U.K. experiences large spike in racist-motivated incidents following Brexit vote
Thursday’s vote for the British to exit the European Union brought steep dips in global financial markets, but another unintended consequence was a sharp spike in racist incidents, the Washington Post reports.
London Police investigated what they referred to as a “racially motivated” attack against the Polish Social and Cultural Association, with graffiti saying “Go home.” The largest population of foreign-born people living in the U.K. are from Poland.
Leaflets were distributed in Cambridgeshire saying, “Leave the EU/No more Polish vermin” written in English and Polish.
People are also taking to Twitter to report incidents of racist language coming from Brexit supporters:
Last night a Sikh radiographer colleague of mine was told by a patient “shouldn’t you be on a plane back to Pakistan? we voted you out” 😞
— Dr. M. Ali Abbasi (@drmaliabbasi) June 26, 2016
“Table next to me says to Polish waitress “How come you’re so cheerful? You’re going home.” Him and the missus started laughing.” Disgusting — Jamie Pohotsky (@jamiepohotsky) June 24, 2016
Despite assurances that existing E.U. citizens legally living in the U.K., many immigrants are now unsure and concerned about their future.
All the while, British tabloids are predictably inciting fear and race-baiting with readers who believe immigrants are a threat.
— Kim Ghattas (@BBCKimGhattas) June 26, 2016