Metropolitan Police

August 8, 2018

Batting Away the Windrush Scandal

What he did not say and what his predecessor had claimed to have no knowledge of, was that the government had targeted the so-called Windrush generation in full knowledge that for a variety of complex reasons many […]
August 8, 2018

Apprehending Youth Violence (3/3):
Empowerment & Advocacy

Empowerment & Advocacy Apprehending Youth Violence (3/3) Apprehending Youth Violence (1/3): Youth Work Apprehending Youth Violence (2/3): Additional Evidence to Youth Commission   Alternative education provision is now a lucrative industry and a staple in the schooling […]
August 8, 2018

Apprehending Youth Violence (2/3):
Additional Evidence

Additional evidence to Youth Violence Commission Apprehending Youth Violence (2/3) Apprehending Youth Violence: Youth Work (1/3) Apprehending Youth Violence: Empowerment & Advocacy (3/3)   What role can early years support play in reducing levels of youth violence? […]
August 8, 2018

Apprehending Youth Violence (1/3):
Youth Work

Youth Work Apprehending Youth Violence (1/3) Apprehending Youth Violence (2/3): Additional Evidence to Youth Commission Apprehending Youth Violence (3/3): Empowerment & Advocacy Brexit signals even deeper divisions and segregation in the society on the axis of race […]
June 18, 2018

Open Letter to Prime Minister Theresa May

  Dear Prime Minister  It was with both surprise and utter bemusement that I received your invitation to the above. We in this country have become used to foreign heads of state and leaders of movements being […]
April 7, 2018

Brickbats and Bouquets Government Style

Brickbats and Bouquets Government Style The comment below is what I wrote at the beginning of April in response to an invitation to a service in Westminster Abbey in June to mark 70 years of the arrival of […]
April 7, 2018

70th Anniversary of Windrush 1948

Let Us Pray The British has a quaint way of marking anniversaries. With or without pomp and ceremony, the state invites the nation to join it in prayer, often for those whose anniversary it is marking, but […]
October 27, 2017

Building A Turbulent Future

First, let me say how much I welcome the opportunity to join you as you add to the rich tapestry we continue to weave in British Social History through your crucial intervention in the matter of the […]
August 24, 2017

New Archivist vacancy at Black Cultural Archives

Preserving the Heritage of the African Diaspora This week, the George Padmore Institute is interviewing to select an Assistant Archivist. I wrote this below in relation to the GPI advert. Both these Archives are supported by public […]
August 23, 2017

Why No Black Archivists?

Preserving the Heritage of the African Diaspora The George Padmore Institute (GPI) website states: The GPI was set up in 1991 by a group of people connected with New Beacon Books, Britain’s first black publisher and bookshop. […]
July 12, 2017

After Grenfell
Lay Off the Carnival

  Challenge the assault on Carnival through criminalisation and the criminal neglect of the public safety aspect of the Notting Hill Carnival. Those responsible for Grenfell and Hillsborough need to invest in the Carnival’s safety not use […]
June 23, 2017

Lest They Forget

  Lest They Forget Africans Serving Under the British Flag in Two World Wars Semper in faecibus sumus, solum profundum variat “A luta continua… … A vitória é certa” The relationship between Africa, the African Diaspora and […]
March 14, 2014

SRA ‘not racist’ but black solicitors treated harshly

The Independent newspaper published the article below on 14/03/2014. The body that investigates solicitors has been cleared of institutional racism despite an independent inquiry concluding that it disproportionately pursues black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers for alleged wrongdoing. […]
March 8, 2014

Policing by contempt

So, finally the home secretary is ordering a judge-led inquiry into the activities of undercover police and their corrupt practices. We in the black community have argued since the 1960s that there is a thin dividing line between […]
August 4, 2013

Racism, tokenism and totemism: the disturbing case of Doreen Lawrence

In April this year I wrote a blog which I titled ‘To Iconize and Canonize – the State We’re In 20 Years after the Murder of Stephen Lawrence‘. In that article, I examined the process of iconizing […]
July 23, 2013

When Stephen met Trayvon

Stephen Lawrence – 1993 to 2013 and continuing… Trayvon Martin – 2012 to 2013 and continuing… So, who will guard and police the guards? Who and what are those guards protecting and on whose behalf? When does ‘neighbourhood watch’ […]
April 23, 2013

To iconize and canonize: Stephen Lawrence 20 years later

On 22 April 2013, senior representatives of the British state joined the Lawrence family in marking the 20th anniversary of the murder of 18 year old Stephen Lawrence by white racists. Leaders of the three main political parties and […]
March 6, 2012

Boris J. youth violence strategy: ‘sabotaged’ and ‘a shambles’

Boris Johnson’s undertaking to get to grips with knife and youth crime was one of the most welcome of his pledges during the last mayoral campaign. Since moving in to City Hall he’s put time and energy […]
January 17, 2012

Justice for Stephen but racist murders continue apace

Since the late 1990s and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report, there has been the popular view that the head of the monster of racism in British society has been exposed and that the nation and its institutions […]
January 12, 2012

Police to Stop and Search Less?

The following letter was sent to the London Evening Standard on January 12th, 2012. At long last police in London have acknowledged what young people, communities and academic researchers have been saying for decades and particularly since […]
November 29, 2011

Black, Asian, minority ethnic communities and inner city riots

The following speech was delivered at the “Beyond the Unrest – Community Safety & Civil Society” seminar, promoted by the BME Leadership & Engagement project, on November 29th, 2011. The subject I have been asked to address […]

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