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Racist And Xenophobic Attacks On The Rise In The UK After Brexit

Violence erupts as a result of the UK referendum. 

In the aftermath of Brexit (the British referendum vote of whether or not to remain in the European Union), racist and xenophobic violence is reportedly on the rise in the United Kingdom.

According to the Independent, a man riding on a tram was verbally attacked by three teenage passengers, who threatened to "waste" him, and then threw a bottle of beer over him.

"Police have made three arrests after a group of teenagers allegedly launched a tirade of “disgusting” racist abuse at a passenger on a tram in Manchester, amid reports of a spike in hate crime following the EU referendum. “Bro, I’ll waste you, I’ll waste anyone,” one of the teenagers was filmed saying, brandishing what appeared to be a bottle of beer.“Don't chat s**t when you're not even from England, you little f**king immigrant. Get off the f**king tram now. Get back to Africa."

The Independent is also reporting that "there were 85 reports of hate crimes to True Vision, a police-funded reporting website, between Thursday and Sunday compared with 54 reports over the same period four weeks ago." According to Al Jazeera, xenophobic laminated cards reading, "Leave the EU-no more Polish vermin" have been posted in a Polish community in Huntingdon, as well as reports of xenophobic graffiti at a Polish community center in the same market town.

While British supporters of Brexit are now coming to terms with being misled about saving 350 million pounds once they left the European Union, the basis behind the rise in attacks can be traced back to the referendum's openly racist and xenophobic public campaign. Aditya Chakrabortty of the Guardian writes that "none of this is coincidental, but is what happens when cabinet members, party leaders, and prime-ministerial wannabes sprinkle arguments with racist poison."

"For months leading up to last week’s vote, politicians poured a British blend of Donald Trumpism into Westminster china. Michael Gove and Boris Johnson peddled their fiction about Turkey joining the EU. One didn’t need especially keen hearing to pick that up as code for 80 million Muslims entering Christendom. Foregoing any subtlety, Nigel Farage said allowing Syrian refugees into the UK would put British women at risk of sexual assault. In order to further their campaign and their careers, these professional politicians added bigotry to their armoury of political weapons."

The Leave It campaign comes as thousands of African and Middle-Eastern migrants make their way across the Mediterranean Sea to escape impoverishment and war, many of them former colonies of England. In October of 2015, the European Union offered $3 billion euros in aid to Ankara, Ethiopia, and visa rules to stem Syrian refugees from entering the European Union. Quartz Africa reported in November 2015 that "more than 773, 000 migrants or job opportunities" entered the European Union, and "could reach 3 million by 2017."

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The announcement is somewhat expected from the California Democratic senator who has not-so coyly led up to Monday's announcement (Jan. 21) by way of the press run she's conducted earlier this month as part of her book tour.

In a video clip posted to her social media prior to an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Sen. Harris called on her supporters to "claim their future."

"Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren't just words. They're the values we as Americans cherish. And they're all on the line now."

"The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values," Harris continued. "That's why I'm running for president of the United States. "I'm running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together."

I'm running for president. Let's do this together. Join us: https://t.co/9KwgFlgZHA pic.twitter.com/otf2ez7t1p

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019

Harris is the first black woman to throw her hat in the 2020 presidential ring. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have announced exploratory committees. Harris, however, has bypassed that.

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Democratic Senators Juggle With Whether To Retweet Cardi B's Government Shutdown Video

Cardi B gave her two cents on the partial government shutdown, which is now in its 27th day, in a video shared to her Instagram page. The Grammy-nominated rapper said that our country is in a "Hellhole" and discussed why she is scared of what is to come. She also explains that she feels badly for the thousands of government employees who are working without pay.

Her thoughts held merit, and even got people online talking about how they'd like her to run for president in 2020. Democratic senators were also interested in what she had to say, with some writing on Twitter that they were thinking about retweeting her sentiments although she used explicit language. Her comments included, "I don't want to hear any of y'all motherf**kas talkin' 'bout, 'Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days,' Yeah, b***h! For healthcare!" and "This sh*t is really f**kin' serious, bro."

"(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video)," tweeted Brian Schatz, the Democratic Senator for Hawaii. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy replied, writing "Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer waited to see if the two would retweet, commenting "Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?"

Ultimately, the Senators decided against the retweet, but wouldn't that have been something?

Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 17, 2019

Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 17, 2019

 

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I know a lot of ya do r watch the news so I’m letting ya know shit getting real .....I ain’t going to say nothing much tho I don’t want mofos to off me.....ANYWAYS TWERK VIDEO OUT NOW

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Cardi B Comments On Government Shutdown: "Our Country Is In A Hellhole"

Cardi B wanted to give her two cents on the now-25 day partial government shutdown. The Grammy-nominated rapper got political on her Instagram page, stating that she believes our country is in a "Hellhole" and she feels terribly for those affected.

"It’s been a little bit over three weeks. Trump is now ordering, as in summoning, federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid," she said. Cardi continued by telling people not to drag former President Barack Obama's partial government shutdown into the conversation, as his shutdown was for a better reason than Trump's dream border wall.

"Now, I don't want to hear any of y'all motherf**kas talkin' 'bout, 'Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days,' Yeah, b***h! For healthcare!" she continued. "So your grandma could check her blood pressure and you b****es could go check y'all p***y at the gynecologist with no motherf**kin' problem. This sh*t is really f**kin' serious, bro. This sh*t is crazy. Like, our country is in a hellhole right now. All for a f**kin' wall."

The Invasion of Privacy MC continues by stating that she is "scared" and feels badly for those who aren't able to be compensated for their work.

"Now, I now a lot of y’all don’t care…  b***h I’m scared," she concludes. "This is crazy, and I really feel bad for these people that gotta go to f**kin' work without getting f**kin' paid."

Watch her comments below.

 

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I know a lot of ya do r watch the news so I’m letting ya know shit getting real .....I ain’t going to say nothing much tho I don’t want mofos to off me.....ANYWAYS TWERK VIDEO OUT NOW

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