Crime > Is Brexit being used as an excuse to promote hate crime?

Posted on July 7, 2016

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Toyin Ogunyankinnu explores the aftermath of the EU referendum
Since the Brexit vote on the 24th of June, there has been a 50% increase in hate crime in London and a 75% increase in arrests over the past few weeks.

A total of 599 incidents of race hate crime were reported to the Metropolitan Police between 24 June and 2 July.

An act of hate crime is any crime where a person is targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

According to an article in the Guardian, a lot of people have experienced racist remarks such as:

“Why are these bloody immigrants in the same queue as we are?”
“Russians are all scumbags.”
“Poles should all leave.”
“Go back to your own country.”
“Get back to Africa.”

The victims said they felt embarrassed and even started questioning if they should stay in Britain.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says, “You can’t escape the link between the referendum and a surge in racial incidents.”

He added, ”My analysis is that there seems to be an impression that those involved in this sort of behaviour have permission to behave this way.”

What I think
I think the fact that we were part of the EU brought us closer together. Now that we are out of the EU everything is a mess. Hasn’t Britain heard of the phrase “united we stand, divided we fall” as said by Aesop, an ancient Greek slave?

Maybe that’s why we are heading towards a tornado just waiting to happen. Britain is meant to be a multicultural country, but how long will this last now we are no longer part of the EU?

After the vote came through it gave certain Brexit supporters the confidence to say what they were scared to say before about refugees, foreigners, immigrants and anyone who wasn’t like them.

I’m angry and scared. I used to be comfortable here in England but with everything going on it doesn’t feel like a safe haven any more. But as a Haringey girl I am proud to say there hasn’t been any increase in hate crime in my area.

As stated by local councillor, Eugene Ayisi and local police commander, Helen Millichap, “Our borough has a proud history of people working together for a better future.”

If you or someone close to you is experiencing any form of hate crime you’ve got to report it. Don’t keep it hidden, tell the police, as they will help you.

Toyin Ogunyankinnu
Toyin goes to Woodside High School in Wood Green. She loves writing, singing and reading and when she’s older she would like to be a journalist.

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9 Responses to Is Brexit being used as an excuse to promote hate crime?

  1. Shakira July 8, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    I think this is interesting. And sad.

    >“Get back to Africa.”

    IHMO…Strange that people would say this because leaving the EU would reduce the numbers of EU immigrants coming to the UK – not people from Africa. The same with Russia. This could suggest that there is more ”’hate in general”’ increase – but we cannot just assume that because there were other reasons people voted to leave the EU, particularly that some feel the UK didn’t have political reperesentation in the EU
    I would like to provide a source but I don’t have time.

    I think that people need more information on the EU and Britain outside of it especially now we have left.

    This is a great article.

  2. Sahara July 12, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    I think that the rise in hate crime in London is utterly distressing – London has always been known for its culturally diverse and welcoming citizens. The breadth of differences in our society is truly something that I enjoy, as the range of clothing styles, food and spoken languages are endless but uniting. I believe that we must not be discouraged by this outburst of hate crime in London – instead, we must come together as a collectivist society and relish the differences that we share.

  3. Will July 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    The viewpoint given by the writer here, is of a concerned Londoner with an outlook on the future of this country that is commonly shared with loads of others here in Britain. The reality is, there is a massive surge of discriminatory behaviour from varying sections of the British public that now all of a sudden is looking acceptable legit because Britain left the Eu.

  4. Quin January 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    This is very Serious

  5. Quin January 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    The article “is Brexit being used to promote hate crime” makes me feel uncomfortable knowing that people will use any chances or any excuse to be rude or racist or discriminate against someone who isn’t English or of English decent.

  6. Lloyd January 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    I feel sad that young people are suffering from discrimination and that Brexit is being used to promote hate crime

  7. Petros February 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    By taking in consideration that the author is a young adult who lives in London, their opinion in the article is very important. A very good point is made in Aesop’s quote “United we stand, divided we fall”. The message encouraging victims of hate crimes to report it is also very good and it will motivate people to report any forms of hateful abuse.

  8. Esztella Papp February 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    i think society has changed a lot since the olden times and there has been a vast amount of crime in the streets of London. It is very dangerous its unsafe for elderly and young adults to be honest it is not save for anyone due to all the crime and the fact England left the EU only made matters worse.i agree that our society has changed a lot and it hasn’t always changed for the good.

  9. hope June 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    This particular subject really got to me because it relates to something that a lot of youths my age have gone through. Hate, bullying. Whatever you want to call it. But, it’s really good that someone like yourself can open up about it and relate It to something such as the EU referendum which no one would guess had anything to do with hate crime.

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