Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Goal: Make a public statement ensuring the future and safety of E.U. nationals living in the U.K. and U.K. citizens residing in E.U.
Many people residing in the U.K. are being targeted in heinous ways, from racial slurs and physical assault to vandalism and arson in their homes and places of business. The U.K.’s recent decision to secede from the E.U., a move now infamously known as Brexit, has been heavily criticized since its conception. Many British citizens who voted to leave the Union were motivated by racism and xenophobia, believing that immigration was to blame for their economic difficulties. This deeply unfortunate misconception has led to a sharp uptick in hate crimes in the recently separated U.K.
The United Nations has condemned the Brexit referendum campaign for relying on divisive, xenophobic rhetoric. The U.N. argues that such hate speech has encouraged individuals to act on their prejudiced convictions, causing the rate of hate crimes to steeply increase. Additionally, many British citizens believe that these hate crimes are also caused by the British parliament’s failure to make a clear, irrefutable statement securing the future of E.U. nationals living in the U.K. and U.K. citizens residing in the E.U.
Many prejudiced British citizens who voted to secede did so under the impression that immigrants already residing in the U.K. would be forced to leave, but they are sorely mistaken. However, until the parliament makes it absolutely clear that these immigrants are welcome to stay, racial tensions will continue to escalate. Such a move in support of E.U. nationals has been championed by the vast majority of British citizens, even those who voted to leave, making the parliament’s inaction all the more puzzling and frustrating.
E.U. nationals in the U.K. and British citizens living in the E.U. need social and political support. As of now, these groups are highly vulnerable. The British government must make it perfectly clear that hate crimes against them will not be tolerated and that any post-Brexit policies regarding immigration do not apply to immigrants who already call the U.K. home. Demand that the parliament make this public statement as soon as possible.
Dear Honourable Theresa May,
The U.K. is in sociopolitical turmoil. Hate crimes are at an all-time high, and many believe that Britain’s secession is to blame. E.U. nationals and other minorities in the U.K. have become targets of verbal and physical assaults, and some of these have proven deadly. Most recently, a Polish man named Arkadiusz Jozwik was attacked and killed in Harlow in what officials are now investigating as a hate crime.
Britain’s most vulnerable citizens need the protection and reassurance of their government. Despite widespread support from citizens of all political convictions, the parliament has not yet officially stated what is to happen to E.U. nationals in the U.K. The uncertainty of their future causes them to live in fear, and fuels the hate of conservative nationalists who wrongly believe that Brexit was meant to forcibly deport immigrants already living in the U.K.
It is time for the British Parliament to do what is right. Make a public statement ensuring the safety of E.U. nationals in Britain and send a message to bigots that their hate crimes will not be tolerated.
[Your Name Here]
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