Although Hughton, the only black manager in the Premier League, believes that there have been considerable improvements since his playing days, he admits to being concerned about the recent high-profile cases within the game.
The way to deal with perpetrators, the manager believes, is to administer harsher punishments.
"If there was a set ban for offences [of a racial nature] then it would be clear," Hughton told the Daily Telegraph.
"Ten games. It's a big chunk of the season. It would make it clear."
On the improvements in the game over the last thirty years, Hughton said: "When I played and got abused by another player, called a 'black so and so', I always said 'that's out of order' but I tried to ignore it. I'd be thinking: 'You're not going to bring me down to that level'.
"Sometimes it could be a whole section of a crowd shouting something at me or just one individual saying something when I was getting the ball for a throw-in. I said things back. Ultimately, there wasn't too much you could do about it.
"I did feel lonely. When we played at certain stadiums and I was the one getting abuse - nobody else - of course I did feel isolated."