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  • arrow_drop_down London, 26 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was sitting on the bench at the bus stop, looking at my phone. A lady arrived and got upset because (as she saw it) I was slow in offering her a place to sit (which I did). Once seated, she kept telling me "fucking foreigner, why don't you fucking go home...I know your lot, you have no manners, you never say thank you or excuse me, never stand in the line...go home right now, I will buy you a fucking ticket home". To which I replied that my home is here. This incensed her even more, and she told me to "shut up before I hit you over the head", and went on pretty much in the same vein until the bus came. As she got up the bus, she further commented: "And if you think I'm prejudiced, I bloody well am".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    There where 3 people waiting at the bus stop, but no one offered support. One woman actually grinned in approval at what the lady was saying.

  • arrow_drop_down London Borough of Camden, 23 April 2017 - Other

    I was refused entry to a Camden music venue when the bouncer, on account of the colour of my skin, deemed I was Middle Eastern [Not that it matters, but just for the sake of clarity I'm not] and therefore "suspicious" and "up to something", not wanting to "run risks by letting [me] in".

    He then proceeded to call who I assume to be the manager, who looked at me, said "yeah, you told me about him" and issued me a refund after which the bouncer gave me the dubious excuse that the way I looked at the venue's fa├žade and entrance before and while purchasing the ticket "refusing to look at him squarely in the face" made me look suspicious. When I tried to explain, as courteously as I could, that the reason I gave the building such looks and went for a walk before entering was the worldwide fame of the venue [one of the bands I went to see last night even released a live DVD some years ago called precisely "Live at the Camden [venue]"], and that for me, out-of-towner as I am, it was the first time both at the venue and at that section of London, he retorted with the threat, "this will be your first and last".

    Rather than trying to engage in a row with the security personnel [which would have been counter-productive, proving their point of my allegedly 'up-to-something' demeanour], I stood outside the ticket booth for a while, trying to gauge if anyone else received a similar treatment but no other dark-skinned and/or Middle Eastern-looking people attempted to enter during my time there. Before I left, I heard two of the staffers [other than the ones present when I was refused entry] saying, "he looks alright to me, he's not even Arab [...] anyway he's not coming in, he's already been given a refund".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nope, no witnesses

  • arrow_drop_down London, 22 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was on the DLR travelling and got on at Canary Wharf. A young white girl had just sat down and I sat down opposite her. She then got up and said 'I'm not sitting next to no brown, fuck that shit.'

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    The family next to me were so shocked and offered to say something to her for me - I hadn't heard her say it as I was on my phone but was equally surprised. I believe they may have reported it to the train guard as the group were told to get off the train.

  • arrow_drop_down Dartford District, 10 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults, Threats / intimidation

    Two teenagers started shouting racist abuse at a man and his young son (about 4 or 5 years old) after the man politely asked them to stop spitting onto the floor of the bus we were travelling in. Also told the man and son that they would follow them off the bus, call their fathers and get them to physically attack them.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    I told the boys to stop verbally abusing the man and son, to which they shouted abuse at me too and ignored me. I then went to the driver of the bus and explained the situation. The bus driver stopped the bus and went to boys and told them to stop otherwise he would kick them off the bus.

  • arrow_drop_down London Borough of Hillingdon, 10 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    After asking a man to put a dog on a leash in a park where dogs are meant to be on leash I was sworn at using several nasty swear words before being told to f@ck back off to South Africa. Guess he misinterpreted my German accent. He also threatened physical violence.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No - but people looked up.

  • arrow_drop_down Sheffield, 10 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was with my partner and baby in the Lift at TJ Hughes shop. I'm eastern European and there were also 3 black ladies and 1 British lady in her 70s with her partner. When we all got off the lift they all walked off and the old lady-walking with a stick, said trough her teeth "Foreign shit".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?


  • arrow_drop_down London Borough of Sutton, 10 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    An old woman, in her seventies, told me: "you will have to leave this country and it's a beautiful country, I love my country and there is no room for you all." This was after a traffic incident in which she was in the wrong.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?


  • arrow_drop_down Wigan District, 23 February 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    At my auntys work, people began to laugh at her after the brexit and tell her that she will have to pack her bags and leave soon because "they will kick you all out".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?


  • arrow_drop_down Bournemouth, 01 February 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    Wife (mixed race non UK origin) has been the victim of xenophobic verbal insults on various occasions over the last six months with nearly weekly occurrence at the moment. Elderly woman told her in Tesco that she did not belong 'here' and a week later at Lidl a man told her that she was taking 'English' jobs from 'us'.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Both instances no reaction from other shoppers despite being English in appearance.

  • arrow_drop_down Chelmsford, 27 January 2017

    I am a British Citizen, born to immigrant parents from Japan and raised in the UK all my life. Today at my sixth form college, inside the crowded school cafeteria, I was confronted by about 10-15 ethnically White British boys and about 4 whitewashed Indian/Pakistanis asking me a question. That question was "when will you go home"? I told them that I was born and bred in this country and the UK is home. The boys told me to stop talking nonsense as you are not like "us". They then started yelling racist remarks at me, such as "sort out your little squinty eyes because we all have normal eyes and you don't", "sort out your flat nose", "does your dad work as a fisherman?", "you lot are taking our education system for granted, paying lower prices for everything like free school meals whereas we Brits have to pay the full fare thanks to you lot" and "go home or to some other country where they speak the ching chong kawaii language". Some of the boys even started talking to me in a mock East Asian accent, for example pronouncing "English" as "Eeengreeesh" and "I have little slit eyes" as "I do have reettre sreet eyes" (they were impersonating Asians).
    The boys all started stretching their eyelids and chanting "ching chong kawaii I no speak Engrish!" in a high pitched voice.
    I asked them if you are saying such things like that about me, why not the other non-white children in the school? Why single me out? (even though to say racist remarks to anyone of any race in my view is unacceptable)
    The boys responded by saying "they're English. They all can speak English. You and your family can't." I speak with a RP British accent.
    After a good 10 minutes, a few more boys came in the cafeteria and the whole room started to chant "GO HOME GO HOME GO HOME", with one of them drawing a caricature of me based on my race, with two lines for eyes and a Chinese rice picker hat.

    Also to let you know that one of these boys is in the Debating club at school and when the club had to argue for or against Brexit in assembly in front of the whole school, that same boy said "that the UK should stop importing all the dregs from mainland Europe, especially the Poles".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nobody, they were all pretty much laughing at me.

  • arrow_drop_down Durham, 24 January 2017

    I was walking to the bus station behind a drunk white male who was staggering around the street. He was loudly exclaiming phrases such as "Skinheads of England!", "Don't lose the king's colours!", "Nigger lovers!", "Perish them all!" and other disjointed racist slurs against a vatiation of races. A young Asian guy walked towards him and the drunk man leaned towards him and aggressively told him to "Fuck off!".
    I'm ashamed to say I didn't speak up, but kept close to the drunk man, as many of the students I teach shop in that area and I wanted to be around in case they were targetted. I'd like to think that if he became violent i would step in, but who can tell until you're in that situation.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nobody said a word, just exchanges glances, myself included.

  • arrow_drop_down BRIGHTON, 10 January 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    A clearly drunk middle aged man (50-60) told some young men (early 20s) of middle eastern descent to "go home" because they were "sponging off tax payers".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    There were several other people on the bus who showed verbal support, one young man in particular calmly and elegantly engaged the man in debate around the logic of the points he was making. When the young men who were abused got off the bus

  • arrow_drop_down City of Preston, 07 January 2017

    I was in a pub beer garden with friends, sitting at a shared table. Two drunk men in their early 20s sat down and began to harass my older friend for having long hair, aggressively jeering at him and calling him "Gandalf". I asked them to go away and leave us alone. When they heard my N.Irish accent they began shouting abuse at me, mainly "Pikey" and "Gypo", I'm sorry to say I got upset (I've lived in England 24 years and it's been a long time since anyone called me that) and reacted by shouting that they were idiots, but they stood up leaning over me and continued to shout abuse at me, mocking my accent, shouting "what the fuck are you doing here?" and telling me to "fuck off back to Ireland".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Different people at the table began to shout at them, men and women, and one man went and got a bouncer who removed them immediately.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 06 January 2017

    A man started shouting incomprehensibly on the W3 bus after two black women with their prams got onto the bus. He then came to the front and spoke to the driver saying 'there are at least 4 darks back there'. I tried to say something to him, but he got off straight away :(

  • arrow_drop_down London Borough of Greenwich, 06 January 2017

    In SE9, two weeks ago, an Eastern European couple was crossing the road, from Mottingham station, coming back from work on Friday. A white male was walking behind them and when he heard they were speaking another language, he increased his pace and literally walked into the man (of the couple) with great force. He then made an extremely aggressive face and said, "Oy, didn't you see me coming, you f****** idiot?" The Eastern European man kept his cool and said somewhat cynically, "No, I don't have eyes on the back of my head." At this point, the English man came very close to the Eastern European one and hissed, "What did you say? You want a fight, eh?" The Eastern European man's female partner, who was standing silent and tense all the while, quickly turned to her partner, pulled him, said something and they walked away in silence.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No one.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 17 December 2016

    Sitting on 381 bus towards Waterloo and White woman mutters something about ".....country". I then looked at her and she has a go saying "what are you looking at me for?". So, I said, "I thought you were talking to me". She responds saying "why would I want to talk to you?" I reply saying "sometimes people like to talk to each other, like strangers". She then says again quietly "go back to your own country" My mum heard her and told her that this is her country. She said she wasn't talking to anyone.I told her that you're muttering and telling people to go back to their own country. At this point, she actually stopped talking.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No. 4-5 people looked around or over but no one else said anything. Although to be fair we were able to handle it ourselves this time.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 17 December 2016

    We were told (not quite in these words: a bit more invective!) to go back to where we come from by a chap driving a Bentley. Felt like an extension of the general feeling of Brexit "please leave foreigners, we do not want you here".
    I am Australian by birth, my wife Swiss and we (us and our 2 children) are all British citizens and work as University educated professionals - NHS physiotherapist and University Professor.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No, but then no one was around to hear it.

  • arrow_drop_down South Oxfordshire District, 10 December 2016

    I got on the 9.20pm train from Paddington to Oxford, today 10th December 2016 and as the train was packed I remain standing for a while talking to my friend in Portuguese. As we got to Slough seats became available and we sat down next to a family with two teenager daughters. We didn't notice anything strange until we carried on talking (not loud or discourteously, perfectly acceptable conversation tone) and noticed they were making gestures for people to shut up. They carried on saying "shut up you're giving everyone a headache with that accent", "shut the fuck up", " do they fucking not understand English?" while carrying on with rude manners, one of them farted, generally making us two feel very unwelcome and unwanted.
    All the time we tried to ignore as didn't think it was worth replying to these kind of people. They left in Reading where I also got up to leave and commented this one is "fucking coming out here". My friend couldn't take it any longer and replied saying we understand English but it was rude of them to speak like that as just because we speak a different language that doesn't give them the right to tell us to shut up.
    We are very shaken by this, have worked full time in this country for over 5 years paying full taxes, didn't do anything wrong and don't deserve this treatment from anyone having done nothing wrong but to speak my language in public.
    I very much regret I didn't report it at the site but couldn't pass it without reporting. Brexit is empowering many people to have this type of behaviour and unfortunately today I experienced it in first person. I don't deserve to feel unwelcome in the country I live and work never having claimed a penny from the government and a country which traditions and beliefs I respect. Don't think it's too much to ask to be respected back. I want to believe actions are being taken to make sure these actions are not going to be encouraged and punished, xenophobia is a result of lack of education which these family clearly showed that.
    I am very upset to end my day in this way, feel powerless and very unfairly treated, this is not the UK I've known and not the country I want to be living in if treated in this way.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    The carriage was full and no one spoke a word (in the good old English way...)

  • arrow_drop_down Oxford, 09 December 2016

    Drunk man on the bus told me and the bus driver to go home, and was shouting at pretty much everyone on the bus. Then proceeded to get off the bus when the driver reported it to community support officers via his comms device, and then he started shouting at people passing him on the street.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nobody offered support but I think everyone was being attacked because we were all looking at him and it clearly made him more agitated. Unfortunately nobody filmed it either.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 06 December 2016

    On my walk home, very close to my house, a bunch of kids aged about 9-10 years old from behind a gate just shouted at me to 'go home' and 'go back home'. When I engaged them in conversation, they said that they meant specifically that the part of pavement outside the gate belonged to them and I wasn't allowed to walk on it.
    Giving these kids the benefit of the doubt and assuming it was just some game and not about overt racism in their minds, how weird is it that the language of telling people to 'go back home' has become so ingrained that those are the words that come out and not 'keep off' or 'get off the pavement'.
    It's not the kids who are scary but the parents who are behind closed doors, all the adults who they have heard that language from.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 26 November 2016

    I was on the tube and caught a woman's eye so I smiled at her, but then she turned to me and said, "you're not English are you." I was really shocked and startled and all I could reply at that moment was "yes actually, I am". Then she proceeded to say "no one on this tube is English". I didn't feel I should have to explain my mixed heritage to her so I walked away.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nobody did anything.

  • arrow_drop_down Norwich, 11 November 2016

    Yesterday Nov 10th and elderly man on duke street in front of Norwich arts uni started shouting at me as i crossed the street at the traffic lights, I had headphones in so missed most of what he said. He looked angry was directly staring at me as he shouted. I took my headphones off and heard the last of his comments which were a mix of mumbles and swear words. He then continued walking off.

    Today Nov 11th I was walking down the road a girl in the passenger seat rolled down her window and shouted either "fucking Paki!" Or "fucking blackie" she then starred at me, laughed and smiled as they drove past.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nov 10th- No there was a white girl a few meters behind, she saw and heard eveything she just looked at me in shock.

    Nov 11th- No I was alone.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 03 November 2016

    Talking to a friend in Spanish on the eastbound tube platform and a guy comes up to us and tells us to speak English because we're in England.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No. The guy and his friends walked off straight afterwards, and there weren't other people around so I wouldn't expect someone to, however I did want to report it as I was shocked.

  • arrow_drop_down Richmondshire District, 29 October 2016

    4 guys (3 Spanish and 1 Dutch) walking down the main square in town.
    A group of 3/4 girls start shouting from several meters away something in the lines of "salam malicum" in a rather offensive way towards the Dutch guy (he got curly hair, that likely made the group of girls to think that he was from muslim country).
    Few minutes later they walked cross us and one of the girls shouts something like: "oh look at him! he is a foreigner but that is OK, we have to take it!" in what appeared to me a patronising and offensive way.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    no one said anything, we just kept walking our way.

  • arrow_drop_down Eastbourne, 28 October 2016

    I've travelled to Eastbourne from Medway for a little holiday with my boyfriend. Whilst we were having breakfast this morning, being served by two of the three lovely foreign waitresses, a couple in their early thirties sat down at their table. I started listening to the man after an awkward interaction with the waitress. I am a waitress myself so I learn to pay attention to peculiar behaviour. The waitress walked away and the man shortly after said "she didn't have a fucking clue did she? ... She must live here if she has a job, like ...". A while after I tuned in to him ranting to his girlfriend about North London, presumably where he was from, about how he was walking around, speaking to 33 people and only one of them was finally English. "I literally have to speak to 33 people to find someone who speaks fucking English. D'ya know what I mean? And even now, we have to get to the edge of a fucking cliff to find someone English. We have to drive 200 miles to find some guy on the edge of a cliff who speaks English. You can't find anyone who speaks English in this country any more". I felt angry and uncomfortable. I am sure he was speaking loudly deliberately, either to provoke people to react or, worse, because he thought he was speaking for everyone sitting in the room.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    It was only me, my boyfriend and one old man behind me during this interaction. Thankfully the waitress was out of the room. I didn't want to leave in case he said something to her. Her English was good but I wanted to be there to defend her if something happened. If he had said something to her, I would have reacted. Otherwise, it felt like my efforts would be wasted on such a man. Perhaps it is wrong not to stand up and say something at every such opportunity, but I cannot be certain that anyone would have my back. For all I know, the old man behind me shared the same views. That's the sad thing nowadays; I feel like I can't guarantee on bystanders being anti-hate. I feel like some of them just might agree with his ignorance.
    I reported the incident to the hotel manager and immediately Googled whether I can report such incidents to the police. I found this website and posted here, feeling that at least I was doing something.

  • arrow_drop_down Durham, 18 October 2016 - Verbal abuse / insults

    On Tuesday evening, I was walking back from work at 6:35 pm from Coxhoe church bus stand. There were couple of kids across the Pedestrian foothpath, near Alberto's pizzeria, who waved at me with a smirk. I waved back at them, thinking that they were friendly.

    These kids knocked on one of the three houses between the Chinese takeaway next to Alberto's and the hairdressers, and met up with their friend. All of these kids were between ages of 10-14, nearly 5 ft tall. I think one of them might be connected with a bike stealing incident last year, that happened to my previous house mate. (More details on this incident may be in the police records.)

    They then followed me back hollering some insults behind me till I took a turn near Best One store (where there is a CCTV camera outside, I believe). I stopped there, and waited for them to pass me and wanted to ask them why they were doing this to me.

    I was walking behind them now and asking them:
    Me: "Are you talking to me?"
    Them: Laughter, and some jeering.
    Me: "Why are doing this?"
    Them: "We want you to go back where you came from. GO BACK to your country!"
    Me: "I am British Citizen." (a white lie)
    Them: "Yeah you are!" ( more jeering).
    Me: "I have lived here for 15 years! How old are you?"
    Them: "Go back to Birmingham!, GO Back to London! We don't want you here in Coxhoe!"
    Me: "You don't understand that we bring in new ideas, and new thoughts. Do you?"
    Them: "You live on benefits, don't you?" "Go back"
    Me: "No, I work at the University. I study physics. I can show you my ID"
    Them: "Yeah! You make bombs!"
    Me: "You don't understand, do you? What are you studying?"
    Them: "We understand English!"

    By this time we reached the turn near my house, and the kids started walking away. I told them that I will talk to their parents, and they told me that I wouldn't want to talk to them. Then I told them that I will call the police. They told that they will report on me instead and started to record a video on their mobiles, while calling me a paedophile, when I was dialling 101. They ran away when I started speaking with Durham Police.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    My landlady who lives next door offered me support after the incident.

  • arrow_drop_down Coxhoe, 14 October 2016 - Physical assault

    I heard soft knocking on my back door, once or twice. I was about to open the door, while my housemate shouted, "Who is there?" Then, I tried to look out of the window, and I was surprised by a rain of small pebbles at my window.
    There was knocking again on the front door.
    My housemate went to his room upstairs, looked down the window at the kids, while I was making a call to 101.
    He shouted at the kids, "Wait there! If you are stupid enough to stay wait there! I am coming down!"
    He came down and conferred with me, but did not go outside the house.
    I called the landlady at 8:06. The police at 8:11 according to my phone record. All this time, there were 5 or 6 kids around our house trying to annoy us.
    My housemate even noticed the kids vandalising some signs down the road, and the landlady also noticed a few kids with hoodies on the street.

    We turned off our lights and waited for the kids to come back, so that we may have chance of identifying or recording them. But they did not come back.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    The landlady, and our neighbours offered us plenty of support. The police visited us on Monday and reassured us that they will go and talk to the kids based on our previous reports.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 12 October 2016

    A woman yelled at a man: "Go back to your own country - you immigrant bastard".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    I asked her why she said that to a fellow human in her neighbourhood.

  • arrow_drop_down Aberdeen, 11 October 2016 - Verbal abuse / insults

    Some school kids (3 of them) started shouting and calling me and my daughter refugees and asking us to get out of Scotland. The way the incident started was by me telling them to stop throwing stones at a pub.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    I told them to get a dictionary and to get an education, as they were supposed to be at school at the time. Nobody offered support and my daughter was terrified.

  • arrow_drop_down Coxhoe, 10 October 2016 - Threats / intimidation

    My housemate heard loud banging on the back door of our house at 8:00 pm and asked who is there. There was loud banging couple of more times on the front door. He noticed kids wearing hoodies by turning off the lights in his room upstairs. One of the kids noticed my housemate, and everyone took off before he could record them. This time there were 4 or 5 kids.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    This time my housemate called the police immediately and the police recorded the event.

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