When I was in a Nazi concentration camp, my name was written on the walls and I was sent to a nearby building where I was given a ‘Nazi badge’.
When I came out of the building, the guards would look at me and say, ‘You’re a German-American’.
They would also look at other Germans who had been arrested for the same offence.
The ‘Nazi’ badge became associated with an era when Britain was a slave-holding empire.
Today, many people associate the term with the far right.
But when I was a kid, I felt ‘Nazi’ and ‘white supremacist’.
I had been taught my family’s racial history, and I didn’t think I was racist.
After a while, my sense of guilt started to creep in, and it wasn’t until I was old enough to vote and to take part in political campaigns that I realised what it was all about.
When the Conservatives won the 1997 election, they took the ‘Nazification’ campaign to the next level.
Now that the Conservatives are in power, people are more open about their racist beliefs.
Even people who didn’t come to terms with racism in childhood are open to the idea that the term should be abolished.
There are many signs pointing to the rise of racism in Britain, but for the most part people are still willing to pretend they don’t know it exists.
You don’t have to be a Nazi to be racist.
You just have to have the right attitude.
So is there anything we can do to help stop this trend of racism becoming more and more normalized?
If you or someone you know is experiencing racism, you can:Read our guide on what to say to someone who’s racist, or ask your local authority to step in and step up to protect the safety of all those who don’t feel safe.
Read more about racism:Theresa May has previously said that racism in the UK is “out of control”.
She said:”We’re in a time of unprecedented discrimination and prejudice, and racism in this country is out of control.”
I want to reassure the people of this country that they will be protected and they will not be made to feel unsafe.
“Labour has also pledged to crack down on racism in all forms, from racist remarks and online abuse to the spread of anti-Semitic hate speech.
Read our full guide on how to speak out against racism.
And the National Union of Students has released a report which suggests people should be more likely to report racist comments and harassment if they know someone who is affected.
The National Union for Students says it will make it easier for people to report hate crimes and discrimination to police and social services, and will also create a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to online hate speech, including racist content.
Read all our best-practices articles about racism here