British backpacker claims there’s a ‘massive problem’ with Australia: ‘I don’t think it’s talked about enough’

A British backpacker working in Australia has claimed racism is a massive problem across the country. 

Archie Hawkins has spent almost a year travelling around the country but was left shocked by the racism towards Indigenous people.

‘Racism in Australia is a massive problem,’ he said in a video posted to social media last week.

‘I ain’t gonna sugarcoat this, but when you come to Australia, you do hear a lot of bad things about the Indigenous and Aboriginal people.’

Mr Hawkins said these racist opinions were completely erased once he started working alongside Aboriginal people

‘Recently, I’ve managed to work with a few of them, and, honestly, they’re some of the most kind, most sharing people I’ve ever met in my life,’ he said.

‘Every time you see them, they’d be so positive, so happy. They’re just really good people to be around.

‘So, don’t judge people by everyone else’s opinion on them. You will no doubt hear a lot of racism when you come to Australia. I don’t think it’s talked about enough.’ 

British backpacker Archie Hawkins (pictured) said Australia has a huge problem with racism 

Many agreed with the young man’s views.

‘It’s their country, their home for hundreds of years before us! Great people! They are a national treasure to Australia.’

Another added: ‘I completely agree. I was shocked by the level of racism in Oz. Very sad.’

A third said: ‘It’s so sad as someone that loves to travel. Australia is one place I’ve always wanted to go, especially as I have family there, but the stories you hear of racism put me off.’