Brexit poll: People Less Tolerant
According to the Opinium Poll, over half of British Ethnic Minorities believe the UK has become less racially tolerant since Brexit. This revelation comes on the heels of a Trade Union Congress survey that found 34 percent of Black Minority and Ethnic people have either witnessed or been the victims of abuse and harassment because of their cultural backgrounds.
According to a concerning TUC report:
• 1 in 5 BAME people (19 per cent) have suffered or witnessed racial assault
• 2 in 5 (41 per cent) have heard racist remarks or opinions
• 2 in 5 people (38 per cent) have seen racist material online
• 1 in 4 (27 per cent) have seen racist graffiti, posters or leaflets
Trade Union Congress general secretary Frances O’Grady says:
“This is further evidence that Brexit has given racism a shot in the arm. Discrimination has never gone away, but since the referendum racism has been on the rise.
It’s time for the government to act. Employers should be held accountable for staff abused by members of the public, and employment tribunal fees should be dropped.
“I’d encourage anyone who has been harassed or mistreated at work to talk to their union rep or join a trade union. And we all have a responsibility to call out racist harassment wherever we see it.”
Reported By Eastern Eye