Say NO2HATE during Hate Crime Awareness Week

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Saturday marked the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week.  It is a matter of deep disappointment to me that we continue to live in a society in which some people – a relatively small number – continue to promote their bigoted, biased and intolerant opinions.

These beliefs not only damage individuals but wage riot on our wider society with their insidious infiltration into some communities.

It is vital that victims of hate crime speak out, so that we can support them and seek justice on their behalf.  I understand that this can be difficult, but it is essential if we are to overcome this all too often hidden crime.

This year, the week is particularly relevant in light of reports of hate crime relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, which frankly I find astonishing.  It is equally astonishing that it is 21 years since the publication of the Macpherson Report following the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.  Sadly, it highlights that there is more work to do if we are to succeed in driving out the bigotry, intolerance and ignorance that are the root causes of so much unacceptable behaviour.
 
As the National lead for Equality on behalf of my fellow PCCs, I assure you that we are working hard to challenge negative and derisive attitudes.  Those who seek to undermine these efforts will receive a tough sanction.

There is no excuse for violence and I will join my fellow PCCs this week in making clear Derbyshire - alongside the rest of the country - has no time for hatred.

To join the #NO2HATE campaign visit my website for more information and campaign material. www.
derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/NO2HATE
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Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

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