Anyone familiar with the under currents in British society would know that racism is still a problem, but the latest figures the from Home Office are staggering.
There were over 40,000 reported racial instances last year, 2011-12.
Given the nature of these crimes it is very likely an underestimate. The real figures are probably higher, but whatever the final count, over 40,000 is a terrible indictment on British society.
I doubt the awful figures will spur any societal introspection, that would be uncharacteristically British, and as we’ve seen the question of race in Britain is often brushed under the carpet, or left to fester until it oozes out on its own.
This is an extract:
“There were 43,748 hate crimes recorded by the police in 2011/12.
Note that this figure relates to the five monitored strands of hate crime classifications used by the criminal justice system and is not a count of crime as more than one form of hate crime can be assigned to an offence. Indicative data suggest that less than five per cent of hate crime offences have more than one monitored strand assigned (this ranged between 1% and 7% of offences for the 17 forces whose data was reviewed).
Of the 43,748 hate crimes recorded by the police:
- 35,816 (82%) were race hate crimes;
- 1,621 (4%) were religion hate crimes;
- 4,252 (10%) were sexual orientation hate crimes;
- 1,744 (4%) were disability hate crimes; and
- 315 (1%) were transgender hate crimes.
Race hate crimes accounted for the majority of hate crimes in all forces. “