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Racism still a problem in Wales, warns report

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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RACISM remains a significant issue in Wales, with many incidents going unreported, a new study out today has said.

The research commissioned by the Race Council Cymru suggests experiences of ethnic minorities show racism is not being challenged or tackled.

It is a view supported by the Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council, which said that while the number of racist incidents in wider society appeared to have fallen over the past 30 years, there remained a vociferous racist minority.

And the group is encouraging victim to make sure they report incidents.

The council's chief executive Taha Idris said: "There has been a change over the years, in that there is a smaller amount of incidents, but those which are recorded are more serious.

"A lot of incidents are what could be called low level, such as verbal abuse, and what I have found is that people do not tend to complain. Fortunately, there are not too many serious offences, although we do have some.

"What would encourage people to make complaints of incidents? We have been working with police to tackle the problem, and they have been very good.

"But if people don't want to go to the police, then they can come to agencies like us.

"The number of instances have come down, which means people are probably not reporting them, because at a ground level we know they do happen, be it abuse from a passing car, or an assault or a threat.

"People should be reporting every incident."

The Race Council Cymru research acknowledges that many incidents go unreported, and also suggests the economic climate is adding new pressures, with evidence that discrimination is increasing as the labour market shrinks, and public sector cuts start to bite.

The study examined race equality in key issues including housing, education and employment. In housing, evidence was uncovered of racist perceptions in the allocation of accommodation, and for travellers and gypsies, a shortage of authorised traveller sites was said to be continuing to present problems.

In education, many respondents reported good awareness of multiculturalism but there were many accounts of children being bullied and called names at school.

Professor Heaven Crawley, director of the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea University, said: "Whilst race relations in Wales have improved over the past fifty years, significant challenges remain."

She added: "Reporting of racist incidents and hate crime to police continues to be a major problem.

"Some front-line police officers reinforce this pattern by encouraging people to 'keep their head down'."

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  • maxmin  |  November 27 2012, 3:34PM

    Hadoken I see you are beginning to rumble our friend Neathboy CLM AH. He is using the tactics of all fascists of trying to put labels on those he sees as being against his extremist views. I believe it was Goebbels who said 'Tell a lie often enough and in the end the people will believe it'. It is hardly surprising that he is using these tactics being so fond of the BNP that he can't go a day without publicising them. His recent admission that he is an anti Semite should tell us something of his true nature.

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  • Hadoken845111  |  November 25 2012, 8:39PM

    "Just as there will always be some people who feel the need to look down on others. It's all quite pathetic really" Neathboy Friday, November 23 2012, 9:33AM "i wouldn't want to meet U in town or anywhere else, i don't associate with your type." Sunday, November 25 2012, 6:49PM Sounds like looking down to me....

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 25 2012, 6:49PM

    Hadoken845111 your poor little fingers must be worn out after all that typing. BTW i wouldn't want to meet U in town or anywhere else, i don't associate with your type. One thing you are correct about is that i do concern myself a little too much with the extreme right wing. Fact is they are never going to get an MP and are a total irrelevance.

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  • Hadoken845111  |  November 25 2012, 6:18PM

    The reason Neathboy shouts bnp with no seemingly logical explanation is because he does not want to entertain the other side of the argument as he does not want to accept the issue of racism is riddled with DBL standards. All of which several people here have pointed out. So instead, he thinks that by calling you a member of the bnp he will be able to tarnish you with an organisation which has a reputation among the majority for being racist and will silence you and quash what you say, while requiring minimal intelligence from him. its kinda like guilt by association, except he tries in vain to go one better and says you belong to such an organisation even if you do not!!!! I personally enjoy it when such people do this because it allows me to explain what they are doing and it only raises awareness of the tactics that go on. Which only go on in an attempt to mask the inconsistencies that go against the goal of pushing racism as a tool of power that only works for minorities and is ironically racist in itself. I also note he is now jumping on the ukip bandwagon and trying to label them racists because he read on his little computer than a couple had adoption issues because they supported ukip. Hope I am not spoiling your online escape neathboy.

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  • Hadoken845111  |  November 25 2012, 5:14PM

    Neathboy has to be one of the biggest bell ends on this site, he is typical of every left wing idiot who labels you a racist or a daily mail reader, or a member of the bnp if your views are nothing but far left. This is also the tool bag who supports a gypsy camp in llansamlet. I think deep down its probably a retard whose too sane to be locked up and too screwed to get on in life, and so it just ended up as it is....

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  • Hadoken845111  |  November 25 2012, 5:09PM

    neathboy, any time you want to meet up in town I would be glad to, lets see who hides like a little girl. I can time it so it coincides with your dole cheque if you are lacking travel funds. Let me know home boy...

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 25 2012, 3:35PM

    Not forgetting Tory leader Michael Howard who described UKIP as cranks, gadflies and extremists. Of course to u maxmin UKIP would be quite moderate. For U the appeal of jackboots is far more alluring.

  • Neathboy234  |  November 25 2012, 3:30PM

    maxmin although Cameron once said that UKIP are 'fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists", personally i do not agree. To me they are just a lot of grey haired old men who's like to turn the clock back. As for members of UKIP being allowed to foster children i would say that is at best debatable.

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  • maxmin  |  November 25 2012, 3:23PM

    Neathboy CLM So we'll add UKIP members to your list shall we?

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 25 2012, 3:03PM

    maxmin don't try and deflect your racist views. It's U who supports the vile views of the BNP and your wish to do away with race laws proves this. People are finally waking up to the views of the right. Slightly off subject only this week foster children were taken away from UKIP supporters, to be honest it surprised me that UKIP supporters were allowed to foster at all. Quite shocking.

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