Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor at UCLA Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, recently took a trip to the U.K. and identified a range of institutional prejudices that plagued the lives of ethnic minorities in Britain. According to The Guardian, Achiume pointed to a Brexit-related growth in “explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance,” including extreme views that have gained ground in mainstream political parties of the left and the right.
In addition, Achiume spoke with UK Channel 4 News on racism and says she’s alarmed at the stark increase in hate crimes and incidents across the U.K. during the post-Brexit era, even criticizing the government’s adoption of “sweeping austerity measures” since 2010, which she said have “disproportionately” affected ethnic minorities.
In The Independent
, Achiume proclaimed that the British government must stop forcing doctors, banks, and landlords to enforce “hostile environment” immigration laws and that policies supposedly directed at illegal migrants were “destroying the lives” of wider foreign and ethnic minority communities.
Achiume also commented in BBC News on how ethnic minorities in the U.K. have been disproportionately affected by the government's austerity and immigration policies.