As many as 83 were from BME communities
26th April 2010: Even as the political parties are making an issue out of immigration, racist violence remains a topic by and large untouched —despite the fact five persons are on an average annually killed in racial attacks in the UK.
The estimates, following a research from the Institute of Race Relations, are since the death of Stephen Lawrence.
The only research body in the UK to monitor racial violence, the Institute of Race Relations came out with the finding that 89 people lost their lives in racial violence attacks in the UK since the murder of Stephen Lawrence on 22 April 1993.
Elaborating, the research says out of the total, as many as 83 were from BME communities and just six were White. Rather, four were White British and two were Polish migrant workers.
A spokesperson at IRR says 17 years ago, the country was transfixed by the information that emerged, because of the sustained campaign by the Lawrence family, about the random nature of the attack and the way the police failed to find the killers.
The Macpherson report into the death, with its finding of institutional racism in the police force and 70 recommendations as to how to deal with the problem and with that of racial violence, was supposed to ensure that such murders never happened again.
But they have happened again and again and again. The sad thing is that such deaths hardly make news. The names of the victims will barely be known to anyone but their immediate families. For politicians, the issue of racial violence is dead and buried.
The IRR is expected to publish a full paper on racial violence, `Racial violence: the buried issue’. It will include an analysis of attacks in 2009.