If you think Brexit wasn’t about xenophobia, check these out

Someone has been collecting all the tweets describing the hate speech British PoCs have received in the past 24 hours, as well as the corresponding hate speech used to… prove there’s no hate in Brexit, obviously:


118 tweets by the last count, including one from Tim Minchin (!).

Just in case you were doubting those aforementioned dog whistles.



Giliel has also pointed out this Twitter account, also collecting post-referendum hate speech & crime.


  1. sonofrojblake says

    Brexit was partly about xenophobia, but these idiots are still a minority. Brexit was mainly about ignorance – the ignorance perpetuated by the media and the political classes. I still don’t know if Brexit would be a good or bad thing, long term. I voted Remain, not on the basis of any rational decision making process, but based purely on the quality of people representing each side. I knew enough to know I didn’t know enough. Unfortunately most people didn’t, and were taken in by the cavalcade of lies the Brexiteers peddle them. Ignorance, not xenophobia, gave us this result. The side effect has been the emboldening of the xenphobes – which was not a result the ignorant majority foresaw, damn them.

  2. tbtabby says

    I liked the one with Winnie the Pooh best. Can’t find the one from Tim Minchin, though.

  3. usagichan says

    sonofrojblake #1

    Misinformation indeed. Bad or good? Depends whether you see the breakup of the UK (Scotland inevitably, Northern Ireland possibly), the collapse of the City of London (The Europeans are already squabbling over whether Frankfurt, Paris or Milan will take that role) and a freeze on overseas companies coming into the UK. Most financial firms can and will move pretty quickly.

    Still, if you are a Stop the City Anarchist with a taste for the subsistance lifestyle, it was probably the right result for you (and if you think I’m exagerating, my guess is that this is a best case scenario. Worst case, the remaining EU nations decide to really stick the knife in ( they are starting to talk about an “unpleasant divorce”) and a combination of protectionist tarrifs and tax breaks for companies that move to the EU will shred what remains of the UK economy as our foreign owned industry decamps to the continent).

    Honestly, I can’t ever see myself returning now… and that makes me sad.

  4. Siobhan says

    Regardless of the supposed merits or lack thereof of EU membership, the Brexit campaign was chock full of alarming dog whistles to anyone that cared to pay attention. I think there’s a point to be made here: It doesn’t matter that some people voted Leave for supposed economic reasons; it matters that some people voted Leave because the Brexit campaign promised to do things like “protect our jobs” and “control our borders,” which should be patently obvious as xenophobe dog whistles. The supposed “Not Xenophobes” either didn’t hear the dog whistles or didn’t care–which tells me they don’t pay attention to politics, and in their ignorance, they have done damage. The xenophobes always existed, and now they have 52% of a nation tacitly endorsing their world view. Hence, the spike in hate speech & crime.

    How about we do something about that?

    Report the incidents of hate speech & crime every time you see them, call them out if it is safe for you to do so, take recordings of confrontations, donate to refugee organizations, protest Farage and all the right-wingnuts stoking the fire, protest the Cons limiting access to healthcare and education which contributes to misinformed voters–DO SOMETHING other than tell us what Brexit was “really” about, or that the other outcomes are desirable. Even if some objective good comes of the Leave vote, you have a very serious xenophobia problem going on *right now,* and that is one consequence that needs to be dealt with before it spirals out of control.

  5. gmacs says

    I don’t know if it’s been clarified, but Tim Minchin was actually pro-Remain and pro-immigrant. His tweet was in response to people saying he was from Australia and had no room to talk.

  6. says

    I don’t think you can call the “Breaking POint” billboard a dogwhistle.
    It’s also telling that the brunt of the hatred is now felt by people who have nothing to do with EU freedom of movement. Apart from the Polish the incidents are against PoC, many of them British .