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What to Do About Racist Behaviour?

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 15 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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It can be incredibly distressing if you are on the receiving end of any kind of racism, especially from neighbours. Thankfully, reported racist behaviour is quite rare in the UK and there are stringent laws in place to ensure that it stays that way.

What’s Considered to be Racist Behaviour?

If you’re a victim of racism or racist behaviour, it means you’ve been treated differently by your neighbours by virtue of your race, colour, nationality, citizenship, or ethnic or national origins. You can even suffer from racial discrimination just because somebody thinks you are a certain race or nationality, even though you’re not. The legal system is a little confusing when it comes to judging what counts as ‘racial’ discrimination, and what’s discrimination due to religious belief. There have been legal cases identifying Romany Gypsies, Jewish people, Sikhs and Irish Travellers as a race, yet Rastafarians and Muslims can complain about discrimination due to religious belief.The kind of racist behaviour you might experience from neighbours could include harassment or intimidation by them, members of their family, their friends or visitors to their home. It includes any type of discrimination against you that’s based on your colour or race.

Racial harassment is anything unwelcome or hostile that happens just because of someone's race, including physical and verbal threats and violence.

Racist Behaviour when you’re Looking for a Home

When you’re looking for somewhere to live, the law ensures that you can’t be refused a home because of your race. It’s illegal for private and social landlords to treat you differently whether favouring another person on a social housing waiting list, refusing to rent to you, or treating you differently once you’ve moved in. A private seller is not allowed to refuse to sell you a property on the grounds of your race either.

Racist Behaviour Once You’ve Moved In

At first, you might not be sure whether you’re actually being discriminated against anyway. It could just be ‘funny looks’ or you could think you’re overhearing people talking about you. Perhaps you get the silent treatment from the locals and you can’t quite put your finger on it?

People can sometimes be suspicious of a new neighbour and so you could try to nip any tensions in the bud by attempting to befriend new neighbours, inviting them round for a cuppa, saying hello at the local shop or school gates. You might find that you were being over sensitive after all and the problem’s solved.

Unfortunately, life’s not always that easy, and sometimes people can be ignorant enough to get involved in racist behaviour against you. Start taking note of specific incidents, what happened, when and where, how often the racism happens, how it affected you and anyone else. If you can establish that the harassment is racially motivated then you may have grounds to make a complaint. If you’re in social housing, most local authorities and housing associations have policies in place to deal with accusations of racist behaviour, which include mediation to start with, but could result in an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO), an Injunction or even eviction. If you own your property your first port of call should be your local police.

Racial Victimisation

If you are forced to make a complaint about any kind of racial discrimination, you shouldn’t be victimised because of it, or treated differently. If things do start to become difficult for you where you live and your neighbours are behaving badly, you could be entitled to get help with any bullying, harassment or worse. Victimising someone who has made a complaint about racism is illegal in itself, and it’s also possible to get protection from discrimination if you’re simply helping another person make a complaint about discrimination, by giving evidence in court for example.

Unusual Cases

A woman from Suffolk was recently accused of racial harassment when she placed an old-fashioned golliwog in her front window. Although the charges were eventually dropped due to insufficient evidence, the woman was arrested after a black neighbour complained that seeing the doll had offended her and her family. Prosecutors said that in order to establish that an offence had been committed, they would have had to prove that the doll had been placed there deliberately by the accused woman, who was alleging that a family member had inadvertently left it there.

If they had been able to prove this, however, it would technically have been possible to convict her of racially aggravated harassment, causing alarm and/or distress.

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Who do these racist people think they YOU ARE NO BETTER WE ALL ARE HUMAN Racist people are uneducated and tramp who have no respect for nobody
Aysh - 15-Jan-17 @ 12:54 AM
We have a neighbour who lives with his girlfriend in a flat at side of our disabled bungalow for two years we had hell from him he moved out for one year an since he came back he won't leave us alone yet again , he contacted our housing saying we had parties every week , that we block car park with our bins but we have to drive through ourselves , he just doesn't leave us alone an we're both in our 60s an don't do nothing to anyone my husband is Asian an this man is definAtly racist an I am so fed up with the harress ent he gives us all the time an want it stopped but don't know how to go about it
Sammy - 2-Jan-17 @ 11:23 PM
I am mom of 5 moved a year ago to house and started being annoyed with our next door neighbor young son, age 9 traspassing our back garden for his ball, bulling and swear at my son who is only 7. And things escalated when he started calling him names (fat, girl, stupid..) and my son war started to be afraid of going to the back garden!! And then he started to through our balls to the other nighbours who had dogs so they would pop our ball!! I tried to send my girls to complain to the mother and older son 20 and no help offered!! We lost 3 balls and a lot of hard time when play time ruined once our ball lands by mistake on their garden!! Although we always throw their ball back without any problem.. we contacted the housing about this behavior after 7 months of stress.. and since then their boy stopped jumping on our back garden or even speaking to my son and it was so relaxing time but we kept throwing back their ball to them, while they keep our ball for looong time before throwing it back.. as revenge.. we kept things calm as possible and I kept buying new balls and ask my only son not to kick it high so it won't land on their garden.. until 2 days ago things exploded!!! He kicked his last ball and the boy hold it and took it inside their house!! My daughter asked him to return it he said, he will be in trouble with his old brother if he did!! And he mentioned that several times before!! So I went personally and was fully fed up and it has been a year haveing this problem with this childish behavior!!! The boy opened the door, so I asked for his mom straight away, so the boy called his mom and said( mom next door here for the ball, but she asked me to hide it in not me!!!!!!) she knocked him to stop talking and said what do you want???? I a said with surprise: I'm here to complain about the old story of the ball and thought its boys problem but it seems the problem is with you as well as you asked you son to hide it!!! She said yes because you reported us to housing!! I said yes and that's because you for long months insisted not to solve the problem!!! She said well go to hell.. I said ok you will hear from council again then!! And I left.. she followed me with anger and start swearing at me saying: who are you to come here and threatening me!! Go back from where you come from you F*immigrants!! F* the council.... I was going back toward my car and asking her to stop coming toward me but she lost her control and came to me and she was about to hit me when I started to scream for help and someone calling police!! All the neighbors who knew her for long time stood next to her against me and didn't bother to ask me with the problem and instead they asked her so she started by telling lies and mentioned our report to housing against them.. so everyone look at anger to me and the lady was shouting and saying very bad racist words.. when I felt all alone and afraid I took my mobile to record the swearing words but her daughter 17 run to me wit
Sue - 22-Dec-16 @ 2:24 PM
I am mom of 5 moved a year ago to house and started being annoyed with our next door neighbor young son, age 9 traspassing our back garden for his ball, bulling and swear at my son who is only 7. And things escalated when he started calling him names (fat, girl, stupid..) and my son war started to be afraid of going to the back garden!! And then he started to through our balls to the other nighbours who had dogs so they would pop our ball!! I tried to send my girls to complain to the mother and older son 20 and no help offered!! We lost 3 balls and a lot of hard time when play time ruined once our ball lands by mistake on their garden!! Although we always throw their ball back without any problem.. we contacted the housing about this behavior after 7 months of stress.. and since then their boy stopped jumping on our back garden or even speaking to my son and it was so relaxing time but we kept throwing back their ball to them, while they keep our ball for looong time before throwing it back.. as revenge.. we kept things calm as possible and I kept buying new balls and ask my only son not to kick it high so it won't land on their garden.. until 2 days ago things exploded!!! He kicked his last ball and the boy hold it and took it inside their house!! My daughter asked him to return it he said, he will be in trouble with his old brother if he did!! And he mentioned that several times before!! So I went personally and was fully fed up and it has been a year haveing this problem with this childish behavior!!! The boy opened the door, so I asked for his mom straight away, so the boy called his mom and said( mom next door here for the ball, but she asked me to hide it in not me!!!!!!) she knocked him to stop talking and said what do you want???? I a said with surprise: I'm here to complain about the old story of the ball and thought its boys problem but it seems the problem is with you as well as you asked you son to hide it!!! She said yes because you reported us to housing!! I said yes and that's because you for long months insisted not to solve the problem!!! She said well go to hell.. I said ok you will hear from council again then!! And I left.. she followed me with anger and start swearing at me saying: who are you to come here and threatening me!! Go back from where you come from you F*immigrants!! F* the council.... I was going back toward my car and asking her to stop coming toward me but she lost her control and came to me and she was about to hit me when I started to scream for help and someone calling police!! All the neighbors who knew her for long time stood next to her against me and didn't bother to ask me with the problem and instead they asked her so she started by telling lies and mentioned our report to housing against them.. so everyone look at anger to me and the lady was shouting and saying very bad racist words.. when I felt all alone and afraid I took my mobile to record the swearing words but her daughter 17 run to me wit
Sue - 22-Dec-16 @ 2:24 PM
Continue: daughter 17 run to me with violence and snatched the mobile and thrown it to the floor of my car and damaged it!! I recorded that but only!! And yet no one was interested to what is happening to me and they were calming her down!! I shouted and said: is everybody here against me just because I'm new and Muslim lady!! I have been living here for 15 years and all my children born here and if any of you were fair enough you would ask me what's my problem instead of listing to one story only!! I told them about her sons behaviour and how friendly I tried to be to them for long time by offering dishes from time to time and offering lifts to the mother attacking me when she was walking and even told them how many times her son came to visit and offered food and cakes and play time with us but all stopped when he returned it by rude behaviors and hiding the ball!! She screamed again to drive more attention and said No you did that because I am Black!!!! I said What! Don't use that card as I never treated you difrently ever and the proof that my son used to play with yours for long time and you just started your fight with me using racist words such us go to your F* country and who are you!!! At the end we reach peace agreement that we will have fresh start and we will keep our good relations.. but I was ill of panic attack for the whole night and next day when I had sharp pains in my arms and legs and headache that all accompanies when I am super afraid.. plus found my mobile is damaged and I took it to repairs and cost me £70 for new screan and repairs as all the buttons where not working on my IPhone 6.. what shall do? Should I forget about it? Or mention it to housing or police? Or tell her to compensate me for the repair and balls ? Or nothing at all and have fresh start????
Sue - 22-Dec-16 @ 12:58 PM
I am mom of 5 moved a year ago to house and started being annoyed with our next door neighbor young son, age 9 traspassing our back garden for his ball, bulling and swear at my son who is only 7. And things escalated when he started calling him names (fat, girl, stupid..) and my son war started to be afraid of going to the back garden!! And then he started to through our balls to the other nighbours who had dogs so they would pop our ball!! I tried to send my girls to complain to the mother and older son 20 and no help offered!! We lost 3 balls and a lot of hard time when play time ruined once our ball lands by mistake on their garden!! Although we always throw their ball back without any problem.. we contacted the housing about this behavior after 7 months of stress.. and since then their boy stopped jumping on our back garden or even speaking to my son and it was so relaxing time but we kept throwing back their ball to them, while they keep our ball for looong time before throwing it back.. as revenge.. we kept things calm as possible and I kept buying new balls and ask my only son not to kick it high so it won't land on their garden.. until 2 days ago things exploded!!! He kicked his last ball and the boy hold it and took it inside their house!! My daughter asked him to return it he said, he will be in trouble with his old brother if he did!! And he mentioned that several times before!! So I went personally and was fully fed up and it has been a year haveing this problem with this childish behavior!!! The boy opened the door, so I asked for his mom straight away, so the boy called his mom and said( mom next door here for the ball, but she asked me to hide it in not me!!!!!!) she knocked him to stop talking and said what do you want???? I a said with surprise: I'm here to complain about the old story of the ball and thought its boys problem but it seems the problem is with you as well as you asked you son to hide it!!! She said yes because you reported us to housing!! I said yes and that's because you for long months insisted not to solve the problem!!! She said well go to hell.. I said ok you will hear from council again then!! And I left.. she followed me with anger and start swearing at me saying: who are you to come here and threatening me!! Go back from where you come from you F*immigrants!! F* the council.... I was going back toward my car and asking her to stop coming toward me but she lost her control and came to me and she was about to hit me when I started to scream for help and someone calling police!! All the neighbors who knew her for long time stood next to her against me and didn't bother to ask me with the problem and instead they asked her so she started by telling lies and mentioned our report to housing against them.. so everyone look at anger to me and the lady was shouting and saying very bad racist words.. when I felt all alone and afraid I took my mobile to record the swearing words but her daughter 17 run to me wit
Sue - 22-Dec-16 @ 12:52 PM
Jane - Your Question:
I recently moved next to a racist family in Braintree England and the woman is unemployed and at home everyday. She seems quite lonely and evil and hisses and snarls racial verbal abuse at our direction and has even picked up cat and dog excrement and placed it on our house. She seems uneducated and displays neo nazism. I once complained to the police but I decided not to press charges incase things escalated but as a result she and her husband continue to dedicate every passing hour to interrupting a quiet area with racist slurs and being discriminatory. I am close to pressing charges.

Our Response:
You should report them to the police again - this sort of behaviour has to be stopped, so unfortunately it's up to you to report it.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Dec-16 @ 11:36 AM
I recently moved next to a racist family in Braintree England and the woman is unemployed and at home everyday. She seems quite lonely and evil and hisses and snarls racial verbal abuse at our direction and has even picked up cat and dog excrement and placed it on our house. She seems uneducated and displays neo nazism. I once complained to the police but I decided not to press charges incase things escalated but as a result she and her husband continue to dedicate every passing hour to interrupting a quiet area with racist slurs and being discriminatory. I am close to pressing charges.
Jane - 21-Dec-16 @ 2:53 AM
My husband and I and our children were harassed by this Mexican family for 29 years. They are racist against everyone. I've had 3 restraining orders on them.Every time the restraining order expires,they start harassing us again. They follow us in their car.Their kids are all over the age of 40 years old now and 1 still lives at home.He has no respect for anyone or anything. He follows my now elderly husband while I'm at work.He s constantly looking into our backyard. I'm constantly calling the police.
Kay - 22-Sep-16 @ 10:28 AM
I am Mexican and have two boys whose father is Black, my current husband is Anglo and a law enforcement officer.A year ago a neighbor moved next to us who is targeting us and harassing us, she has Aspbergers and her son is Autistic. The husband is a pilot who is never ever home, she never opens her blinds and is currently trying to get my husband fired by filing false allegations and even went to the extent of filing a formal complaint to the office of disabled people stating that she is afraid of us, specially my husband even when we have had NO contact or interaction with her at all.All her statements are false... What can I do????
MGB - 9-Jun-16 @ 11:41 PM
I live in walsall with my 3 kids 2 of my kids have mental problem they 16and 17 years ..and my daugther 11 ...we live there for 7 years ..the same week we move it start ..i call the police they av done nothing ..even the housing ...it break me down were i have an stroke last year ...i tell the doctors at the manor lie..because im afraid someone work there see me ...are have family that live near us....and say something back ...anyway it get to my kids really bad ...my big son not dealing with very good ...they dont listen to me at all ...i feel like jus stop all my kids pain and it will over ...and then they will deal with the next family better... Its hurts so bad i dont want to take my child to school ...its everywhere ..around us ...etc...school ..shops...chippi...bank...postoffice..my daughter always say mummy they are bad people...thats not good to say as a child ..i hate my life and my kids life. .they never come on the street for 7years we live here ...saddddddddd ...bad things come to my mind for my kids everyday ....saddddd.
silena - 27-May-16 @ 4:09 AM
I have a racist neighbour, and When I complained to the police, the Police proved as racist as the neighbour. The solicitors and even the courts exercise racism The strength only comes from inside
MJ - 27-Feb-16 @ 11:15 AM
I had the first encounter of racism tonight. In my neighbor white neighbors will just stare without saying anything but this was much worse. We had a family member who was a senior who wandered out and sat near the person property, they needed help getting back home and mind you have health problems like diabetes and neuropathy, so we knew we couldn't simply walk them back, so we got in are car to go down about a block and a half to pick them, we pulled into the nearest driveway so we could get them there as soon as possible, so we got out of the car, attempted to help him up but couldn't as we were both female and couldn't carry his weight, so we had to wait for my male family members. We were literally away from our car for about less than a minute and were going back to it to pull out when a caucasian man tells us he has called the cops on us, for pulling in his driveway briefly, he tells us to leave which is what we were doing when it came out of the house heckle us, but then stands in front of the driver side door so we can't leave, mind you we are two african american females and he is a white man bigger than both of us. My female family memeber manages to get in the car and starts to pull out of the driveway then this man jumps behind the car trying to prevent her from being able to back out she continues as he trying to hold the car, and she manages to leave, I explain to him that we have a family member that is sick and we need help, he says he's on my property he needs to get off my property and as I'm explaining we need help, he's calling the cops claiming we parked in his driveway before, that we tried to run him over and all other nonsense that didn't happen. As soon as he saw we were black he called the cops and even after telling him we needed help he refused and persisted to tell us to get off of his property. Luckliy the cops helped and didn't believe this man as he was obviously racist not only that the man lied to them claiming we didn't ask for help and if did he would have helped I couldn't believe he was trying to save face in front of the cops. This was a horrible encounter with a racist for me as it was already a stressful situation and it literally was life or death because had someone who was a senior and a diabetic been outside any longer they could have went into shock which was something I wasn't willing to risk, but the white man had no problem with risking anothers life if the person was black, I couldn't how heartless and mean this person was. It was shocking and afterwards he wanted to report us! And for what is what I wondered for trying to help a family member who he claimed was on his property and the point was we were trying to but at the same time he was telling us to leave he was trying to prevent us from leaving because he wanted the cops to come and arrest us as he put it. I'm sure he was very disappointed when two minority cops showed up and made no arrest because there was nothing to arrest
Mia - 3-Nov-15 @ 8:19 AM
Hi long story short , my and my family have been subject to racism for the last two years , though I've withheld from using the race card hoping it will go away a recent incident has taken this to the next level leaving my 5 year old daughter petrified and with questions asking me where were from and why do the neighbours shout us to go back. Further more the neighbours have stuck on the confederate flag on the back of their car.I've called the police and been to citizens advice b. But it seems that I'm hitting dead end with them. My wife is worried about out families welfare as we have a child of 5 and a child with extreme disability . Can anyone guide us/me to have this stopped or prevent them in anyway?
Kyle - 2-Aug-15 @ 3:52 AM
@junamuri. You should report all incidents of racist behaviour to the police. There are also many organisations for racial equality that can support you. Ask at your local Citizens Advice Bureau for more details.
ProblemNeighbours - 17-Feb-15 @ 2:48 PM
I been checking for a house to rent in a fewwebsites, I found one a bit expensive, but cover all my necessities, so I call the agency, obviouslyYou can understand that I am not British, so, they told me the house is out of the market. Ok. Those was on Monday, on Friday, I passed near of the house, and the advertising still in the house, so I say to my wife, please call you, and will see. She is not British as well, so they say no. Ok. But on the next week I still seen the house in internet, so I ask to one of my British friends for a favor, and he call the same agency, the same agent say yes, the house is available. So, now where I can complain?? Or I can do ,???? I feel really discriminated. Thanks
jumamuri - 16-Feb-15 @ 2:18 PM
So a few months on and the insidious antics of the nasty bitter woman below me is is full flow, deeper than I even thought. An asb case opened against me(defamation) has been closed as all part of her campaign oddly her good friends who live next door who have conspired against me have dismissed the idea of mail theft, get this for a laff! Two weeks ago this person decided to sign for Amazon packages as me! She signed exactly as if she were me, so she pretended, the fraud team have been notified, it just goes on and on, it is very hurtful but what I know in my heart is those who wish to believe most probably already have a set in place schema about people of color and as such they need very little evidence to back up their own warped belief system, I am certain karma will visit those who have worked against me. Stay strong as often there is pure envy involved. Bless.
Humanism does wonder - 20-Jan-15 @ 9:41 PM
@MRT502 - you should tell the police about this kind of behaviour. It may seem trivial to many (especially those in that particular lettings agency), but if it's treated seriously, we can hope that one day it will stop.
ProblemNeighbours - 30-Oct-14 @ 2:24 PM
I am white, British, early 40s with a home counties accent.My wife is white, late 30s, Russian with a Russian accent. We are currently looking for a new home in the private rented sector and, several times recently we have become gravely concerned at what we can only describe as racist behaviour by a number of smaller local estate agents. To give you an example, we found a property on a popular property website and, as we were round the corner from the property, we decided to drive by and take a look at the area.Encouraged, my wife called the estate agent and was treated rudely with her answers to their questions not being listened to and her being told, categorically, that she would need a guarantor - despite having told the person on the other end of the telephone that I am in full time employment earning more than enough to cover the rent of the property.We drove straight from the property to the office of the estate agent concerned and I walked in alone.I asked for particulars of the property and to arrange a viewing.I was asked if it were just for myself ("No, my family") and if I was working ("Yes").That was all the conversation needed to secure a booking. I then requested to speak to the owner as I wished to make a complaint.I was eventually given his mobile number which I called and left a message simply asking if we could discuss my complaint in person as I had concerns about his staff. 4 hours later I receive a call back from the owner stating that his member of staff had hung p on my wife because she had told them to "F*** Off" when asked if she was working.I tried explaining, calmly and rationally, that this was not how the conversation had gone (I was sat next to her in the car and could clearly hear both sides of the conversation).The owner, Mr D, refused to hear my complaint at all.I even asked him if it were completely beyond the realms of possibility that his member of staff had got it wrong, realised she had got it wrong and, in order to cover herself with her boss, had been less than 100% truthful.Despite acknowledging that this would not be beyond the realms of reality (his phrasing), Mr D. still would not listen to my complaint nor acknowledge that anything untoward could have happened.Mr D instead decided to take the view that they did not want our patronage. This is not an isolated incident with the estate agents in our area and, I feel, is a situation that has not been made easier my recent articles in the national press. IF either the member of staff could be honest about the incident or Mr D had been willing to listen to my complaint, I may have been willing to chalk this up to someone having a bad day (we all have them).As it is, I cannot help but fel that this behaviour was racially motivated towards my wife and I would like to know where I should go to raise my concerns further. Yours, MRT502
MRT502 - 28-Oct-14 @ 3:05 PM
@laurie. You should write to the owner or property management company responsible for the flats. They should be able to take action regarding his lax security in the communal areas and also request that he removes posters from his door, especially if other tenants find them offensive. Regarding the noise, if this is a consistent nuisance the contact your environmental health office which has the power to serve an abatement notice. Any truly racist behaviour should be reported directly to the police of course.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Oct-14 @ 11:23 AM
My neighbour has put up a photograph of tealights in the shape of a swastika above the door to his flat! I'm black, he also makes noise when he knows I have gone to bed. I can go into my bedroom 10 minutes before I go to bed and it is all quiet, but as soon as get into bed and settle down, he starts it like a dull thudding noise, like he is banging something on the floor, and this can go on for hours, or it is an intermittant noise, ans as soon as you start to drop of he start again. He leaves the doors unlocked, even though he knows they has been loads of burglaries, in the area (16) in just 2 month. He even leaves the window in the hall open, which is just above a flat roof, it's almost like he wants me to get robbed. I live in fear that I will come home to find that this has happened. He knows I am concerned about this as I have had many conversations about leaving both the door and window unlocked....is this just me or would anyone else see this as harrassment and intimidation?
Laurie - 20-Oct-14 @ 12:15 PM
Sorry me again;-) I know for a fact this woman in time will come to realize that using half of a community to try and ruin me just informs me that she does see me as a big threat for whatever reason,am of the upmost importance to her and her life with her plotting and sneaking around. Racism and racist behaviour is alive and well in this country and to suggest otherwise is disingenuous. The entire infra-structure that we all live within is based on supremacy and as such there will be a lot of obstructions but stay positive and remember that you will not be harassed, worn down and made to feel inferior which behaviour of this kind does try to induce within another. Another thing to consider is that how important that you must be for this person to be focusing on ruining you and your life through viciousness. I leave my home with a confident step even if I do not feel it inside as I simply will not allow anyone to alter how I feel about myself. Everyone, keep your head up and remember the finest steel often gets sent through the hottest furnace. Believe in what you think you can not achieve, it may take days, months or years, many may not have the strength, but try your hardest to keep that self belief strong within you. The system is set up so that while there are discrimination Acts in place it is a case of giveth with one and taketh with other, meaning that often those in charge of making sure these legislations are implemented like the Police and Housing all to often turn a blind eye due to their own deep rooted issues with discriminatory feelings. This is not generally carried out consciously though can be, more sothere is an unspoken collective agreement. Okay must go, but just stay strong and you WILL prevail. Bless.
Humanism does wonder - 22-Jul-14 @ 10:50 PM
Interesting web page! I am currently being systematically harassed by a woman who is 35 years older than me. So far the HA have failed to act so I have made a complaint threating legal action, I already have an existing complaint open regarding this vile piece of work. I do not wish to say to much in case it identifies me, you never know who may read this. The harassment is about dominance, the resident has lived in the block for 28 years, she is much older and has a very "I am lady of the manor" syndrome about her. The racial element was there from the beginning but in all honesty at first very subtle if this makes sense, just little comments which were quite vague, however over the course of a short period of time her "shyness" about such matters has disappeared altogether. Sticking up newspaper cuttings in communal hallway, referencing my racial group in a Slanderous way to the HA in regards to what she states she heard me yell at the police who visited me after the 5th visit in less weeks. Oh yes, this resident who is both a bully but also very weak has taken to calling the police on me for made up crimes when ever she feels like it, the purpose is for me to hopefully for her be dragged out of my home like a common criminal with the street looking on muttering "what IS ITwith those types of people"? Sadly for her I enjoy reading and as such know how to protect myself with the Law. The Police have been used as agencies to harass me as have the local PCSO(one of them is her good pal), a dynamic often used by one who seeks to destroy through any means. After the last two forced attempt entries to my home I have now submitted two official complaints against the police citing above reasons and the fact that when I have invited them into my home they have been very rude, condescending, disbelieving, and more. I have notified my local MP who is now on the case. The Police are not happy I have got my local MP who is quite the star in the House of Commons to represent me. It is draining, she has done her best to isolate and intimidate me from the very start of me moving in to my new home, however I simply will NOT be intimidated. There is a lot more but.... Ah yes theft of my mail but I do know she has been stealing the mail from within the communal building for some time, three flats in block, no mail boxes, she on ground floor so has been easy for her and have seen her with my own eyes yet has decided to Slander me that I am the one stealing, the HA know this not to be true, accept she has stolen hence new mail boxes installed, accept newspaper cuttings, photographical evidence, and more and yet they have colluded from the very start. Agiesm the other way is going on, I have been informed by a Law Centre the very fact that she is 67 will mean the HA will simply not be impartial in this manner. Oh but they will in time..... It can hurt to see residents looking at you with doubt, but sod em,I know for a fact that this resident
Humanism does wonder - 22-Jul-14 @ 10:34 PM
@GillyBilly..it's probably not really advisable to tackle a tenant about their political views. If you suspect they are extreme and likely to have a negative impact then contact the police on a non-emergency number.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Jul-14 @ 9:56 AM
Hello, We let a house to a couple and their son. They have not been ideal tenants, however my husband is unwilling to take action to remove them, as they have been at the property for some years now and carry out maintenance to the interior. I have noticed recently, that the man has been posting some rather extreme right wing views on his Facebook page. I am sure this is not illegal, but he seems to have particular issues with both Eastern European people and those who follow Islam. What constitutes racist behaviour? - I am sure he must exhibit these views in his life, as well as his online life. I am troubled by this, but my husband is unwilling to tackle him about it, as it seems his friends and family share his views and we cannot end their tenancy for inadequate reasons. Thank you.
Gillybilly - 4-Jul-14 @ 10:26 AM
Hi Rock, I am sorry you have had to experience such ignorance.I, too, am going through the same thing right now.My neighbors have been cautioned by the police, but they continue to disobey the warnings.I will not put up with their toxic behavior and will continue to report them.I have also decided to write to my local MP as well.It is disgusting, because their actions are blatant racial discrimination and harassment.I have noticed that the other neighbors do not speak now as well... That is their problem not mine.I am very happy my parents raised me well and to be very strong. It is very sad, or should I say, they are very sad... through all of this nonsense; I have remained calm and have acted with dignity.. Unlike them, using foul language, especially the usage of the F word and in each shot of my five year old children and used directly at my oldest son and his friends.So, yes, stay strong and do not take this horrific behavior from anyone.I have had to deal with racism most of my life.. it is very ugly and I would not put anyone through this.. Keep reporting them.. someone will listen!!
Che' - 17-Feb-14 @ 6:53 PM
Hi all One option to record all instances by use of CCTV cameras open and covert plus private detectives research on the internet on order to bring the Perpertraters to justices. Budgets permitting If any one has any better ideas please let me know
Andysh08 - 2-Jan-14 @ 2:38 PM
Some of us are stuck with racist neighbours. What is worse is when you report it and both the offender and the police seem to be in denial. I have severed all sorts of racist abuse and harassment for the past 5 years. I get told that it was my words against theirs and to gather proof. To all the victims; please do be strong and get on the authority to take action. Don't suffer in silence as the problem is VERY real. We need to speak up and hopefully shame the racist fools. I say go to MP, LAW CENTRE, SOLICITORS,THE PAPERS; If we are not being heard. WE ALL DESERVE A PEACEFUL LIFE AND SHOULDNT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH SOMEONE CONSTANTLY ON OUR CASE.
ROCK - 12-Sep-13 @ 6:54 PM
We were the first Asian family to move onto a council estate, soon after moving in we started receiving anonymous letters in disguised writing with racist remarks and threats, messages such as we are going to have petrol poured through our letterbox and burnt alive whilst we sleep, anonymous callers giving threats and racist abuse to the point we had to change our telephone number. We have had cars damaged, smashed windows, etc. 15 years later it's become very clear our neighbour was behind this campaign of hatred, only she no longer does it anonymously.She is on very strong medication for mental health problems.She openly begs everyone living on the estate to come and sort us out, continuous gossiping and slandering, asking young kids to damage our property, getting members of her family to physically attack us, made many racist comments over the years, making false allegations to the police to get us arrested, it's non-stop harassment. I'm pretty sure the fact we own our property and her property is council owned makes her even more angry. The police don't really do anything, the harassment we suffer is on a daily basis, it's got to the point where we have asked the council to swap our privately owned house for another council house on another estate. We wont be able to sell our house as we will have to tell any potential buyers about the problems we have experienced from this problem neighbour, the council are also very slow in acting.
billy - 26-Jun-13 @ 9:12 PM
I have neighbours wrongfully accusing the household of being racist and abusive. They have gone to the local counsel and complained about us and now we have been threatened that we may possibly be prosecuted. All of which are wrongful accusations but I dont know what procedures I can take to avoid further accusations and most importantly not get prosecuted.
galvano - 24-Apr-13 @ 12:41 PM
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