What has changed post-Brexit? It can’t be coincidence but hate crime has risen. Yes, over the last year it had been rising anyway, particularly race, Islamophobia and disability hate crime. But in ten years I’ve experienced barely 6-8 trans/gender hate/offence incidents – the problem is that half were within the last 3 weeks, today included, on St Stephens by a mother first, then her partner, and all in front of their child and other shoppers. What message does that send? It seems with Brexit and the xenophobic campaign that led to it the brakes are off, or another metaphor, someone took the lid off the rubbish bin and now we can smell the rotting stench. Xenophobia is about more than just race and nationality, it’s a fear, distrust and disgust at that which is different. It’s like Brexit wants to roll back to the 70s or 50s before diversity was celebrated. We need to stand up for people when we witness attacks, offence, rudeness based upon a person’s being different, being foreign, being disabled. Did courtesy and respect die with the Referendum? It feels like the gloves have come off. But as we fight for the soul and future of our multicultural nation whilst we should be prepared to fight, so to speak, we need to do so according to different rules. Not retaliating like for like but enquiring, educating, living in the opposite spirit. The Referendum campaigns were discredited through both sides’ dirty tricks and lies. We need to restore trust to political and personal engagement if we are to create a better world.
What has changed post-Brexit? by Katy Jon Went
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