The UK is to leave the European Union after Brexit supporters triumphed with 52 per cent of the vote.
While there have been attempts to frame the victory as a way to 'make Britain great again' by shedding EU regulations, doing away with their shoddy bureaucracy and getting a handle on immigration, people up and down the country have been horrified to notice anecdotal incidents of racism which seems to be related to the Leave decision.Picture: Reuters
The campaign was dogged with accusations of racist whistleblowing - and post-Brexit, this element has continued.
A few activists, scared by the bigotry the vote appears to have inspired, have set up social media accounts under the name Post Ref Racism with the aim of collating evidence of newly charged racial harassment and hate speech following the vote.
It seems that the referendum result has validated and vindicated racist views; racist behaviour is now shameless in its expression. This cannot go unchallenged.
We must not stand by and tolerate the normalisation and mainstreaming of racism. Just because we’ve voted to leave the European Union DOES NOT mean there is a democratic mandate for racist harassment, aggression, intimidation or hate speech.
The organisers hope it will encourage people to feel empowered enough to call hate speech out when it happens, knowing they aren't alone.
This increase we are experiencing needs to be documented, and people need to feel equipped to shut down the racism they witness/experience (assuming it is safe to do so). That is why this space has been created.
Some of the examples collected and submitted so far under the hashtag #PostRefRacism are not pretty.
Remember: you can report all hate crime to the police here: www.report-it.org.uk.