Racism and discrimination have no place in New Zealand
Racism lives in everyday actions and comments that we laugh off, excuse, and therefore accept. Racism starts small and takes many forms.
But accepting it is a choice. We can stop casual racism from growing into something more extreme. We can give it no encouragement. No respect. No place. No power. We can give it nothing.
If you witness casual racism, giving nothing to it means refusing to stoop to its level and give it any positive reaction to feed off and grow. A blank face can speak volumes to someone who seeks a response, as can the non-confrontational words ‘I’m giving that nothing’.
If you are on the receiving end of racism choose to give nothing, to not laugh it off or let the person off the hook. Know that there are many of us who are with you. Feel supported in giving nothing. And if you want to call it out directly, we’re all behind you too.
If you want to acknowledge casual racism online and call attention to it, you can actively give it nothing by using a blank faced emoji (?) to respond to casually racist messages, comments or content. This is a show of resistance that doesn’t invite more discriminatory discussion. You can also report harmful digital content to Netsafe or to the platform.
If you witness extreme racism like a racist attack; record it, support the victim and engage them in a conversation by asking them if they’re ok. Supporting the victim will send a strong message to the attacker, without inflaming the situation by reacting to them directly. Finally make sure to report the incident to the authorities.
If you are on the receiving end of extreme racism and feel unsafe, call Police on 111. New Zealand Police encourages all members of our communities to be alert to, and to report, instances of hate speech to them. If you can, record it. Report it to us at the Human Rights Commission. Seek support.
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Chief Human Rights Commissioner
New Zealand Human Rights Commission