Today a female police officer is suing the Metropolitan Police Service for racial discrimination. She is claiming that she was called the ‘n-word’ by a senior police officer as well as other racist remarks by colleagues.
Earlier this week Jada Pinkett Smith spoke out about how she will not attend the Oscars due to the lack of ethnic actors nominated for awards: (See link below)
Sam Smith took to Twitter to describe his shock after he experienced a friend getting verbally abused racially in London. Although the singer received a lot of backlash from the public as some felt that he lived a sheltered life.
However since then the pop star issued a statement saying:
In East Sussex however, the community are dealing with racism issues closer to home.
George Kyprianou-Hickman – an East Sussex representative in the UK youth parliament - explained why the youth MPs chose the ‘Don’t hate, educate’ campaign:
“I felt that racism was a really important topic because so many of the people I represent have suffered racial abuse. In the media at the moment it is a huge topic and I felt we should do all we can to make sure the message that goes out is accurate and doesn't create abusive stereotypes.
Hate crime is only on the rise due to many factors, but mainly the media portraying people that may belong to a certain religion or race in a negative way. I felt, we as the youth should do all we can to educate people against these stigmas and try to reduce hate based on beliefs and skin tone”
The Hastings campus of the University of Brighton chose to deal with such issues themselves, and set up their own African and Caribbean Society last year.