Racism remains a significant issue in Wales, with many incidents going unreported, a new study out today has said.
The research commissioned by the Race Council Cymru…
Ah. Right. There’s a disinterested, objective party, eh?
… suggests experiences of ethnic minorities show racism is not being challenged or tackled.
Because only ethnic minorities ever experience racism. Of course.
It is a view supported by the Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council…
Oh, look! Another totally non-biased party!
… which said that while the number of racist incidents in wider society appeared to have fallen over the past 30 years, there remained a vociferous racist minority.
Feeling a little exposed? The chill wind of potential unemployment about to blow round your ankles?
Quick, start to dismiss any suggestion that the drop in reported incidents might be a sign that things are getting better!
The council’s chief executive Taha Idris said: …. “A lot of incidents are what could be called low level, such as verbal abuse, and what I have found is that people do not tend to complain. Fortunately, there are not too many serious offences, although we do have some.”What would encourage people to make complaints of incidents? We have been working with police to tackle the problem, and they have been very good.
“But if people don’t want to go to the police, then they can come to agencies like us.
“The number of instances have come down, which means people are probably not reporting them, because at a ground level we know they do happen, be it abuse from a passing car, or an assault or a threat.
“People should be reporting every incident.”
Mmm, yes, you would say that, wouldn’t you?
Professor Heaven Crawley, director of the Centre for Migration Policy Researchat Swansea University, said: “Whilst race relations in Wales have improved over the past fifty years, significant challenges remain.”She added: “Reporting of racist incidents and hate crime to police continues to be a major problem.
“Some front-line police officers reinforce this pattern by encouraging people to ‘keep their head down’.”
Well, what’s wrong with that? Aren’t we always being exhorted by the police not to put valuables on show in case we tempt muggers?
How is this different?