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Thinking about Orlando

Thinking about Orlando

By Jennifer Schweppe and Mark Walters The attack on the LGBTQI community in Orlando this weekend is reverberating across the globe. With 50 people dead and 53 injured at the time of writing, the mass shooting represents an attack, not just on Orlando, on Florida, or on the United States, but an attack on the…

Islamophobia in the 21st century: Is history repeating?

Islamophobia in the 21st century: Is history repeating?

By Alexander Bisset, Student, University of Sussex, School of Law. It is said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, perhaps an overused cliché lacking relevance in the modern age? For the people of the Jewish faith it is an epithet seared into the living consciousness. ‘Kristallnacht‘, the night Jews…

Pride, Prejudice and Politics: Global Tensions in Effecting Sexual and Religious Rights

Pride, Prejudice and Politics: Global Tensions in Effecting Sexual and Religious Rights

Dr Marian Duggan It is Gay Pride season across the globe as many cities come together to celebrate all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ). As well as promoting achievements, the Gay Pride parade has become a necessary political platform for many sexual minorities to demonstrate ongoing prejudice, inequality and oppression. The first…

Poland is stepping up the fight against hate

Poland is stepping up the fight against hate

By Piotr Godzisz For the first time, the Polish government agrees that people targeted because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability deserve the enhanced protection purportedly offered by hate crime laws. From the point of view of scholarship, the on-going debate provides some interesting insights on the internationalization of anti-hate policies, identity politics…

Disability Hate Crime Motivation Survey

Disability Hate Crime Motivation Survey

Over the last few years many disability hate crime campaigners have called for perpetrator analysis. I am one of those: I have been advocating for it since 2008, when I wrote the disability hate crime report, Getting Away With Murder, (for the UK Disabled People’s Council, Disability Now magazine and Scope). At the (British) Disability…

Racist hate crimes: Why do they do it?

Racist hate crimes: Why do they do it?

The massacre of nine African Americans in Charleston by a young man hell bent on starting a “race war” has sent shock waves across the world. Such brutal acts of violence remind us of what seems to be an ever increasingly fractured global society. Despite the wilfully blind trying to maintain the myth of a…

Is Racism on the Rise in Britain?

Is Racism on the Rise in Britain?

By George Brockman, University of Sussex In an incident that evokes memories of the rampant racism in football in the 1970s and 1980s, Chelsea fans at an away game in Paris have recently been filmed refusing to allow a black man on to the Metro and singing racist chants. The subsequent outcry has once again…

Stirring up hatred against disabled and trans people: does hate crime legislation go far enough?

Stirring up hatred against disabled and trans people: does hate crime legislation go far enough?

By Beatrice Webster edited by Mark Walters, University of Sussex Hate crime continues to be a pervasive form of abuse that affects hundreds of thousands of victims every year. For some time now, both racially and religiously motivated crimes have caught the attention of the media and, in turn, the various government agencies tasked with tackling crime….

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