Berkshire Crime: Black Lives Matter protests may have resulted in a worrying increase in racial attacks around Berkshire
Black Lives Matter could have led to a worrying increase in hate crime in the Thames Valley region – which includes Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire – the Home Office has said.
Racially motivated crimes were the most recorded hate crimes in the Thames Valley region between 2020 and 2021, a figure higher than all other hate crimes combined.
This is according to new data released by the Interior Ministry.
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There were 3,214 racially motivated crimes recorded in the Thames Valley region between March 2020 and March 2021, with all other hate crimes reaching a figure of 1,082.
Racially motivated attacks have increased across the UK and account for 74% of all hate crimes.
The Home Office has suggested the push may have something to do with Brexit and the backlash from the Black Lives Matter protests.
In the Thames Valley region, there were 369 disability-related crimes, 90 transgender hate crimes, 160 religion-related hate crimes, and 463 sexual orientation crimes.
Hate crimes motivated by religious factors and crimes against persons with disabilities decreased from the previous year, while all other hate crimes increased.
A misdemeanor is called a hate crime when the perpetrator committed the crime in part because of prejudice to the victim for a characteristic or attribute such as the color of their skin or their sexual orientation.
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In the year ending March 2021, 124,091 hate crimes were recorded in England and Wales and 92,052 of these were race-related hate crimes.
The report shows that racially motivated hate crimes in the UK increased by around 12% between those dates.
The Interior Ministry website states: âIncreases in hate crimes were observed around the EU referendum in June 2016 and the terrorist attacks in 2017.
âThere was also an increase in hate crimes against public order during the summer of 2020 following the widespread Black Lives Matter protests and far-right counter-protests. “
Racially motivated hate crimes have increased year on year.
There were over 58,000 cases in 2016/17, this figure has increased to over 64,000 in 2017/2018 and the figure in 2020/2021 is 92,052.
Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, a Black Lives Matter protest took place in central Reading.
There have also been other BLM protests in Berkshire, notably in Wokingham and Slough.
Areas such as Reading and Slough are much more diverse than other parts of Berkshire which are embodied in celebrations such as the Reading Carnival which welcomes the Caribbean to celebrate their culture.
There are also two Sikh religious parades in the city and celebrations during Eid.
The Reading Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) chief executive Victor Koroma previously told BerkshireLive that “All of these things improve the city and make it what it is today.”
He also said: “Our work to create racial equality has continued since 1968.”
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Discussing the new statistics on race-related hate crimes, Race Equality Foundation CEO Jabeer Butt OBE said: âThe latest hate crime figures paint a grim picture of equality in the UK.
âThe fact that almost three-quarters of hate crimes were racially motivated shows how far there is yet to be done in building a truly tolerant and anti-racist society.
âWhile part of the overall 9% increase in hate crimes can be attributed to improved crime recording, it is all too clear that too many people still face simply gruesome attacks. based on who they are.
âThe government’s hate crime action plan has clearly failed and needs urgent reconsideration. “
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