Is antigingerism a hate crime?
January 15, 2013 11:58 AM Subscribe
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In the New Statesman, Nelson Jones argues that prejudice against red-haired people in Britain should be addressed by hate crime legislation
Anti-gingerism, as he calls it, seems to be a mostly English phenomenon, possibly rooted in anti-Celtic prejudice from imperial times, along with old folk prejudices about the supposed characters of red-haired people. Many red-haired schoolchildren report being bullied because of their hair colour, and it's still commonly considered acceptable to make derogatory jokes and remarks about red-haired people, even by people who would never make racist remarks. More seriously, anti-ginger prejudice sometimes escalates to violent attacks and serious harrassment. English hate crime legislation, however, currently does not recognise that such prejudice exists and has no provision for victimisation based on prejudice against hair colour.
Writing in The Guardian's Comment Is Free, Ally Fogg argues that to call it a hate crime trivialises other forms of bigotry and discrimination
Meanwhile, red-haired London-based comedian Tim Minchin has a musical comment about the issue