Seven’s ‘African gangs’ segment labeled ‘racist’

The episode, which saw French calling on her attackers to “be deported to where they came from”, ended on an attempt at harmony, with French sitting face to face with Torit Chol Bol, a rapper and reformed convict who recounted the racism he faced in Australia after arriving as a refugee from war-torn South Sudan.

Anger at the segment first erupted over a promo Seven shared ahead of Sunday’s broadcast, which featured the words “African Gangs” over cobbled footage of armed robberies and street riots.

“Their crimes are sending chills across Australia, leaving lives devastated,” a forceful voiceover said in the promo.

The clip sparked an immediate backlash online, with Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane among those criticising Seven.

“The promotion of this smacks of fear-mongering and…

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