A racist situation can arise without targeting any particular individual. You may hear a racist joke or remark at a family celebration or among friends with no minority member attending. Racism may emerge anywhere, including at workplaces, on social media, while engaged in hobbies, on public transport, or at school.
Racist situations can also involve physical violence, so consider your own safety when tackling racism.
Remember that racism is also structural.
Show the person that they are not alone. Talk to the person who was the target of racist harassment. Ask how you can help.
You can show support by approaching the individual and stand by them. Help them by escorting the person away from the situation.
In social media, you can send a message to the person who is experiencing racist harassment and show support by responding to their content.
Addressing a racist situation is not easy. Do not be afraid to fail. The main point is that you make an effort.
Calmly tell the perpetrators that their behaviour is not acceptable. Ask them to stop. Do not provoke them. Try to remain calm.
Ask other bystanders for help or support if you cannot tackle the situation yourself. Call emergency services if the situation is threatening. If a police presence is not required, then you may also notify some other party responsible for public safety, such as a security guard or doorkeeper.
Act even if a racist joke or comment is not targeted at a particular person. Try to intervene in the moment. If you cannot because you are in a large crowd or feel uncomfortable, talk to the person in private.
Racist behaviours should be reported further. This should begin by asking victims whether they would like to report the incident. You may offer support in the reporting process.
Reports may be sent to such parties as an event organiser, training provider, service provider, the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman or the police.
Racism on social media may be reported to the platform administrators.
You can act against racism even if you do not experience or face a racist incident.
You can help to build a society free of racism through your own actions every day.
Inform yourself about racism and anti-racism. Develop yourself as an anti-racist actor. Don’t be discouraged when you make mistakes, but learn from them.