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After Brexit, decency exits. Social media overflows with stories of racial abuse

Trinaa Prasad | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

With Britain's gigantic lapse of judgment post their exit from the European Union, the situation in the country is getting progressively worse. If economically, Brexit was the equivalent of a nosedive into an empty pool, socially, it has brought the United Kingdom closer to chaos.

The most horrifying stories of prejudice, racial abuse - and mind-numbing ignorance you thought only Donald Trump and his fans was capable of - have been flowing in rapidly from Britain.

According to The Telegraph, there has been a "57% increase in reported racist incidents since the referendum." There is now even a Facebook group, Worrying Signs, which documents social media posts reporting such incidents. The group has over 17 thousand followers and counting, since it was created a week ago.

If you have a functioning heart, reading through the group's timeline might cause you heartache. It seems like with Brexit, common sense and normal human decency has exited as well.

The page has been set up by Sarah Childs who says she "woke up to hundreds of messages of support and from people asking to show their stories as well". To provide an online support group for the supposed 'outsiders' if you will.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Sarah says, ".. we decided that we needed to make a community where people could come together to share their reports of these horrible incidents and discuss what's going on and find support in a safe environment."

Facebook is a virtual graveyard of complaints but the question is, who's listening? And not just listening but looking to rectify the situation by law? And not just rectify by law but also by education?

While the world was busy feeling gobsmacked by OrangeFace running for Presidency in the US of A, his soul twin Nigel Farage and actual doppelganger, Boris Johnson were busy conning a country to doom.

Even as the pound struggles to remain relevant, xenophobia's making a spectacular comeback. Middle ages, you're in extreme danger of becoming fashionable again.


Edited by Aishwarya Yerra

First published: 1 July 2016, 6:53 IST