Interview reflects on 2012 and the dangers of not focussing on racism and equality
"I don't think the government has race on the agenda whatsoever. It is because of how racism and inequality happens that Stephen was murdered. Do we want to go back to that? To 1993 and before? Look at what has been happening in football recently.”
Doreen Lawrence OBE
(Doreen Lawrence pictured at Civic Centre reception on August 2nd with SRtRC coaches, patrons and supporters)
In the interview Doreen says the government risks returning the country to the intolerance and ignorance of the last century by turning its back on measures introduced to ensure equality.
Doreen said "I don't think the government has race on the agenda whatsoever. It is because of how racism and inequality happens that Stephen was murdered. Do we want to go back to that? To 1993 and before? Look at what has been happening in football recently.”
People enthuse about diversity, she says. The Olympics showed that. "Why water that down? Why allow institutions to water that down? You don't want to devalue people. If the equalities bill is not done properly it will devalue people and devalue the work I have done for the last 20 years. It is very serious.
"I think about what it was like before the inquiry, what we were going through, what people on the street were going through – the inequality, within institutions and within their work. If we don't make a stand we will go back to those days and I don't think we should."
Doreen Lawrence OBE has been a long-standing supporter of Show Racism the Red Card and a member of our Hall of Fame. Earlier this year she received a civic reception at Newcastle Civic Centre on a visit to the region.
BBC Look North was able to film at the event and included a piece on the evening news. SRtRC have reproduced the film here
Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, said today, “Show Racism the Red Card are extremely proud of our links to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Doreen is an inspiration to our campaign and I am proud to be representing our organisation at tonight's event at the Commons.”
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is announcing its plans for 2013 at the Speaker’s chambers in Parliament tonight. 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.