A new report by the Runnymede Trust brings together academics, practitioners and activists to examine the state of policing and its effects on black and minority ethnic communities in contemporary Britain.
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Will McMahon highlights the embedded nature of racism. Reflecting on the US 'black lives matter' social movement, he argues the UK is yet to come to terms with the aftermath of colonialism.
- Janet Alder on her brother’s unlawful killing in custody and the subsequent police surveillance of her family;
Matt Ford brings together data highlighting areas of life where people are penalised for the colour of their skin.
It's common to hear people talk about how we now live in a ‘post-racial’ society, where merit and effort determine the extent to which people are able to meet their basic needs and achieve their potential. Indeed, this argument is often invoked to counter proponents of positive discrimination. Here I am going to use data to show that it isn't true.
Rebekah Delsol discusses profiling across the USA and Europe
Rebecca Roberts explores the social and historical context to disproportionality in the criminal justice system
Anthony Gunter traces the extent of criminalisation and how extends across institutions
Aggrey Burke writes a cautionary tale of a stigmatised minority
In a recent radio programme, a group of workers lamented the fact that black youngsters did not have role models and might be suffering a number of difficulties because of this. In a brief moment the general problem was identified but there was a sense of hopelessness regarding the solution. The specific question is whether widespread problems exist among now distant descendants from the grim history of African slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Will McMahon introduces this issue of cjm
In the last year, the USA has been shaken by the deaths of a number of black people at the hands of local police forces. A social movement has grown up around these deaths that has adopted the slogan 'black lives matter’. Fuelled by mobile phone coverage and circulated on social media, there are images showing black people being shot dead while running away or surrendering to police, or being dragged to the ground by multiple police officers and killed in the ensuing struggle.
Ejeris Dixon has outlined the potential role of 'transformative justice' in addressing violence and harm experienced by black people in the US. Writing for the website, Truthout, Ejeris describes the thinking behind such approaches;