Statement from Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Today we remember Stephen Lawrence, not just for his brutal and racially motivated murder, but for the campaign for justice that led to much needed changes in race relations in the UK.

Our thoughts are with the Lawrence family and Mr Duwayne Brooks OBE.

We also remember Sir William Macpherson, whose groundbreaking inquiry provided not only a definition of institutional racism that endures today, but also set out to transform policing in this country. Both Stephen’s and William’s legacies live on.

Today, let us also remember the many other families who have tragically lost loved ones to knife crime. These senseless acts of violence must stop.

The Commission remains committed to working with Government, its partners and agencies, and with communities to pursue race and ethnic equality, and to ensure that action is taken to build trust, promote fairness, create agency and achieve inclusivity for all.

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