Iain Clark (iainjclark) wrote,
Iain Clark
iainjclark

Aftermath

So many stories of openly racist behaviour emerging.

Some of this, no doubt, is confirmation bias. Racist outbursts have always occurred on the fringes of society and once you start actively looking for an uptick it won't be hard to find examples. The press does this all the time: one big earthquake means every minor tremor becomes news. But not only does the current run of incidents feel a bit more weighty than that, the character of the incidents is striking. The language is suddenly about repatriation, of 'why don't you go home', 'back where you came from'. That feels new. Or, rather, old. People openly expressing attitudes that have been culturally submerged for decades.

It's still anecdotal for now whether Brexit has emboldened these individuals - even if some are actively referring to it - but it's difficult not to see the influence of this sorry mess of a referendum, this free leg-up for UKIP and the far right.

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