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HMG should enact legislation against making racial (other verbal) abuse/taunts & harassment in public & preventing such abuse from escalating further

Submitted on Monday 19th December 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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HMG should enact legislation against making racial (other verbal) abuse/taunts & harassment in public & preventing such abuse from escalating further

Additional Information

The Race Relations Act 1976 & Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 do not address the issues of racial taunts in a public place, like youths in parks making meaningless taunts to passerbys. We need new legislation to ensure police take racial taunts in public seriously & take appropriate action immediately to prevent such taunts escalating further into other crimes. Using racial (or any other verbal taunts) insults can SEVERLY affect a person’s self-concept & cause distress, alarm, persecute the victim in the ACTUAL receiving end of such verbal & psychological abuse. What is regarded as racism depends on the context, intention, frequency & manner it was said. Racist terms used can range from banter, carelessness, a form of swearing to degrading prejudice, expressing disgust, as well as bullying, hatred, discrimination, etc. Even if racial remarks are said as a form of swearing & thus ‘letting off steam’, it should be discouraged. Racial prejudices can also be disguised as ‘jest’.


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