Bullying and Other Forms of Discrimination: Racism and Bullying
Includes being harassed because of a youth’s race, colour, ethnic background, traditions or beliefs.
For instance, racist remarks, threats, denying a student to play in a game, damaging property.
Based on race or perceived difference.
Bullying other young people because of their visible religious symbols.
Five key principles to address racism and bullying:
- Acknowledge that racism exists in wider society, and that it can lead to racist bullying in schools
- Let the students know where you stand and that racism is discriminatory
- Listen to children and young people
- Involve children and young people in solutions
Most harassment occurs in the hallways or classrooms of a school
However, the Hostile Hallways report notes:
Source: “Hostile Hallways: Bullying, Teasing and Sexual Harassment in Schools” (2001) commissioned by AAUW Education Foundation, researched by Harris Interactive at 27.
For this study, Harris interviewed a nationally representative sample of 2,064 public school students in eighth through 11th grades (compared to 1,632 in 1993).
There are many similarities between bullying incidents and bullying based on racism, such as they both cause the victim great distress. However, there are some differences in how bullying based on racism affects students. Some differences are:
- “Racism has a long history affecting millions of people and is a common feature in wider society.”
- “The distinctive feature of a racist attack or insult is that a person is attacked not as an individual, as in most other offences, but as the representative of a family, community or group. Other members of the same group, family or community are in consequence made to feel threatened and intimidated as well.”
- “Most bullying involves a series of incidents over time. In the case of racist bullying, however, a single one-off incident may have precisely the same impact as a series of incidents over time. This is because it may be experienced by the person at the receiving end as part of a general pattern of racist hostility.”