Baroness Doreen Lawrence speaks out about racism in Britain 23 years after her son was murdered in a racist attack.
Baroness Doreen Lawrence speaks out about racism in Britain over two decades after her son was stabbed to death by a gang of white youths in Eltham, south east London.
Lawrence is known for her anti-racism campaigning following the racist attack which left her 18-year-old son, Stephen Lawrence, dead in 1993.
Addressing an audience at Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, Lawrence said the issue of racism has been taken out of the agenda and forgotten by many.
“I feel that people have taken a step back and think ‘oh we’ve done that now so we can move on’. No we haven’t!” she said.
According to Lawrence, racism is still a problem that requires the collective efforts and involvement of all to tackle.
“You know I think if you speak to a lot of black people, a lot of young black men out on the street, racism is still there and is quite rife,” Lawrence said.
“I just feel that sometimes we all need to get involved. All of us as people,” she added.
Much like Dr. Martin Luther, Baroness Lawrence told the crowd she would like to see a day when people are not addressed by their races but instead as “just people”.
A public inquiry criticized the Metropolitan Police for the original investigation into Stephen Lawrence’s murder, branding them institutionally racist.
In 2012, almost 19 years after he was killed, Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of his murder.
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