Chapter six – Racism

Chapter Six – Racism (2001)
(extract from the original text for the exhibition catalogue: ’AfterShock: Conflict, Violence and Resolution in Contemporary Art, 2007)

As I write this it has been almost 14 years since the murder of Stephen Lawrence and eight years since the publication by the Home Office in 1999 of the McPherson Report or, as I prefer to call it, quoting The Right Reverend Dr. John Sentamu, now Archbishop Sentamu, the Stephen Lawrence Report.

The stark reality is the Home Office version of the case (a report that demands authority) will be entombed in official literature for future generations long after newspaper reports, related documents, oral accounts and indeed books have become supporting material and footnotes filed in future archival systems. I want to be clear about my position in this: in my mind justice has not been done.