We’ve had some positivity for today with the Hong Kong study results, but sadly now I have some less positive findings for you.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust conducted a study in Britain to find out the current state of discrimination. They decided to do this, as today marks 71 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp that needs no introduction.
HMDT’s continued mission is to stop history from repeating itself, which is why they decided to conduct this study.
17% of respondents said that they have witnessed a hate crime based on sexual orientation in the last year, while just over one in ten said they witnessed an incident based on transgender identity.
27% of people in total reported that they saw a form of hate crime in the last year, with more than two third of people saying they regretted not challenging it.
For those of you wondering, the research focused on five characteristics that are often subject to discrimination – race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity.
It did find that younger people were more likely to challenge a hate crime if witnessed, with 17% of people aged 16-24 having intervened in incidents. This is compared to 13% of 25-34 year-olds and 7% of people aged 35-44.
They even looked into the types of hate crime and discrimination that their respondents witnessed. 75% of people said they saw verbal abuse, 30% witnessed harassment and 14% saw physical abuse which includes hitting, spitting, or pushing.
The study also looked at online behaviour as well, with 75% of people saying they have seen abuse on social media and 77% of people believe that there is no difference between online abuse and shouting abuse to someone on the street.
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, had this to say: “The theme for the thousands of Holocaust Memorial Day events taking place across the country today is ‘Don’t Stand By’, and these figures show just how important that message is. Today is about remembering the atrocities of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, but it’s also about finding ways to make sure they can never happen again.”
“We know that silence and indifference in the face of discrimination and hatred allows persecution to take root, so we want to encourage people to stand up and speak out, in the way many brave souls have in the past.”