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.