A disturbing video that appears to show two young children singing racist songs while laughing and clapping has emerged online.
The video that shows three girls singing the words "If you all hate the p***s clap your hands" to the tune of popular nursery rhyme "If you’re happy and you know it."
A toddler can also be walking around the room as the three girls, who appear to be under the age of seven, sing the song.
The video also appears to show legs of an older person, suggesting that the children were under adult supervision while the video was filmed.
Reports say that the video was uploaded after the New Year and that the girls’ accents suggest that they could be from the Greater Manchester area.
The video was first circulated on WhatsApp and has since gone viral across a number of social media sites, causing outrage with its users.
Commenting on the video, one twitter user with the handle Drac49 wrote: "Not nice. Ignorance breeds ignorance, I'm afraid."
While Amit Sharma wrote: "Things like this don't really surprise me, but seeing/hearing it from kids that young actually breaks my heart..."
The release of the video has also been slammed by anti-racism groups, who have argued that the video is an example of "child exploitation."
The interim director of Charity Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI), Alex Raikes, said in a comment, "Social media can be a tool that tackles inequalities and promotes human rights, tolerance and respect or as in this case can foster hatred and fuel divide.
"Aside from this potentially breaching the law by inciting racial hatred, what is particularly upsetting about this film is the abuse of young minds – children are not born racist – they are taught. Here we see this in action. This is a form of child exploitation.
"In a week where we have seen events that show both the value we all place on freedom of speech, and at the same time how people can be indoctrinated and manipulated to perpetrate atrocities – here we may believe this is simply freedom of expression albeit unpalatable to many – but actually this is nothing short evidence of indoctrination on film."
According to the Greater Manchester Police, they have yet to receive any complaints about the video.Reuse content