Neil Mackay thrives on the scare story. From apparently surging sectarianism to increasing homophobia, his reports don’t survive a collision with the evidence.
Today, Father Ted-like, we’re all racists it seems.
In May this year, I could write:
There were 3 285 charges relating to race reported in Scotland in 2020/21 and I’m sure many more incidents not reported. There is racism in Scotland, I’m ashamed to say. There is probably some institutional racism in, for example, parts of the police force but none of that makes Scotland an essentially racist country.
A ‘racist country’ surely is one where racist violence is common and endemic and where the institutions of the state are based upon it.
None of the above is true of Scotland.
England & Wales with around 3 times, pro rata, the level of racially motivated crime and, I’d argue, greater concerns about it police forces, are not racist countries.
You could argue that many non-European countries are institutionally, systematically, racist because some minorities are denied access to state employment and education and there are repeated massacres of them . I won’t name any for fear of trolling but across Africa, the Middle East and perhaps even in the Southern US states there are examples.
To characterise Scotland as fully racist is deeply ill-informed.
By today, based on the latest data, racial crime had fallen again:
Racial crime remains the most commonly reported hate crime. In total 3,107 charges relating to race crime were reported in 2021-22, a decrease of 7% compared to 2020-21. The numbers of charges have fluctuated in recent years but are currently 32% lower than the peak in such charges in 2011-12, when 4,547 were reported.https://www.copfs.gov.uk/media/d3jnt5t2/hate-crime-2021-22-publication-final.pdf