More can be done to tackle racism in society
Doreen Lawrence was interviewed by The Guardian newspaper and was critical of the Government, saying they are not doing enough to ‘tackle racial problems’.
Doreen said “There is a lot they can do. People take their lead from the government. If the prime minister said, ‘this is what I’d like to see happen in our society’…People will try to work towards that. At the moment I’m not sure exactly what they’re doing around race.”
She has also said that some of the reforms proposed in the Macpherson report had made Britain less prejudiced but much more could have been done;
“It’s like a missed opportunity. For so long the perception is we’ve dealt with race, so we can move on. Under the surface they have not dealt with race – it is still there.”
You can read the full interview with The Guardian here
Doreen Lawrence OBE is a member of the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame. She founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to promote a positive community legacy in her son’s name and was awarded an OBE for her service to community relations in 2003. In the same interview with The Guardian Doreen said The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was faced with financial difficulties and needed to raise £150,000 by March.
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