Friday, 1 July 2016

This is England (and Wales) 2016

I cannot believe this is happening here. It makes me weep.
The dividing line between civility and barbarity can seem distant and remote, but in reality the line is so easily crossed, almost before you notice it's there.

History is full of periods where the line was crossed, where people who had been neighbours for decades, families that had lived along side each other as friends for generations, turned on each other murderously, as those pursuing right wing agendas exploited anxieties and fears through the promotion of hatred and suspicion.

To say this is not to be over the top, examples exist throughout recent history: Rwanda, former Yugoslavia, many parts of Europe during the late 1930s and early 40s. Ironically, the EU emerged as an attempt to prevent a recurrence of this.

This is not something you play with. We sat and watched while our politicians did just that, bringing their decades-long game of blame the migrant to its most damaging climax (no doubt soon to be recommenced) in the EU Referendum campaign. 

Now we're here standing on the line.

Turn back Britain. Turn back.

Go out and smile at everyone you pass. Be kind. Share. And if you witness aggression and abuse, stand with, stand alongside, the person being abused. Show them they are not alone.

[Check the comments below this post for continually updated list of links to articles on post-Brexit racist incidents, plus one or two overviews. 
I'll be posting these here as I come across them]

36 comments :

  1. https://audioboom.com/boos/4757039-german-immigrant-s-heartbreaking-call-to-james-in-full

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  2. http://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2016/06/28/halal-butchers-worker-hit-by-petrol-bomb-thrown-into-walsall-store/#QjMsTz1ho9Qo02OR.99

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  3. http://metro.co.uk/2016/06/28/spanish-and-turkish-restaurants-in-lewisham-have-had-their-windows-smashed-5970826/

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  4. http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14584958.Swedish_mum_in_York_told_______off_back_to_your_own_country_/?ref=fbshr

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  5. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/29/manchester-tram-racism-two-bailed-one-remains-in-custody

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  6. http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14584873.___Speak_English_____what_kids_shouted_at_Polish_child_as_Brexit_vote_sparks_verbal_attacks_across_Dorset/

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  7. http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/jewish-lecturer-attacked-on-train-for-carrying-schlep-bag/

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  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36640447

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  9. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/29/frenzy-hatred-brexit-racism-abuse-referendum-celebratory-lasting-damage?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-36667752

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  11. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/londoners-speak-out-after-being-targets-of-racist-abuse-following-brexit-vote-a3283331.html

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  12. https://leftfootforward.org/2016/06/brexit-racism-is-real-last-night-it-happened-to-me/

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  13. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bbc-presenter-racially-abused-cyclist-8316080

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  14. http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/polish-shopkeepers-in-plymouth-face-stark-rise-in-racial-abuse-after-eu-referendum/story-29459391-detail/story.html

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  15. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/polish-girl-8-abused-by-classmates-and-german-cars-vandalised-in-london-in-vile-outpouring-of-hate-a3283641.html

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  16. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/30/police-report-fivefold-increase-race-hate-crimes-since-brexit-result?CMP=share_btn_tw

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  17. https://www.facebook.com/Post-Ref-Racism-205471743181923/

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  18. BBC presenter Trish Adudu racially abused in Coventry - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-36683083

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  19. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/southampton-eid-event-for-muslims-cancelled-over-security-fears-as-far-right-group-announce-anti-a7113436.html

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  20. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153498038440448&id=629230447

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  21. Armagh: Swastika and far-right graffiti sprayed on house - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36656556

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  22. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/brexit-race-hate-crime-eu-referendum-met-police-a7121401.html

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  23. http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/polish-man-badly-hurt-in-racially-aggravated-assault-following-eu-referendum/story-29478575-detail/story.html

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  24. http://m.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-mother-hit-in-face-on-bus-for-confronting-islamophobic-couple-with-three-young-children/story-29486618-detail/story.html

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  25. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/man-stabbed-hard-alleged-racist-11565469

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  26. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3678634/Family-Egyptian-refugees-Cardiff-say-racist-attacks-increased-Brexit-vote.html

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  27. co.uk/news/firefighters_investigate_arson_at_eastern_european_shop_in_magdalen_street_norwich_1_4608759?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

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  28. Polish family's Plymouth home damaged in 'race hate arson attack' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-36737529

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  29. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/world/europe/brexit-immigrants-great-britain-eu.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1

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  30. http://metro.co.uk/2016/07/19/men-rubbed-fake-poo-on-four-year-old-girls-face-in-racist-attack-6015714/

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  31. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3697655/Man-55-pulled-veil-Muslim-woman-s-face-throwing-ground-shouting-racist-abuse-shopping-centre.html

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  32. http://m.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/man-builds-his-own-brexit-border-control-out-of-wheelie-bins/story-29531770-detail/story.html

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  33. http://m.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/man-builds-his-own-brexit-border-control-out-of-wheelie-bins/story-29531770-detail/story.html

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  34. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153921770846939&id=6622931938

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  35. https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/gps-brexit-eu-rise-racism/

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  36. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/brexit-hate-crime-racism-immigration-eu-referendum-result-what-it-means-eurospectic-areas-a7165056.html

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