Teen to speak up against hatred

Heywood's Rhaedel Pickett was nominated for an anti-hate speech campaign.

Heywood's Rhaedel Pickett was nominated for an anti-hate speech campaign.

Rhaedel Pickett may only be 16, but the teenager’s voice has been recognised as an important one to help make Australian society more inclusive.

The year 11 student found out late last week she had been nominated to take part in a YouTube Australia initiative to tackle online hate speech.

Ms Pickett has taken on a variety of leadership roles, particularly in the Aboriginal community.

“I think it’s really important to counter the amount of online hate speech,” Ms Pickett said.

“Australia is considered the fair country and all that kind of stuff, but at the moment it's not really living up to its name.

“The majority of people who start online hate speech are just afraid of the unknown.”

Ms Pickett will head to the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney at the beginning of November for a series of workshops.

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