The uncomfortable question: Was the Brexit vote based on racism?

June 25, 2016 8:16 PM

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As the world tries to make sense of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, an uncomfortable question keeps coming up: Is there a link between racist and intolerant attitudes in Britain and Britons' animosity toward the E.U.?

Data from Google Trends shows a sudden spike in searches for "Brexit racist" and "Brexit xenophobia" on Friday, the day the results of the referendum became known. And on social media, there was no shortage of people suggesting a clear link between these factors and the results.

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