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Stephen Lawrence 20 years on: how the elite used one man’s death to erode our freedom and justice

by | 22nd, April 2013

Stephen Lawrence murder 20th anniversary

ON 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack while waiting for a bus in Eltham, south-east London. The killing resulted in Sir William Macpherson’s report, in which he stated that the police were “institutionally racist “. He said that you could be an unwitting racist a racist without having a racist thought or engaging in racist actions.

Jack Straw, then Home Secretary, set up the Macpherson inquiry. The aim: “We must make equality a reality.” He sees it as a success, saying:

 “The pervasive, open racism of the fifties and sixties, the pernicious, sniggering racism of the seventies, eighties and nineties is gone. For that we have to thank Doreen and Neville Lawrence [Stephen’s parents who battled for justice], above all others.”

Good. But now you can be labelled a racist without intending racism. Macpherson said “any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or by any other person”. And with that it became the anti-racism crusade, a moral obligation on each of us to think the right way. Forget about power and elitism. Racism was now for the thoughtless and ignorant, especially amidst the white working class who got a kicking in the mass media. Racism was no longer part of a plan of the powerful to dehumanise and enslave. It was something lower classes did. And, ultimately, in the hands of the political

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