When politicians claim that hard economic times explain why there’s a spike in racism, why people are racist, it is nothing more than an excuse to approve racist behavior. They endorse such behavior because they don’t have any issues about their voters venting their hostility towards migrants and minorities.
Racism has existed for a long time in our societies. It exists because we approve one way or another this kind of behavior.
Racism is an undercurrent where toxic attitudes flow and gush out whenever the time and place is right.
There is no time when racism is appropriate – it is always unacceptable and inappropriate.