Passport system rejects this dude’s photo for a pretty racist reason


Racism is bad enough with humans, but when computers start laying it into you? That just sucks.

It’s something that happened to Richard Lee, a New Zealand citizen who is studying in Melbourne, Australia. 

He was renewing his New Zealand passport recently online, when the automated system rejected his photo. 

It thought his eyes were closed, and hence didn’t meet the country’s passport picture requirements.

So awkward.

The screenshot was posted on the page of Australian DJs Mashd N Kutcher on Facebook, who said they were a friend of Lee’s.  Read more…

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Young Chinese Aussies report highest levels of discrimination, survey finds


Racism is still pervasive in Australian society, but it’s alarming how many young people say they’re on the receiving end of it.

Chinese Australians report the highest levels of discrimination due to their race and cultural background, according to Mission Australia’s 2016 Youth Survey

The survey of teenagers, commissioned by the charity, covers 22,000 respondents between the ages of 15 to 19 years of age. 

It found 88.7 percent of Mandarin speakers reported discrimination, followed by speakers of Cantonese (80.6%) and Filipino/Tagalog (80.4%).

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