A recent survey has revealed that the majority of Australians (57%) support the Jim Crow laws passed in the US during the 20th century.
This is the second year in a row that a majority of Australian voters are in favour of abolishing Jim Crow.
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) conducted a national survey of 1,500 Australians in July, with results from September 2017, revealing that: 55% of respondents believe the Jim Curls were racist laws, while another 35% think they were unfair and unnecessary.
The AEC found that more than a third of Australians believe the laws were unjust, while a third said they were “not discriminatory”.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the AEC said: “These results, which show that Australians are broadly in favour on these important issues, are encouraging and reinforce our view that removing discriminatory Jim Crow legislation is critical to ending racial inequality in Australia.”
But while the Aec is applauding Australians for their support, the issue is also controversial, as many Australians have criticised the government’s stance.
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