September 30, 2016
— Cambridge News (@CambridgeNewsUK) September 27, 2016
Nazism has returned, in force.
Stickers bearing the slogans “refugees not welcome” and “go home to Africa” have appeared in Cambridge, central England, drawing condemnation.
The stickers were found stuck to lampposts in the Romsey Recreation park, and appeared to be parodies of the Refugees Welcome campaign which promoted inclusion. The stickers also said “bring your families home” and “destination Africa”. Some fear they could incite tensions or hate crimes.
“I believe we should help refugees as much as possible but I also think there does need to be the support in place when they do come here,” local man George Williams told the Cambridge News. “I really don’t think putting up these stickers is a very nice thing to do. It is only going to fuel even more hatred and is meant to be incendiary.”
“We do not want any of that kind of racist filth in Cambridge,” local MP Daniel Zeichner told the News. “The people of Cambridge have sent a very strong message to the world that we are an open, tolerant and welcoming city. I would say take the stickers off and put them in the bin if you see them.”
“Zeichner” certainly doesn’t sound like a very British name.
And he doesn’t look very British either…
I can’t find any evidence that he’s a Jew. But you could go ask him on Twitter.
It’s a reasonable question.
“I think this is like Twitter in that those that are the noisiest make the most noise but it is not representative at all of people in Cambridge, who are keen to help refugees,” he told the Cambridge News.
Police are investigating and have appealed for anyone with information about who may have placed the stickers to come forward. The stickers are the latest in a string of racist and xenophobic incidents, which are on the rise in the UK since the Brexit vote.
Last Thursday stickers with the slogan “rapefugees not welcome” were found in the northern town of South Shields.
In June, a neo-Nazi group plastered stickers around Glasgow declaring certain areas to be a “white zone.”
You can see the media attention you get for very little things.
And the media attention on this normalizes it. It makes people feel more comfortable holding these opinions when they realize others do.
Obviously, putting up stickers is illegal, as it is considered vandalism. So I wouldn’t encourage it. However, the rule holds – little things can get big attention, and you have a duty.