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AN OVERVIEW OF RACIAL VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT IN THE UK SO FAR IN 2012

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR), which documents racist attacks, is now collating regular short briefings on emerging trends in racial violence throughout the UK. And the first six months of 2012 reveals a reality of routine abuse and harassment – from graffiti to vicious assault, from alcohol fuelled vandalism to hate campaigns. At least one attack has proved fatal. Given that these incidents were recorded in the local or (much less frequently) national press, they show only a tiny fraction of the true scale of violence. (51,187 racist incidents were recorded by the police in 2010/11, the last year...

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‘INSTITUTIONAL RACISM’ AT ROMA PEOPLE IN SCOTLAND

A GOVERNMENT investigation has been launched after 
a report accused public officials of “institutional racism” in their dealings with Roma people living in Scotland. Officials from the Department for Work and Pensions are investigating allegations that Roma were threatened and lied to by job centre 
staff, and that legitimate benefits payments were delayed, leading to high levels of child
poverty. The allegations were made in a report commissioned by Oxfam from Govanhill Law Centre (GLC) in Glasgow. As a result of delays in welfare payments – up to three years in some cases – more than a third of low-paid Roma...

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SUPPORTING DISABLED WORKERS IS WIN-WIN

A new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that disabled people continue to be put at a disadvantage in the workplace. They are not realising their full potential as they are not getting the support they need at work. The report, “A Perfect Partnership,” says that closing the employment gap between disabled workers and non disabled workers can increase the performance of staff across the board. It found that disabled people do not want to be singled out for special treatment. They are looking for company-wide solutions that support all workers – not just those with...

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IS ROWAN WILLIAMS RIGHT TO WARN ABOUT EXCESSIVE IDENTITY POLITICS?

Rowan Williams says identity politics has been a very important part of the last 10 or 20 years but that we are ‘beginning to see the pendulum swinging back and saying […] we have to find some way of putting it all back together again. He says minority identification risks fragmenting society – our panellists deliver their verdict…   Reni Eddo-Lodge: ‘His language is divisive’ Archbishop Rowan Williams, an advocate of the Robin Hood tax, is often regarded as a progressive public voice. His latest comments recognise the importance of identity, but veer towards the dismissal of marginalised voices. Williams...

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DON’T JAIL TWEETERS – THAT’S NOT WHERE THE REAL RACIST PROBLEM LIES

The criminal justice system is targeting racist individuals while endemic discrimination in Britain is allowed to prosper… So, just 10 days after tweeting vile racist abuse about footballer Fabrice Muamba, student Liam Stacey has been jailed. A victory, and instant justice, in the fight against racism. A sign of how Britain has changed in this new post-racial nation we live in. “Tweet justice,”says the Sun newspaper headline. “LOL Ha-Ha!” Well, hold on. Am I the only one to think that 56 days in jail for a drunken rant, despicable though it was – so noxious, in fact, that no newspaper...

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ABORTION AND DISABLED CHILDREN: A TALE OF TWO CARE QUALITY COMMISSION REPORTS

Serious failings in the support of disabled children are glossed over, while an unpublished report on abortion is leapt on… It feels like cheap point-scoring to say that abortion opponents are more concerned with saving foetuses than protecting actual, living children, but the contrasting reactions to two pieces of research by the Care Quality Commission this week suggest exactly that. On Thursday, the CQC (the independent regulator of health and social care services in England) published a report that showed serious failings in the support of disabled children: unacceptably long waits for wheelchairs, a lack of cohesion between different services,...

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DO WOMEN REALLY PAY MORE FOR SERVICES THAN MEN?

When I go to the hairdresser’s, I rarely walk away with change from £100; when my boyfriend goes, he is done and dusted for £30. I had never wondered about this disparity before but US Marie Claire has turned it into a campaign with a piece claiming that women in the US pay more than men for a huge range of goods and servicesincluding home mortgages, health insurance, and cars and car repairs… “not to mention everyday items like deodorant and disposable razors”. So is it true in the UK too? First, I contacted hair salons: it might be fair...

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RACISM INCIDENTS AT LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB

The recent incidents of racism associated with Liverpool Football Club has been heavily debated nationwide. Here we present the views of two fans – our editor, Garth Dallas and Vinny Tomlinson, former Chair Merseyside Black Police Association. Garth Dallas (Editor, Diverse Magazine): “As a huge LFC fan I deliberately reserved judgement on the Suárez case until I felt I had enough information to make an ‘informed statement’. I can now say that I categorically support the verdict and the punishment!! Suárez has not been found guilty of being a racist, because that was not the charge. Rather he was convicted...

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STEPHEN LAWRENCE CASE – TIMELINE

The murder of Stephen Lawrence in south-east London 18 years ago has been the subject of multiple court cases and inquiries. See the timeline below…. 22 April 1993 Stephen Lawrence is stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack by a gang of white youths as he waits at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, with his friend Duwayne Brooks. 26 April 1993 Four prime suspects are put under surveillance. 4 May 1993 The Lawrence family complains that police are not doing enough to catch Stephen’s killers. 7 May 1993 The homes of brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt and David...

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NHS ACCUSED OVER DEATHS OF DISABLED PATIENTS

Mencap inquiry finds institutional discrimination against people with learning disabilities led to at least 74 deaths. The NHS is accused of causing the unnecessary suffering or deaths of at least 74 patients with a learning disability because of poor care that reveals enduring “institutional discrimination” among doctors and nurses. The 74 vulnerable patients’ deaths over the past decade were either caused or complicated by mistakes in hospitals and decisions by staff who failed to treat them properly and displayed ignorance or indifference to their plight, according to the charity Mencap and families of some of those who died. Inquiries by...