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Equalities CEO says gingers need better protection

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Equalities CEO says gingers need better protection

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People with red hair could be the next protected feature with a UK Equality Charity CEO warning of prejudice against them.

Chrissy Meleady MBE, CEO of Equalities and Human Rights UK, has suggested that ‘gingerphobia’ is one of the last remaining ‘socially accepted forms of prejudice’ directed at people ‘for a trait they were born with’.

Meleady, who is a redhead herself, pointed out that gingers have been abused for thousands of years, and the problem has been described as “particularly acute” in modern Britain.

In her statement, Meleady also pointed to incidents where the expectant parents said they would accept any child – including transgender children or children with disabilities – except for a ginger, and a case where the parents physically abused their baby for having red hair – claiming it was ‘the mark of the devil’.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Chrissy Meleady also called for more to be ‘done to protect children with red hair’ from ‘gingerism or anti-redhead prejudice and abuse by other children’.

Speaking to Breitbart in response to the views of political commentator Meleady Sophie Corcoran, who has red hair, said: “Don’t make us redheads the next victimized or oppressed group – we’ve all had our fair share of ridicule, but there’s a very clear difference between joking and bullying – we have to draw a line between the two. #GingerLivesMatter”.

Some of the historic abuses that gingers have suffered include 15th-century Germany, where people with red hair were considered witches and around 45,000 people were tortured and murdered, it was claimed in 2010.

Schoolchildren with red hair have also been beaten and ‘bled’ on the unofficial ‘National Kick a Ginger Day’, supposed to take place on November 20, in Britain and the United States.

A study based on the University College of Cork in 2016 reported that “over ninety percent” of redheaded men have been bullied across the world, the BBC reports.

Equalities CEO says gingers need better protection

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