affected for as long as they need – listen to them, support them to call a friend/ family member.
Step 4 Support the person affected to report the incident and/ or report it yourself
*If the racist abuse is criminal in nature contact An Garda Síochána immediately by calling 999
- Do listen and be open to learning
- Do be aware of your implicit biases (we all have them!)
- Do amplify (online and when physically present) the voices of those affected
- Do look into how to change the oppressive systems
- Do not expect to be taught or shown. Take it upon yourself to use the tools around you to learn and answer your questions
- Do not behave as though you know best
- Do not assume that every member of a marginalised group feels oppressed
- Do not assume you are doing people a favour, it’s your duty
If you need support or advice reporting the incident contact our Racist Incidents Support and Referral Service firstname.lastname@example.org
The Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) collects data on racist incidents in Ireland. Report at www.iReport.ie.