What is a racist incident?

A racist incident is when another individual or a group of people discriminate against someone due to their religion, culture, age, ethnicity, sexuality and disability.

A racist incident could be:

  • A physical Assault
  • Threats
  • Arson
  • Neighbour disputes
  • The use of foul language
  • Making abusive remarks
  • Insulting messages or emails that involve discriminative language
  • A person doing anything which frightens, distresses or intimidates you
  • Bullying (verbal, cyber, physical, sexual, financial)

The law recognises different types of racially motivated crimes and the effects they have on victims. The penalties reflect the seriousness of these crimes. When discriminative racial situations occur it is essential that the victim reports the perpetrator straight away.

If you have been a victim of a racist incident or witnessed a racist incident:

  • Contact the police on 999 if an offence is taking place or immediately after.
  • Contact your local police on 00845 113 5000 if there is an ongoing problem.
  • Leave any evidence untouched and keep a written record of the details of incidents, e.g time, place, any descriptions of attackers, words used etc..
  • Try to obtain witness details.
  • Report the incident to (us) Rights & Equality Sandwell.