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Veronica Dearly

Illustration by Veronica Dearly

It’s now been a week since the EU referendum. Wowzers. I don’t know about you but I was not expecting that! Anyway, since then I’ve been struggling with what to say about the whole thing. So on my blog at least, I didn’t say anything at all. I didn’t want to write about something else and I didn’t want to just publish a long rant about how I personally feel that it’s a big mistake. So I waited.

Now I feel that the most important thing at this time is to be mindful. Of other people, that is. Whether this country is going to succeed or if it’s going to crash and burn, all I know is that we need to stick together. Both the UK with itself and also the UK with the rest of the world. We can’t turn our backs.

The sheer volume of racism that has emerged since last week has made me feel ashamed. Not only being British, but also being human. It’s disgusting and there is no logical reason for it. As someone who has an immigrant for a parent and being brought up around a wide variety of people from all races and classes, I can’t understand it but I guess it’s ultimately because of fear. Fear of people being different to you.

I’m loving movements like the #safetypin and Veronica Dearly’s EU and human pins. These, along with other little stories of people standing together makes me feel a little better about the whole thing. In my opinion, the only way to fight hate is with love.

Ultimately, when it comes down to it, we’re all human beings that belong to the same planet and we seriously need to start acting like it. Though we are different, we are also the same.

For now, I have hope.

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