British spoken word performer George the Poet has released a video addressing the issue of hate crime, and it is definitely something you need to see.
The video was released in conjunction with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and organisation which attempts to fight hate crimes and the bigotry that lies at their root. It is also a message of encouragement to victims to report hate crime.
The release of the video also coincided with the anniversary of British leftwing MP Jo Cox’s murder by a neo Nazi in 2016.
The poem begins with a line saying, “The defining characteristic of a hate crime is not actually hate… it’s prejudice.”
The lyrics continue: “We use the word the word ‘hate’ to define it because the prejudice is born of a hateful climate.”
According to Independent, since the Manchester terror attack, hate crimes in London have increased to up to 54 reports a day, though it is said that 170,000 hate crimes annually go unreported.
George The Poet, AKA George Mpanga, while talking about his poem stated, “During times like these it’s important to hold on to the values of fairness and respect that distinguish us as humans.”
The chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac stated that “The Commission is calling for a zero tolerance approach to hostility and hatred and I would urge anyone who experiences or witnesses hate crime to report it.”