1999
DOI: 10.5153/sro.240
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Abstract: The attempt by Macpherson to clarify the definintion of a racist incident has further highlighted how racism and racist harassment are misunderstood and not effectively debated. This paper highlights some of the issues which emerge from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry's definition of of a racist incident and whether it will be a useful tool.

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“…Firstly, by the late 1990s, recognition of institutional discrimination (as contrasted with individual discrimination) began to occupy a more prominent position. This followed the 1999 MacPherson Report on racial harassment, which arose from the murder of a black school student, Stephen Lawrence, a crime widely believed to be racially motivated and connected to institutional racism in schools (Chahal, 1999;MacPherson of Cluny, 1999). The trend towards focusing on institutional discrimination has been particularly marked in Northern Ireland, arising from a long history of political troubles between religious communities (which were traditionally reflected in poorer employment opportunities for Catholics as compared with Protestants).…”
Section: The Wider Policy Context Of Equality Policiesmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Firstly, by the late 1990s, recognition of institutional discrimination (as contrasted with individual discrimination) began to occupy a more prominent position. This followed the 1999 MacPherson Report on racial harassment, which arose from the murder of a black school student, Stephen Lawrence, a crime widely believed to be racially motivated and connected to institutional racism in schools (Chahal, 1999;MacPherson of Cluny, 1999). The trend towards focusing on institutional discrimination has been particularly marked in Northern Ireland, arising from a long history of political troubles between religious communities (which were traditionally reflected in poorer employment opportunities for Catholics as compared with Protestants).…”
Section: The Wider Policy Context Of Equality Policiesmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…(Gillborn, 2008, p. 123) However, Gilroy (2002Gilroy ( /1987 contends that the definition of what counted as racist in Macpherson was 'so narrowly and tightly drawn that it excluded almost everybody and left the sources of these mysterious failures inaccessible to all but the management consultants' (p. xxiii). The report's failure to be more specific about the sources and causes -the who and why of racist ideologies, actions, outcomes, and their dependency on the category of race -was viewed as a missed opportunity (Chalal 1999;Gilroy, 2002Gilroy, /1987. Goldberg (2004) argues that 'race is the glove in which the titanic, the weighty, hand of racism fits' (p. 216).…”
Section: Assertsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Obscured agency in racist acts connects with another criticism levied at the report, regarding the assertion that institutions are riddled with racism. Importantly it seems to imply that there is no clear locus for attributing responsibility or motivation for racist incidents, and this leaves the definition, as Chahal (1999) argues, less than useful. Additionally, critiques have also been aimed at the notion of evidence in the report, which was perceived to be 'circular and self-reinforcing.…”
Section: Illuminating the Policy Connections: Care Abuse And 'Race'mentioning
confidence: 99%