“So what should be done. There should be a crackdown on people who do this to show it is unacceptable.
But there also should be action to explain to people that if they want to live in dynamic, prosperous, modern society it is going to be a multi racial and diverse and people of different beliefs, race and sexuality all have something to contribute. We are no longer a pale male and stale society and can’t turn the clock back centuries. That is why I think London rejected the Brexit case.
The problem is that we are left with a nasty backlash from people who see they have been left behind and want to take it out on anybody who is different to them. That must be tackled or we slip into a nasty, divisive country that no one will want to stay in.”
Racist abuse on a Manchester tram this week Pic credit:www.dazeddigital.com
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During both the first and second world wars my family came under suspicion and attack from people because our family name Hencke is German. At one stage we even considered changing it or Anglicising it to something like Henkey.
The reason was that we were at war with Germany and although our family left Germany via Holland in 1862 and we were virulently anti Nazi ( my mother is Jewish after all) the hatred of the foreigner was very high at this time.
Since the Brexit campaign there has been an upsurge in nasty, vicious attacks on EU people staying and working here and racist attacks against ethnic minorities which we have not seen for some time.
Frankly I blame Nigel Farage, UKIP and both Boris Johnson and Michael Gove for giving respectability and legitimacy to people who…
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