THERE is no better show on Australian television for giving an unfiltered, firstperson representation of marginalised groups in Australia. Tonight’s episode features African Australians – from several countries and socio-economic backgrounds – using their myriad voices to tackle some of the myths and prejudices which continue to be thrown at them. The first question is a doozy and truly makes you wonder how some still have a National Geographicinspired perspective on people from the 54 countries of the vast African continent. “Do you grow up in a hut?” While a couple of the respondents did indeed live in those circumstances, most of the people interviewed spent their childhoods in the suburbs of major cities in countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe. It is heartbreaking to hear how war has forced so many people to flee countries such as South Sudan or Ethiopia, to leave their homes and families in the quest for survival. And yes, the program gets to the “gang” question but the issue which is the most pressing of these times in Australia is the dominant thread through the program. “Is racism really that bad?” From the emphatic “Yes it is”, to the balanced “Yes and no” to the experience of it in “pockets” of our society, it is undeniable these amazing people have had to suffer the ignorant scourge of this prejudice whether they were born here or immigrated to Australia.