This morning I woke to the news that your people had been protesting in the streets as the result of your recent elections. As a citizen of the world, I worry for you all. I want to write to you as a Brit, who has recently gone through a similar kind of political upheaval in the shape of Brexit. To many here (even some of our politicians it would seem), Brexit came as a complete shock. The fall out in the days after often wasn’t pleasant, which is why, I am taking the time to reflect on what went wrong, and how maybe, you can learn from some of our mistakes.
Please don’t let political choices turn neighbour against neighbour.
The post Brexit fall out in Britain saw some pretty awful behaviour start to manifest. On my local tram route into Manchester, there were reports of arrests due to racial and political unrest. I had friends report of acquaintances who’d had eggs thrown at them in the streets. There was abuse, both verbal and physical, children started to feel afraid, and people who have called England home for several generations, no longer felt safe here.
No matter who you voted for, no matter what you believe about either
candidate, do not allow people to use the political climate as an excuse to perpetuate bigotry, ignorance and abuse on either side of the debate.And please, don’t indulge in it yourself.