On 25th May 2020, George Floyd was the victim of terrible brutality at the hands of the US police, and it is now an event that will live long in our memory as an abhorrent racist attack.
While nothing ‘good’ can ever come of an incident like this, it has proved to be a catalyst for people to take a greater stand against systemic racism, catapulting the international human rights movement ‘Black Lives Matter’ to be a global symbol of solidarity. It has caused us to ask ourselves what we can do to tackle racial inequality in the UK.
According to Stop Hate UK, race is the highest motivation for incidents of hate crime for the third year running. There were a record 103,379 hate crime offences in 2018-19 in England and Wales, of which 78,991 offences were related to race. Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK has stated that all forms of hate crime are significantly under-reported, suggesting that these figures may just be the tip of the iceberg.
We want a world where no one is threatened or feels unsafe due to the colour of their skin. We want to do everything we can to ensure anyone can speak out and demand action. It can be scary to report a hate crime for many reasons – perhaps it’s fear of reprisal, a general feeling of cynicism over whether something will actually be done or an apprehension of becoming involved in a judicial process.
Stop Hate UK provides vital support. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they work with police (either for investigation or further information) as well as local support agencies - such as victim services, local authorities and housing associations - to tackle hate crime.
Completed prosecutions with a conviction outcome for racially and religiously aggravated offences last year by the Crown Prosecution Service was 84.7%.
Many perpetrators would not have been brought to justice and marginalised people may not have had the courage to step forward and seek help, had it not been for the invaluable services offered by Stop Hate UK. We have to ensure these services can be accessed by as many people as possible, and encourage everyone to speak out whenever they witness or are the victim of hate crimes.
Like Stop Hate UK, we stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the events surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd. We want to do all we can to deliver justice for victims of hate crime and ultimately live in a society free of these attacks.
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Tropic’s donation to Stop Hate UK has extended the Stop Hate Line to a region of up to 1 million people.