Anti-Racism Education

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Education programs for young people and health professionals to end racism

How will the funding be spent?

We are concerned by the growth of racism in Australia, especially an increase in Islamophobia and discrimination of Aboriginal Australians. 1 in 5 kids experience racism every day at school. 1 in 3 adults experience racism in the workplace. We want to change that. Because education is the most powerful tool to combat racism, we will provide education for young people where it has the most long term impact, and training for staff in healthcare settings where people face the greatest disadvantage.

How will the project be delivered?

We will employ a team of facilitators to 1) Increase the reach of our award-winning program ‘Responding to Racism’ 2) Create a new program for 5-12 year olds that supports them to reduce bullying, develop cultural understanding and promote harmony 3) Customise the training for healthcare settings to support Aboriginal people to access services safely and help close the gap in life expectancy. These programs are needed to stop the rise of racism and create safety for all Australians.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

Over 2,000 people will participate in the training. They will develop skills to prevent racism in their schools and workplaces, creating a far greater reach.

How will you measure the impact of this project?

The impact of this program will be measured by the number of participants and post-training evaluation of their views, such as;

•Understanding of racism and the effect it has
•Understanding of different cultures
•Developing strategies to respond to racism when it happens
•Developing strategies to prevent racism in their communities

We will also run focus groups with educators, parents and key stakeholders.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

This project is about the kind of society we want to build, a society which is safe for people regardless of their race, religion or where they are from. It builds on our past work with ActNow in developing an award winning training workshop ‘Responding to Racism’ which has been presented in high schools. We will grow the program by developing new version for both 5-12 year olds and also customise it for Healthcare facilities to make a change where it’s needed the most.

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Reconciliation South Australia

What does this organisation do?

Reconciliation South Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the people's movement for reconciliation at a state level. Our vision is to increase understanding of the shared history of all South Australians that recognises and enacts the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to live in a just and equitable society.

As a society, we have the power to make an enduring impact on equality and justice. Reconciliation believes in the capacity for every one to make a difference.

Reconciliation SA relies on its Patrons, Ambassadors, staff, students and volunteers to carry out our goals. Reconciliation SA was formed in 2002 and is directed by a board of management.


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John McFadyen

26 May 2017

Have seen Reconciliation SA's work and performances and truly believe that the work they do is vital in continuing the fight against racism

Belinda Berry

17 May 2017

I'm really excited that people are finally saying that racism is NOT OK!

Edwin Kemp Attrill

14 May 2017

I've worked across a range of communities and social justice campaigns and I can say this is such an important issue. Kens comments here highlight the need for anti-racism education and why this project is so important. His attitude is not uncommon - in fact 1 in 10 Australians are "highly Islamophobic" according to recent study by University of South Australia. Muslims experience discrimination at three times the rate of other Australians. We all agree that we need to reject violence and intolerance, which is why we need projects like this that enable dialogue and build a harmonious, peaceful society that embraces multiculturalism.

Ken Brookes > Edwin Kemp Attrill

26 May 2017


If "we all agree that we need to reject violence and intolerance" then surely we can agree to reject Islam's clear and ubiquitous incitements to violence, intolerance and terrorism?

Why won't you join with me in rejecting the prophet Mohammed's sanction of the slaughter of unbelieving children(1), which gave us Manchester and Beslan?

My "attitude" is not the problem.

Islam's incitement to hatred, violence and terror along with your decision to remain wilfully ignorant of them, are the real problem.

Mohammed slaughtered children, for goodness sake.
And you're going to pretend it's not true?

Are you going to convince yourself that I made up these texts?
Are you going to pretend that they have the exact opposite meaning in their original classical Arabic?
Or are you going to refuse to read them because they're Islamophobic?
Islamic texts are Islamophobic?

I'm trying to understand your thought process.

Please let me know how you are able to ignore the evidence and then turn around and call me "highly Islamophobic" without once addressing what Islam actually teaches?

Are you on ideological autopilot?

The Prophet... was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, "They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans)."
Sahih Bukhari: 4:52:256

It is narrated by Sa'b b. Jaththama that he said (to the Holy Prophet):
"Messenger of Allah, we kill the children of the polytheists during the night raids".
He said: "They are from them."
Sahih Muslim Book 019, Number 4322

The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) used not to kill the children, so thou shouldst not kill them unless you could know what Khadir had known about the child he killed, or you could distinguish between a child who would grow up to be a believer (and a child who would grow up to be a non-believer), so that you killed the (prospective) non-believer and left the (prospective) believer aside.
Sahih Muslim Book 019, Number 4457

"Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for [the captive men and boys of the Banu Qurayzah] and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches... There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900."
Ibn Hisham’s As-Seera an-Nabaviyya (710)

Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi:
"I was among the captives of Banu Qurayzah. They (the Companions) examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair."
Sahih Muslim Book 38, Number 4390

Ken Brookes

01 May 2017

Any serious attempt to address Islamophobia,
must not ignore the real roots of Islamophobia.

FACT - Islam incites hatred(1) and violence(2) toward non-Muslims.
It is not Islamophobic to reject religious hatred(1) and violence(2) directed towards oneself or others.

Islamic teachings are demonstrably antithetical to Australian values [refer (1) &(2) below] and only wilful ignorance can deny that reality.

Islamophobia is merely a symptom of the problem of Islamic doctrinal hatred(1) for all things non-Muslim.

Yes, you can shut down criticism but you can't change the facts:

"The Jews ...and the Christians... may Allah destroy them!"
Quran 9:30

The apostle [Mohammed] said, "Kill any Jew that falls into your power."
Ibn Ishaq - Sirat Rasul Allah, p369

"Mohammed said: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim."
Sahih Muslim 4366

"Who will set the Muslim to rule over the Jew? Allah... Until the Jew hides behind the rock and the tree. But the rock and tree will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, a Jew hides behind me, come
and kill him.' "
Sahih Muslim 3:41:6981-5

'When the last moment of the life of Allah's Apostle came and when he felt hot and short of breath Mohammed said, "May Allah curse the Jews and Christians" '
Sahih Bukhari 1:8:427

"Jews and Christians are the worst of creatures."
Quran 98:6

"Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; whoever does is one of them"
Quran 5:51

'believers are allowed to show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly. For instance, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda' said, "We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them." '
Tafsir of Ibn Kathir

"Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security."
Quran 3:28

"O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks; they will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths; what their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom."
Quran 3:118

"They wish that you should disbelieve, as they have disbelieved, and thus you become all alike. So, do not take friends from among them unless they migrate in the way of Allah. Then, if they turn away, seize them, and kill them wherever you find them, and do not take from among them a friend or helper."
Quran 4:89

"Those who chose disbelievers for their friends instead of believers! Do they look for power at their hands? Lo! all power appertaineth to Allah."
Quran 4:139

"O ye who believe! Choose not disbelievers for (your) friends in place of believers.
Would ye give Allah a clear warrant against you?"
Quran 4:144

"O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk."
Quran 5:51

"Your friend can be only Allah; and His messenger and those who believe"
Quran 5:55

"You see many of them take the unbelievers for friends. Indeed, evil is what they have sent ahead for themselves, for Allah is angry with them, and they are to remain in torment for ever."
Quran 5:80

"If they believed in Allah, in the prophet, and in what had been sent down to him, they would have not taken the unbelievers for friends, but many of them are sinners."
Quran 5:81

"Verily! The worst of (moving) living creatures with Allah are the deaf and the dumb, who understand not (i.e. the disbelievers)"
Quran 8:22

"And those who disbelieve are friends to each other."
Quran 8:73

"O you who believe, do not take your fathers and your brothers as your friends, if they prefer infidelity to Faith. Those of you who have friendship with them are the wrongdoers."
Quran 9:23

"O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers) as friends, showing affection towards them"
Quran 13:1

"You will not find those who believe in Allah and in the Hereafter having friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even though they may be their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their clan"
Quran 58:22

"O ye who believe! Choose not My enemy and your enemy for friends. Do ye give them friendship when they disbelieve in that truth which hath come unto you, driving out the messenger and you because ye believe in Allah, your Lord? If ye have come forth to strive in My way and seeking My good pleasure, (show them not friendship). Do ye show friendship unto them in secret, when I am best aware of what ye hide and what ye proclaim? And whosoever doeth it among you, he verily hath strayed from the right way."
Quran 60:1

'There is for you an excellent example (to follow) in Ibrahim and those with him when they said to their people: "We are clear of you and of whatever ye worship besides Allah: We have rejected you, and there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred― forever― unless ye believe in Allah and Him alone" '
Quran 60:4

"For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who reject Him: they will not believe."
Quran 8:55

"Allah does not love the unbelievers"
Quran 3:32

"The punishment of those who strive to make corruption (unbelief) in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides"
Quran 5:33

"slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. "
Quran 9:5

"strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them."
Quran 9:73

"cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers."
Quran 3:151

"Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness..."
Quran 25:52

"O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness."
Quran 9:123

"As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world."
Quran 3:56

"Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves"
Quran 48:29

"As for those who disbelieve, we will fight them forever in the Cause of Allah. Killing them is a small matter to us."
Tabari IX:69

"I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them."
Quran 8:12

"And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]...
Quran 2:191-193

"when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks"
Quran 47:4

"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission and feel themselves subdued."
Quran 9:29

"He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the religion of Truth, that He may make it conqueror of all religion however much idolaters may be averse."
Quran 61:9

"He it is Who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the true religion that He may make it prevail over all the religions; and Allah is enough for a witness."
Quran 48:28

"He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religion, however much the idolaters may be averse."
Quran 9:33

"And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah."
Quran 8:39

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.'
Sahih Bukhari 1:8:387

'The Messenger of Allah said: "I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah" '
Sahih Muslim 1:30, 1:33