Institutional Racism and the Police: Fact or Fiction (Civil by John G.D. Grieve, Michael Ignatieff, Mike O'Brien, Robert

By John G.D. Grieve, Michael Ignatieff, Mike O'Brien, Robert Skidelsky, David G. Green

Sir William Macpherson's inquiry into the homicide of Stephen Lawrence claimed to discover facts of 'institutional' or 'unwitting' racism within the Metropolitan Police provider. in spite of the fact that, the inquiry's findings have been debatable. No proof was once produced - no less than within the experience during which facts is known in a court docket of legislations. The definition of racism which Macpherson devised was once contentious since it used to be unprovable, and Macpherson did not supply weight to replacement motives for how within which Stephen Lawrence's killers escaped prosecution. during this choice of essays John Grieve of the Metropolitan Police's Racial and Violent Crime activity strength accepts the cost of institutional racism and provides an account of the ways that the MPS is looking for to wrestle this. domestic workplace Minister Mike O'Brien expands this with an account of measures which the house workplace is adopting to get rid of racism in all of its departments. Robert Skidelsky and Michael Ignatieff, however, argue that the true factor is police ineffectiveness, which affects on all Londoners, black and white. The participants to this ebook bring up profound questions on the character of policing in a unfastened society and ask if the police needs to now be colour-conscious rather than color blind. "Race crusaders have exploited the 1993 homicide of black teenage Stephen Lawrence to spice up their very own strength, it used to be claimed yesterday." The solar. "The suggestions of the Macpherson file 'are prone to scale back instead of increase racial harmony', it truly is claimed today." The day-by-day Telegraph. "The domestic place of work minister accountable for the police, Mike O'Brien, has argued that the time period institutional racism is not any longer applicable to a police carrier that's trying to switch its ways...the liberal historian and journalist Michael Ignatieff makes the even higher recommendation that what the police should pay attention to within the factor of competence, now not racism." The capsule.

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Their every whim must be pandered to. But like personal relations, a free society rests on mutual respect: ‘live and let live’, ‘give and take’, ‘agree to disagree’, ‘go our separate ways’ are among its 44 INSTITUTIONAL RACISM AND THE POLICE watchwords. By contrast, the closing line of the poem, ‘It’s in my face’, is an assertion of aggressive self-absorption. The Macpherson report was a watershed in British race relations and has led to the adoption of policies which are likely to diminish rather than improve racial harmony.

The debate appeared to be largely academic in tone until the Lawrence report thrust it into the centre of public debate. The report asked, not only whether the police were racist, but whether they were institutionally racist? The Lawrence report defined institutional racism as ‘the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people’.

People are not looking for privileges or favouritism, merely an equal chance. Targets are about 34 INSTITUTIONAL RACISM AND THE POLICE fairness, rewarding talent and putting an end to glass ceilings. Managers will have to deliver the targets or justify not hitting them in the same way as any other management target. They will be judged on their ability to deliver. These targets are necessary because evidence shows that ethnic minorities often do not get a fair deal, particularly on promotion. Jack Straw uses the example of Asian women.

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