Racism unleashed: True extent of the ‘explosion of blatant hate’ that followed Brexit vote revealed

Exclusive: Prime Minister accused of helping create the ‘hostile environment’ that paved the way for ‘F*** off to Poland’ messages, excrement through letter boxes, and racist abuse from children as young as ten The full extent and true nature of the “blatant hate” that has beset post-Brexit Britain is today detailed for the first time after The Independent was given exclusive access to a database of more than 500 racist incidents compiled in the weeks since the EU referendum. The hatred that has divided British society in the past month features “F*** off to Poland” letters in Tunbridge Wells, wealthy London diners refusing to be served by foreign waiters, dog excrement shoved through letter boxes in Rugby, and racist abuse from children as young as ten. A picture of nationwide hatred emerged after The Independent was allowed exclusive access to a database of accounts collected by the social media sites PostRefRacism, Worrying Signs and iStreetWatch. Race hate incidents that have occurred since the June 23 EU referendum   What the social media sites in their own report describe as an “explosion of blatant hate” has included:  * Gangs prowling the streets demanding passers-by prove they can speak English * Swastikas in Armagh, Sheffield, Plymouth, Leicester, London and Glasgow.   * Assaults, arson attacks and dog excrement being thrown at doors or shoved through letter boxes. * Toddlers being racially abused alongside their mothers, with children involved as either victims or perpetrators in 14 per cent of incidents.   * A man in Glasgow ripping off a girl’s headscarf and telling her “Trash like you better start obeying the white man.” * Comparisons with 1930s Nazi Germany and a crowd striding through a London street chanting: “First we’ll get the Poles out, then the gays!”   Incident by incident – the grim litany of post-Brexit hate crime And in their own report – written with the support of the Institute of Race Relations – the three social media groups accuse the Prime Minister Theresa May of helping create the “hostile environment” that paved the way for post-referendum racism.
Criticising Ms May’s record as Home Secretary, and in particular her endorsement of advertising vans telling illegal immigrants “Go Home or face arrest”, the authors of Post-referendum racism and xenophobia say:  “If a hostile environment’ is embedded politically, it can’t be a surprise that it takes root culturally.”

via independent: Racism unleashed: True extent of the ‘explosion of blatant hate’ that followed Brexit vote revealed

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