A Hate Crime Named Destitution – reblogged from Sheffield RASAG

Originally posted on Sheffieldrasag's Blog:

 

“Whoever you are – I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”[1]

 

“Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…”[2]

 

Hate crime occurs when an antagonist is able to hurt a victim, physically, mentally, financially, sexually or in any manner where the motivation for committing that crime against you, or the expectation of being able to get away with that crime against you is discrimination, inequality or intended hatred.

 

During a recent survey of refugees and asylum seekers of all categories of status from destitute through to permanent resident’s status, almost 85% had experienced hate crime.  Among those 15% of people not having experienced hate crime 2/3 were destitute asylum seekers, so must be either lucky, scary, or fibbing.

 

The police do not have a sanctuary policy…

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  1. #1 by Sheffield R.A.S.A.G on November 22, 2012 - 1:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing :D

    • #2 by cathannabel on November 22, 2012 - 1:37 pm

      My pleasure – it is a powerful and moving piece.

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