You’ll remember, yawn, that I used to teach research methods to the bairns and supervised bigger PhD weans. See if one them came to me wanting to research racist behaviour by Scottish teachers because only one case in the last five years has been reported to the GTC and that because they’ve heard its not getting reported it must be more common, so it is, by the way, but, it’d be short thrift for them! You can’t just imagine a phenomenon because there’s ‘growing concern’ and you want it to be there so that you can conveniently prove that what you always thought was the case, is the case. That’s not research!
This is a return to the wider, subconsciously driven, attempts by some in our NoMedia to remind Scots not to get too cocky about being different on racism.
Reporting Scotland, back in September 2018, on racism in Scotland was, well, about more racism but NOT in Scotland.
We heard about a worthy EIS initiative to reduce racism in Scottish schools, but Reporting Scotland clearly felt they should be able to justify the project with evidence of a need for it. They couldn’t find any Scottish examples, so we had mention of the Manchester Arena bomb attack and some anecdotal tales from Anas Sarwar.
What we didn’t have was:
‘There were 3,349 [hate crime] charges reported [in Scotland] in 2016-17, 10 percent fewer than in 2015-16, and the lowest number reported since 2003-04.’
Remember these figures include graffiti, passing comments and tweets, anti-semitic (only 17), racism and attacks against the English, East Europeans, Roma, Sikhs, Catholics and presumably Protestants too.
In England and Wales, however:
‘Hate crimes have rocketed by almost a third in the UK in the past year, with unprecedented spikes around the EU referendum and terror attacks recorded by police. New figures released by the Home Office confirm victims’ reports of a dramatic increase in incidents motivated by attackers’ hostility towards their race, nationality, religion or other factors. Data from police forces across England and Wales showed there were almost 80,400 hate crimes recorded in the 2016/17 financial year.’
So, is it, maybe, not being reported to the GTC because its just not happening here, enough for a big dramatic report ?