UK: Why can’t police acknowledge institutional racism?

Thursday, 26 May 2022 — Institute of Race Relations

How can an organisation become ‘actively anti-racist’ without acknowledging the existence of institutional racism? The National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing this week launched its Police Race Action Plan, tasked with ‘Improving policing for Black people’. Like so many plans and strategies before it, it is laden with commitments to ‘overhaul systems, processes and procedures’, promote good governance and implement a range of workstreams to tackle disproportionalities in the use of force, and to restore trust with the Black community.

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IRR responds to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report

31 March 2021 — Institute of Race Relations

Sewell report seeks to sideline structural factors attached to racism

From what we have seen, both the findings and the recommendations of the government-commissioned Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report fit neatly with the government’s attempts, post-Brexit, to portray the British nation as a beacon of good race relations and a diversity model, in the report’s words, for ‘white majority countries’ across the globe. Continue reading

Racism in British News Media – The Missing Story

16 March 2021 — This Can’t be Happening

Denial doesn’t end or amend discrimination

by Linn Washington

March in London (2011) against brutality by police in Britain. LBWPhoto

On Saturday October 29, 2011 over 500 people from across England protested near the Parliament building in London. What was startling for me, an American journalist covering that protest against brutality by British police, was not who attended but who was absent.

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The Police Can Only Become More Racist, Unless They Are Abolished

7 October 2020 — Novara Media

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by Becka Hudson @becka_sh

The British public imagination remains replete with nightmares about racialised crime. This year, there are statue desecrators. In the 1980s, there were muggers. There is always the figure of the thug. The illegal immigrant. The terrorist. More recently, over the past decade, there have emerged particularly frightening types of gang: drill music-producing gangs escalating knife crime within inner cities and running ‘county lines’ of child drug dealers outside of them; and the ‘Asian grooming gang’, networks of Muslim south Asian men engaged in child sexual exploitation who target white girls.

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Confronting Institutional Racism

3 June, 2020 — Jack Rasmus

A week ago in Minneapolis, for all the world to see, a black man, George Floyd, was murdered by a policeman, Derek Chauvin. Protests broke out in nearly 100 American cities, and even worldwide, and have continued now for more than a week.

Murders of black men by police in America are not new. They are endemic. So why the deep, widespread, and sustained protests this time?

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The UK is Not Innocent – Police Racism Has a Long and Violent History Here Too

1 June 2020 — Novara Media

John Sibley/Reuters

by Wail Qasim


“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” This desperate refrain has once again become the dying words of yet another black man in the United States.

Memories of the New York City Police Department officer administering a lethal headlock on Eric Garner have barely faded since his death in 2014. In the years that followed, as protest and movement-building swept across North America, the words would come to take on their own life in solidarity with Garner and the countless other black men and women who have died following contact with the police.

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Why the Jimmy Mubenga trial matters. By ex-Chief Inspector of Prisons By David Ramsbotham

21 March 2014 — OurKingdom 

On Thursday the Crown Prosecution Service announced that three former G4S guards, Stuart Tribelnig, Terry Hughes and Colin Kaler, would stand trial for the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga on a BA plane in October 2010. Long before Mubenga’s death, Lord Ramsbotham was among those who warned repeatedly that Home Office contractors used dangerous methods of restraint.

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