Racism: the Moment of Truth
Jonathan Smith writes...
There is no doubt that the events of recent days have got us all thinking and talking about racism, maybe as never before:
- the failure to publish a key report on the impact of the pandemic on some minorities
- the Black Lives Matter protests
- the 3-year anniversary of the Grenfell disaster.
They have exposed, once again, that, even in a mature democracy, with independent institutions of policing and justice, profound divisions and injustices are just beneath society’s surface.
This is a grave and defining moment for our nation. We are well past the time for yet more avoidance and delay; another Commission is an insulting waste of time.
The responsibility is no-one else’s but ours. Our political leaders are asking the black and minority ethnic communities to be patient. Their response, and mine, is: “Oh no: not again!”.