We have received the following supportive statement on the No2H8 Crime Awards from the Extremism Commissioner – Sara Khan.
“Amid concerns of polarisation, intolerance and anger, it takes huge courage to stand up to hatred. It’s rarely the easy or popular option. We owe every one of the individuals celebrated today a huge debt, not just for the actions they’ve taken but for showing us a different way.
“The Commission for Countering Extremism wants to help everyone do more to challenge extremism. Hatred towards others can inspire people into extremism; extremism can normalise hatred in our society.
“People across the country are deeply concerned about the impact of extremism. Up and down the country brave counter extremists and activists are challenging those who seek to divide us. We need to support these brave people and build a coalition, a movement of all those people who are opposed to all forms of active hatred and extremism. These awards show that is possible.
“So I am delighted to say well done and a big thank you to the award winners, and to all the other unsung heroes who stand up to hate and extremism. You are the backbone of our country. As Millicent Fawcett said: “courage calls to courage everywhere”. Let’s say No2h8, let’s unite all those who believe in tolerance, equality and diversity and together let us defend and preserve these values which are the very foundations of our country.”
Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism