Someone Made a Guide for What To Do If You See A Hate Crime

It was bound to happen. Just a few days after Trump's victory and we have already seen a rise in religion-related hate crimes across America. 

One artist has provided the internet with a brilliant guide on what to do when you come into contact with someone who is preaching Islamophobia. It would be nice to consider this cartoon as a think-piece but unfortunately, the guide will most likely come into to use in the real world over the next four years.

Maeril, the artist responsible sets out simple steps as what to do if you see a racist attack occurring: Converse with the victim while ignoring the attacker, focus on a random subject of conversation that doesn’t involve anything the attacker is talking about, maintain eye contact with the victim while refusing to engage with the attacker, and continue friendly conversation until the attacker leaves, while offering to escort the victim to a safe space.

The key to the guide is to make the attacker feel irrelevant, whilst proving the victim with a safe space. Maeril, who lives in France, designed the guide as a response to the French terror attacks last year in Paris and Nice and first shared it on her Tumblr. She urges people to do two things when coming into contact with an attacker:

    1) Do not, in any way, interact with the attacker. You must absolutely ignore them and focus entirely on the person being attacked!

    2) Please make sure to always respect the wishes of the person you’re helping: whether they want you to leave quickly afterwards, or not! If you’re in a hurry escort them to a place where someone else can take over — call one of their friends, or one of yours, of if they want to, the police. It all depends on how they feel!

In an interview Maeril gave to BuzzFeed News, she describes the psychology behind the act as “Non-complementary behavior,” which is where you invalidate someones behaviour by acting in the complete opposite way to them, in this case, being complimentary to someone who is under attack.

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