7 February 2019 — Institute of Race Relations
Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice
This week, the IRR is among sixty-five signatories to a Guardian letter, including educational charities, human rights organisations, musicians, academics and lawyers, all calling for an end to the use of ‘gang injunctions’ that prevent black musicians making references to individuals, events and places. We are calling for clearer thinking about the impact of such repressive and counter-productive proceedings – themselves a threat to civil liberties – on poor, marginalised black youth, for whom music is one of the few avenues of expression and/or ways of earning a living. Mainstream society is frightened of Grime, and even more frightened of Drill which they blame for rising knife crime in the capital, legitimising the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism approach to suspected gang associates, irrespective of any proven link to violence or, for that matter, gang membership.