Anti-racism group links teacher’s stabbing to language over migrants

An anti-racism charity claims the racially motivated stabbing of a black teacher is linked to the anti-immigrant language used by politicians. A teenage boy who stabbed a teacher, Vincent Uzomah, and boasted about the attack in racist terms on Facebook was given an 11-year sentence on Monday at Bradford crown court. Laura Pidcock, education manager at the anti-racism education charity Show Racism the Red Card, said the incident, on 11 June, should be seen in the context of derogatory remarks about migrants made recently by politicians and the media. “Any politician that uses dehumanising language about humans is contributing to racism,” she told the Guardian. “Of course there isn’t a linear pattern where a young person hears a politician and then goes out and commits a racist hate crime. But what we notice in classrooms is that students are hearing dehumanising language. Anyone in a position of influence who uses dehumanising language is part of the process of dehumanisation, especially if they are someone who has a massive platform like the prime minister. “Using ‘swarming’ as language to describe humans who are fleeing persecution is definitely going to compound the notion that immigrants are here to exploit the place and… Read full this story

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