Channel 4 News tonight covered the twenty-fifth anniversary memorial service for murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, which was attended by an uncomfortable-looking Theresa May – who received an ‘eyeballing’ and a tough question from comedian Lenny Henry, who spoke at the event:
Henry asked the audience which of them had four pieces of ID for every year they’ve been alive – the demand placed on Windrush-generation citizens for every year they’ve lived in the UK – and then gestured to Theresa May and asked her directly:
Henry said that his key point was that there’s no ‘finish line’ when it comes to fighting racism – and that the behaviour of the Home Office toward Windrush citizens
was consistent with the same institutional racism which also frustrated the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Host Jon Snow asked Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott – nobody from the Home Office itself would appear on the programme – whether she agreed. Her response was equally damning, as she told viewers that the whole Immigration Department was unfit for purpose and that
the entire immigration dept works in a way that is not necessarily to the advantage of of people of colour.
Theresa May and Amber Rudd will have been hoping that the birth of a new royal today would provide respite and a desperately-needed diversion from their racist policies and incompetence – and from the growing pressure for their resignation.
In spite of the BBC’s readiness to skim over the issue and the huge public outrage, May and Rudd look likely to be disappointed.
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