Racism and Discrimination

Discrimination is when someone treats you unfairly because of your age, sexuality, marital status, being pregnant or having a child, having a disability, ethnicity or race, religion or gender. It can include bullying, but it’s also discrimination when someone doesn’t let you join in an activity because of your race or religion.

Discrimination can take many forms and happen in a range of environments including school, work and within communities. 

Racism is when someone's treated differently or unfairly just because of their race or culture. People can also experience prejudice, when a decision is made or opinion formed without knowledge, thought or reason, because of their religion or nationality.

A hate crime or incident is any behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hatred of:

  • Race
  • Sexual Orientation or gender identity
  • Gender identity
  • Disability
  • Religion or faith

Hate crime can be name calling, violence, graffiti, or damage to property.