What has changed post-Brexit? by Katy Jon Went


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.


About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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