Racism is treating someone differently or unfairly simply because they belong to a different race or culture.
What is racial hate crime?A race crime isn’t just when someone becomes a victim because of the colour of their skin, it can also include nationality, culture and language.
Any racial hate crime reported to the police is treated seriously because of the fear racist crime can create within communities.
Types of racist crimeAny crime committed against someone because of their race is classed as a 'racially aggravated' or 'racially motivated' offence. For example, someone could be threatened with violence or assaulted because of their race.
You don't have to be physically attacked or injured to be a victim of a race hate crime.
You could be subjected to abuse that you find offensive. It's also illegal for anyone to use threatening and abusive language or give out flyers or leaflets which could lead other people to commit a criminal act against someone because of their race.
If it's proven that the offender's main motivation was based on prejudice or their hatred of another race, the sentence can be more severe than for the same offence without a racial motivation.
Reporting a racial crimeIf you've been the victim of a crime and think you were targeted because of your race, you should make this clear to the police officer when you're giving your statement.
You should also make sure the incident is reported to your local community safety unit.
Every police force in the country has one of these units and it's their job to monitor and record the number of hate crimes committed in your area. They work in the community to combat the problem.
You can report an incident by:
Telephoning 101 or
Reporting a crime online
Unfortunately racism can exist in all races and cultures. Racists feel threatened by anyone from a different race or culture.
It is illegal to treat people differently or unfairly because of their race and no one has the right to make you feel bad or abuse you.
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