My name is Sobur Dhieu and I am a first year student undertaking a Bachelor of Arts. As a member of the South Sudanese community, I have been exposed to racism stemming from the so-called ‘African Gang Crisis’ that is currently pervading the streets of Melbourne.

My presentation aims to delve beyond the sensationalised headlines to analyse the real problems impacting particularly on South Sudanese youth. While I can only sympathise with victims of crime perpetuated by some of these youths and do not condone any form of criminal behaviour, I intend for my workshop to spark a much-needed dialogue about the social effects of this issue. Particularly, I would like to focus on how certain media platforms attempt to push a racist agenda, which has potentially devastating consequences on not only the South Sudanese community, but our multicultural society as a whole. Above all, rather than encouraging blaming, I hope my presentation inspires attendees to look beyond perceived racial divides and unite to confront these problems which are not so black-and-white.

This event is non-autonomous. White allies are encouraged to attend.

The UMSU People of Colour Department acknowledges that this event is taking place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.