For our community, discrimination/prejudice often leaves individuals feeling demoralised and isolated; this leads to withdrawal from friends and family, anxiety and general concern for safety. Long-lasting effects of discrimination results in a loss of agency which continues to allow discrimination to go unreported and unaddressed. Combatting these inequalities are most effective when starting from within the community.
- Talking to someone (including family and friends) may feel intimidating but it’s important to remember that community experiences often have deep similarities. You may discover that a close friend or family member has experienced a similar situation that was left unaddressed. With an understanding of existing resources, referring close friends and family to organisations can support more members of the community while creating networks of support and mutual understanding.
- Reporting or even retelling your experience of discrimination can be one of the hardest steps due to trauma. However, this is essential to help define the presence of discrimination in our community whilst simultaneously condemning the incident. Though reporting and discussing your experience can be triggering, reporting is a step closer to receiving support. Community organisations are always available to provide confidential and tailored support with clear explanations and on the next steps forward. Regardless of the specific situation, organisations’ guidance can increase future awareness for individuals to understand the available resources in their community.
- Seeking help through a formal organisation for example going to the police is often something that individuals avoid and are uncomfortable with. Grassroot organisations are always available to address inequalities and support community members through a culturally sensitive lens that lays out specific paths for relief. We have a hate crime service for Somali victims based in London and provide victims with 3 stages of tailored support. Visit this link to read more about what we do, or alternatively contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to report an incident.
Though at times, the idea of standing up against discrimination can feel intimidating and overwhelming, seeking local community support and talking to someone is an agent in combatting inequality and strengthening community ties.
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This blog was written by our virtual intern Elias Robinson