1. Being a descendant of the most unwanted race, aborigines, I always had to face severe traumatic prejudices by the white people. After completing the education in high school, I joined a private company. On the basis of my educational qualification, I was being appointed as one of the most desired post. My dream job was to be the associate in the world of the publicity designing team in a newspaper agency. I was successful in cracking the most wanted job, my dream was fulfilled. I was very happy, but the happiness broke down when the colleagues of mine in the agency started prejudices against me, as I was the descendants of the aborigines.
My colleagues were quiet friendly in nature towards me before they came to know about my originality. The attitudes of them changed from instantly from the next day they gained the knowledge of my origin. I never expected such discrimination could have exist till date, that too I only had to face in my professional field. In my high school days, I never had to face such situations as aborigines were not being treated as low caste or unwanted caste or even untouchables. But, facing such traumatic situation based on the caste system as I was belonging from the aborigines dropped down the confidence level of mine from working and distracted me for a long extent in my work. I failed for concentrating in my work place, failed to meet the deadline of the task given to me. This traumatic prejudice made me low, made my self-confidence to a very low level.
The part of the law in Australian legislation is, The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 considers to be in effect to obligations of Australia under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ferdinand, Paradies and Kelaher 2015). Its major objectives were considered as:
- Promoting the equality before the law for all persons, regardless of their race, color or national or ethnic origin (Cowan 2013), and
- Making any sort of discrimination against people on the basis of their race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin unlawful.
The part of the act of the racial discrimination were being broken under the Australian legislation, because, according to the particular Australian law, every human beings must be treated equally race, color, nationality or the origins must not be considered but my workplace mainly dealt with the racism (Ferdinand, Paradies and Kelaher 2015). This particular legislation was for preventing the racial discrimination, that also being faced by me. The Australian legislations are being broken down in the work place I served.
The psychology of the people still remained the same and did not get upgraded as per to the law and the legislations that are being listed in the Australian law.
2. Everyone is prejudiced. I agree to this statement, as being to the human society, the human psychology always deals with the prejudice. Some people are being prejudiced based on the caste, creed, and race whereas some people deals with the physical appearance like natural look or the dresses these people prefers.
Prejudice towards the caste, creed and race reduced to a certain extent but the prejudice towards the dressing sense and appearance is increasing day by day. This type of prejudiced in considered to be in the latest trend. Even the natural look is also considered to be the recent trend in the section of prejudice. I think it is applied in my case as well.
My natural look includes broad forehead with extreme curly hair and big oval shaped eyes. When I was a high school goer, I was not that stylish or never follow the trend of being stylish in the school; moreover, I was always busy in focusing my syllabus, and being a bookworm and topper in the class I failed to walk on the street of the latest fashion trend and statement. My classmates, used to make fun of my broad forehead and my curly hair. According to the groups, my hair resembles to a broom and my broad forehead is considered to the Melbourne Cricket ground. The comments along with the pranks on this matter which were passed hampered my confidence. Studies and being topper in the class did not stop this prejudice towards me.
But, in the future I felt, prejudice can only insult people and drops down the confidence but everyone must have that particular spirit for fighting back and lead the life as per to their dreams without focusing with the prejudices.
Cowan, A., 2013. UNDRIP and the intervention: Indigenous self-determination, participation, and racial discrimination in the northern territory of Australia. Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J., 22, p.247.
Ferdinand, A.S., Paradies, Y. and Kelaher, M., 2015. Mental health impacts of racial discrimination in Australian culturally and linguistically diverse communities: a cross-sectional survey. BMC public health, 15(1), p.401.