Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality

Institutional Racism

Institutional Racism was defined by the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report (The MacPherson Report) as ' the collective failure of an organisation to provide and appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes,

Are you a victim of Racism

Whether you are young or old, you may feel any or all of the following; upset, angry, cut off from your community, afraid, lonely or abused. You may be scared to leave your home, or feel intimidated, you may even be considering giving up your work because of the attitude of work colleagues or managers. If you have experienced racism and you need some support please contact us in confidence. 

Do you know a victim?

Being a victim of Racism which is a form of Hate Crime, can reduce the quality of life for the victim, their family, friends, acquaintances, loved ones and the whole community. For every primary victim it is likely there will be secondary victims. The impact of racism is determined by the victims perception of how it affects their quality of life. If you know a victim of racism and you would like to discuss this, please contact us in confidence. PDREC provides information, advice and support to victims and witnesses of Racism.  .

Racism and Devon

Racism is when someone is discriminated against because of their ethnicity, the colour of their skin, their nationality, their accent or first language, or their national origin. Racism can include physical violence, verbal abuse, offensive graffiti, bullying or intimidation.  Devon has a very unusual cultural mix in its population; until the last 20 years the region had a relatively small number of BME residents. This factor commonly led to very mistaken assumptions about racism (or the supposed lack of racism) in this area. The publication 'Keep them in Birmingham' highlighted the fact that the "no problem here attitude" disguised the horrible reality that racism definitely existed in all its unpleasant forms including discrimination, name calling, verbal

 How to Help Someone Who is a Victim

and physical abuse and ignorance. Often BME people would be very isolated, perhaps the only visibly different person in a street, school or business and therefore vulnerable to racist perpetrators. This may still be true in some areas of Devon.

In 2010 the Community Safety Mapping Project interviewed 265 people across Devon and 36% of respondents said they had been the victim of some form of racist crime or incident ranging from verbal abuse to physical abuse.

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Plymouth Respect Festival 2015

We are very pleased to announce our new dates for the Respect Festival 20th – 21st June. 2015 We will be back at the wonderful Plymouth University campus and will be part of the Big Festival Weekend, this means as well as all the wonderful things that you have come to expect from Respect, world music, street food, dance, play and cinema there will be even more things happening.

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