Since March 2020, when reports that the UK’s minority ethnic groups were being disproportionately affected by Covid-19 first came to light, CRER has been keeping a close eye on data showing racial disparities in the impact of the virus. Early reports showed that the first medics who lost their lives from the virus were all from BME backgrounds, and as time went on, evidence on this was building consistently in other parts of the UK.
As the public eye has been cast on racism in Scotland, its gaze stronger than anything we at CRER have seen since our organisation was founded 20 years ago, it’s possible that you missed the annual hate crime statistics being published.
Police Scotland defines hate crime as a crime against a person that is motivated by “malice or ill-will towards a social group”. A person can be a victim of a hate crime if either they or a witness believes they were targeted due to:
Recently, the Scottish Government held a roundtable discussion to address the lack of diversity and representation in public life and to consider ways to increase the participation of under-represented groups in elected office. As far as we understand, no representatives of political parties were invited, which is unfortunate, given that responsibility for ensuring equal participation of BME communities within party politics lies largely with parties themselves.
For the first time, detailed information on stop and search at a local level has been made available through Police Scotland’s Local Policing Management Information reports. Carol Young explores what this data tells us about race equality in stop and search.
Institutional racism in stop and search has long been seen as one area where England and Scotland diverge in terms of race equality. Inequalities are well evidenced south of the border, with people from Black communities s...
In the last week we have seen anti-racist organisations in Scotland voice concern over the decision by Crimestoppers to use the image of a Black man, hand cuffed and pinned to the ground, to highlight its work in tackling drug dealers with stories appearing in the Herald, Scotsman and Independent.
Organisations have rightly been quick to point out that members of the black and minority ethnic communities are far more likely to be the victims of crime in Scotland than perpetr...