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:
In the 20 years since CRER was founded (under our original name, Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance), we have never seen anything approaching the level of interest in racism and racial inequality triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It is genuinely unprecedented. Indeed, you might be coming across our work for the first time right now – in which case, welcome!
The upsurge of Black voices and the strength of solidarity from allies (including most of Scotland’s promi...
Today, 12th March 2019, the Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights launches an anti-racist poster campaign aimed at encouraging the public to intervene in racist incidents. The poster shows a white person shouting racist abuse at a Black person. A third person ponders what they heard and what they should do about it. In Scotland, we hear racism daily on the buses, in taxis, at libraries, doctors’ surgeries, sports clubs, museums and pubs. What do we do about it?
Aside from the few cases of race discrimination which hit the headlines, we don’t hear much about how Britain’s equality laws are upheld. To the casual observer, this probably seems quite natural. The Employment Tribunal system is so far removed from our everyday lives that we barely perceive it, assuming that it simply toils away in the background, resolving other people’s discrimination problems ten a penny.
But what happens when someone needs to use its services – say, fo...
After over 80 years, a gross injustice has at last been righted in the U.S.
It was an intriguing old photo from a Glasgow newspaper that had belonged to my Dad that led me to find out about the tragic tale of the Scottsboro Boys. The old Press photo showed a black woman heading up some kind of demonstration in the 1930s, the time of the Depression. Her prominence was unusual at the time on the double count of her gender and her colour.