Racism rears it's ugly head yet again, lessons must be learned.
As some have celebrated the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of Georg Floyd, I have asked myself ‘celebrate?’.
The amount of wringing of hands or praying for justice to be done sums up the problem or issues we have with race, when you see a officer of the law murder an innocent man in public and on video.
Yet I have seen so much worry and stress on the outcome of a court case, this definitely demonstrates how little confidence there is and how far we have to go with race relations and equality in the world.
It seems that every day something new comes to light which demonstrates the injustice suffered by people from the colonised worlds.
On Thursday we heard how their service to their King, Queen and Country was overlooked by the people entrusted to record the history of their exploits and demise. They were passed over as an irrelevance, or the people not seen as civilised enough to appreciate any recognition for the price paid .
I’m continually surprised at the contributions of people from the colonies in our wars over the centuries.
While I served in the Royal Air Force this was never mentioned once – it would have been of great comfort and maybe helped educate some of my less well-informed colleagues.
How can we hope to eradicate racism in any form when the powers that be have instigated and supported racism for centuries?
The report shows how the War Graves Commission ignored the contribution of African, Asian and West Indian soldiers in both world wars, who were killed or injured in action.
Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice were ignored and buried in mass unmarked graves out of convenience.
Then appalingly it was suggested these soldiers wouldn’t appreciate a headstone because of their level of civilisation.
That to me doesn’t seem like a right or proper way to pay respect to fallen or injured soldiers, regardless of race or colour. How would it be if we did the same to Britain’s white fallen soldiers?
The recent government Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report concluded that there is no institutional racism in Britain and said the UK should act as a model for other “white-majority” countries.
Institutionalised racism still exists in Britain, report or no report.
Earlier this month, PC Ben Hannam became the first serving British officer to be convicted of a terroism offence, after being found guilty of belonging to a neo-Nazi terror group.
Everyday something more is discovered which puts a dent in race relations and equality in this country.
Whether it be in the workplace, the terraces or in the police, racism exists in society overtly, covertly and institutionally.
George Floyd’s murder and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests has shown up issues and division in society.
Our Government needs to recognise, speak out and challenge racism so that it might then trickle down into society.