This briefing paper is an attempt to restore much needed context to the ‘hate crime’ debate.
The paper is built around a consideration of 134 racist incidents that were reported in the media in the first month after the referendum: from 24 June to 23 July 2016. It draws on the database developed by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), which uses an online news aggregator which sources stories covered in local and national newspapers, as well as online news services.
Data from this paper will be useful when attempting to discern trends about geographic location, type of incident (eg abuse, physical assault, vandalism etc), the ethnicity and nationality of victims and perpetrators, and the response of the criminal justice system. Where necessary, the information that is inputted (with regard to the criminal justice system) has been supplemented through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.