Racially minoritized people's experiences of racism during COVID-19 in Australia: A qualitative study

Julian Grant, Jessica Biles, Aryati Yashadhana, Alexia Derbas

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Objective: Drawing from a broader study exploring how New South Wales community members from racially minoritized backgrounds experienced living through a pandemic, this paper reports specifically on experiences of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Methods: Using an in-depth, qualitative interpretive approach, 11 semi-structured interviews and one focus group hosting three participants (n=14) were held via an online videoconferencing platform from September to December 2020. Inductive thematic analysis was undertaken using QRS NVivo as a data management tool. Results: Racism was heightened during the pandemic and experienced in various ways by racially minoritized peoples in New South Wales. All participants in this research cited experiences of racism that impacted their wellbeing during COVID-19. These experiences are represented by the following four themes: experiencing racism is common; how racisms are experienced; increased fear of racism during COVID-19; and ways of coping with racisms. Conclusions: Racism was heightened during the pandemic and generated fear and anxiety that prevented racially minoritized peoples from participating in everyday life. Implications for Public Health: Messaging from broader public platforms must be harnessed to stop the spread of moral panic so that during times of pandemic, public health strategies need only confirmation, not creation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100033
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number3
Early online dateApr 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


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