Discrimination and hate crime is too often happening in the UK today and it is being overlooked.
50 years after the Race Relations Act (1965) was passed, it appears that racism is still alive throughout British culture.
The stigma of racism may now be frowned upon, and there may be laws protecting against hate crime attacks, but casual racism is still overlooked by the majority of society.
Whether it be through stereo-types of religion such as islamophobia, or comments about immigration issues encouraged by mainstream political agendas.
There has been an increase in acceptance of negative attitudes recently, leading up to and following the all-important Brexit referendum.
This is influenced by the increase of political figures such as UKIP’s Nigel Farage and President-elect Donald Trump, enforcing and justifying negative attitudes towards religious and ethnic minority groups.
Since the 23rd June, when 52% of the public voted in favour of Brexit, reported hate crime had risen by 57 percent within four days of the referendum. More than 6,000 instances of hate crime were reported to police between mid-June and mid-July according to the National Police Chief’s council.
These hate crimes include name-calling, harassment, violence and property damage. The decision to leave the EU has rewarded these negative ideas towards immigration and equality for minority groups, with justification that it is ok to discriminate.
We must also consider that not all instances will have been officially reported. The significant difference in the amount of police records and the responses to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, suggests that only one in four hate crimes are actually reported.
People are ignorant to the harsh reality of casual racism and discrimination still being a huge issue in our modern society. With no indication that reports of hate crimes will fall, the public need to acknowledge the reality of the topic in order for real solutions and transformations to be made.
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