UK Xenophobia

Why Is Xenophobia Still An Acceptable Form Of Bigotry?

Beth Leslie | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Leslie

It is a quirk of democracy that the achievement of power often diminishes your ability to speak freely. Luckily I am neither famous nor dependent on the votes of those who disagree with me, and so I can say what Gordon Brown could not...

My Immediate, Unplanned, Angry Response To Tory Racist Rhetoric

Ben Moore | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

To discriminate against people on the basis of their place of birth is prejudice and once upon a time it was illegal in this country. Your party shames the memory of our heritage, shames the country it claims to represent and shames me. I hope it shames you too.

Brexit Britain: A Foreign Student's Blues

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

All things considered, I am no longer sure I want to stay. The only consideration keeping me here is last year's £18,000 university fee - it would really be a waste not to graduate. I can only hope that as Britons are confronted by a longer non-EU queue at Charles de-Gaulle's airport and the need to apply for a visa for a weekend break in Stockholm, these attitudes will change.

Stand Up For What You Believe In - But Be Prepared For A Rough Ride

Frederika Roberts | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

In my keynotes and workshops, I always remind my audiences of how important it is for our own wellbeing, happiness and resilience to be part of someth...

I Confronted A Guy Insulting Refugees And It Turned Into A Kafkaesque Nightmare

Hannah Wolff | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK
Hannah Wolff

That's when my decency as a human being obliged me to turn around and ask muscle guy if this was really necessary to which his response was that it indeed was necessary. When I asked him why he explained that refugees 'have done a lot to him', not clarifying what exactly they have done to him. His girlfriend added wisely that 'at some point refugees just become annoying'.

A Holiday from Labour Madness

Julian Vigo | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

As the Labour Party is continues its total meltdown that rivals any Shonda Rhimes production (actually, at this point I think it outdoes Rhimes), many...

Labour Needs to Address Immigration - Positively

Abdulla Zaman | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abdulla Zaman

Labour is now paying for its own silence. It let the anti-migrant narrative go unchecked and, in doing so, it gave ground to the xenophobic factions within the Conservatives and Ukip. With the premiership of Theresa May, the stakes are much higher.

Big Jump In Number Of Hate Crimes, New Figures Show

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK

More than 3,000 hate crimes and incidents were reported to police in the first half of July - a jump of a fifth compared to last year. It takes the ...

Political Experiments, Divisive Narratives: How Brexit Jolted Memories of Soviet Collapse

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around...

A Tale of Two Mosques

Richard Reoch | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

As a Buddhist, I have spent the last month - to the surprise of many - visiting the morning and evening prayers at my local mosque during this holy month of Ramadan. In brutal contrast, this morning I woke up to the news that my fellow Buddhists in Southeast Asia had just razed a local mosque to the ground.

Expert Explains The Spike Of Post-Brexit Racism And It's Quite Scary

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.07.2016 | UK

The UK is seeing a surge of "celebratory racism" after the vote to leave the European Union, as some white Brits feel they have "finally got something...

Why I'll Be Leaving Post-Brexit Britain

Laura Hicks | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Hicks

It may seem drastic to some to move country entirely. It may even seem cowardly to 'bail' on a country that has given so much over the years. But sometimes a break up should come when a relationship is no longer helping you grow as a person. And unfortunately, I don't think the UK is an environment that will help my children grow up as stable and tolerant people as long as their mother is getting racial abuse shouted at her.

Brexit: It's Time to Fight Back With Education and Hope

Nathan Coyle | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nathan Coyle

I will always be proud of where I come from, but I am not proud of the institutions that represent us as they have quite clearly failed us. In the process they have created a legacy that the people who live in our neighbourhoods will need to clean up.

I Want to Find the Right Words

Juno Roche | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Juno Roche

I want to have words, words that mean something and words that matter. But I feel slightly hopeless on this morning that we start to break away from t...

Black, British and Bloody Terrified: What Brexit Means to Me

Jade E. Bradford | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jade E. Bradford

The idea that people are now feeling empowered by this vote to scream at people like me in the face, telling me to go home when this is the only home I know, is too much to process. Until now, I've never thought I needed to be afraid.

Sadiq Khan Puts Police On High Alert For Hate Crime Following Brexit Vote

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK

Britain’s largest police force has been placed on heightened alert for any rise in hate crime in the wake of last week's EU referendum result. May...

People Are Fighting Abuse Against Polish People In Wake Of Brexit With These Messages

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK

Reports of racist attacks and graffiti have been appearing around the country in the wake of the EU referendum result. One incident has led police to ...

This Is Not OK

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

On hearing the Brexit result, my grandad texted me saying "Hopefully we'll find a way to fix things and make this OK". Like me he was shocked, disappointed and hurt that this was the choice made by such a significant proportion of Brits.

A Letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Joana Keys | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Joana Keys

Dear David Cameron, This is what you did. This is what you did for asking a question that should never have been asked. You gave racists, xenophobes and bigots a government-sponsored justification to make us 'go back'. Did you ever think this would be any different? Can you hear the chants in Great Portland Street saying 'make Britain white again' all the way from your high horse?

The UK's Xenophobia Problem

Julian Vigo | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

The irony is that whatever this vote results for those of us in the UK, the meanings for those who have been "welcomed," in theory, to this country, know that deep down nothing will change until the domestic problems are addressed in the framework of their occurrence, without bringing into the discussion or even mentioning the liminal space that immigrants hold in society as they hammer out their work daily, only to realise that they are most unwelcome in this new country which they call home.

The EU Referendum: Tories Sharpen Their Cutlasses Whilst The Baby Learns To Swim

Karl Davis | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Karl Davis

So it would appear that the 'Leave' campaign has been victorious. Four long months of propaganda, mistruths, and barely veiled xenophobia have managed...

Europe: A Messy Debate of the Heart

Catherine Anderson | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine Anderson

I ask myself, what sort of a European do I want to be? An embracer of diversity. A participant, not a quitter. A reformer, not a destroyer. And being that European means, also, that I can strive to be the best Briton I can.

Brexit: An Emigrant's View From Belgium

Jessica Smith | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jessica Smith

Despite being born and raised in England, I no longer identify as British. It feels unsettling to say so, and I should add that I still hold a UK passport and have a deep affection for my country of origin. However, having having spent almost a third of my life living in France and Belgium, and learned a second language, I now see myself as European.

An Open Letter to a Generation I Once Admired

Darryl Morris | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Darryl Morris

Look around you. Look at the poison you have created and ask yourself, what are you leaving me? This is your legacy and, regardless of Thursday's result, my generation may well spend the rest of our lives cleaning up.

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Ben Johns | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.