Keep Racism Out Of The General Election
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The snap election called by Theresa May for 8th June raises the serious prospect of a further rise in racism. Hate crimes soared by 41% following last year’s EU Referendum, and much of the same toxic scapegoating which fuelled this rise now threatens to dominate the General Election.
UKIP launched their manifesto with a pledge to stop Muslim women wearing the Burka. In the wake of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban and a shocking rise in anti-Muslim hate crime fuelled by the far-right and sections of the press, Islamophobia must be challenged at every point in this campaign.
Theresa May is imposing draconian rules on immigration and has refused to guarantee the rights of EU nationals. Migrants and refugees are being blamed for the effects of economic stagnation and austerity - in fact they play an indispensable role in society and the economy, staffing crucial public services and contributing through the tax system.
There is no place for racism and scapegoating in our political discourse. We call on all political leaders, media outlets, candidates and campaigns to refrain from the scapegoating of migrants and refugees and take responsibility for halting the rise of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
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