I don't often cross-post (I don't often post on Facebook, but it needed to be heard there too), but:
Okay, this may be a lengthy post, so please skip if you feel the need.
On Thursday last week, a majority - slim, but nevertheless a majority - voted that the UK should leave the EU. It's certainly not the result I'd hoped for, and I had a nagging feeling in the run-up to casting my ballot that it would go the "wrong" way. In the early hours of Friday morning my fears were confirmed.
Fine. Well it's not fine, really, but the deed is done. It didn't go the way I wanted it to but I will accept that. Ish. There are wheels turning in various political machines to devise ways of reversing/getting round the decision, but that's another topic.
Let's remember what the referendum options were:
- Remain a member of the European Union
- Leave the European Union
We've had the vote, but it's not legally binding, and no decision has officially been made. We're still part of the EU, and will be until this magical "Article 50" process has been triggered and completed. Until then, we're still citizens of the EU, and we will still be human beings and residents of Planet Earth.
The "Leave" vote wasn't an excuse to abuse people. It's not open-season on migrants, whether they originate from the EU or not. It's not permission to harass anyone who appears to have a foreign accent or differently-coloured skin.
It is not an excuse to blame our own woes on those who came here to make a better life for themselves or their families, while trying to contribute to the new society in which they have found themselves.
In short, I'm sick of the amount of racism I've seen online recently. There's no need for it, and let's not forget that hate crimes are crimes.