More than 20 years since the release of Paul Greengrass’ acclaimed movie Stephen Lawrence Murder (1999), ITV has released a follow-up drama Steven It is based on the legacy of the 1993 Steven Lawrence murder.
His mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, was an important figure in the struggle for racial justice and social policy advancement in modern England.
Her son, then 19 years old, was stabbed to death by a racist attack by a white youth gang while waiting with his best friend Duwayne Brooks at a bus stop in Elsam, southeast London. I did.
In the years that followed, Baroness Lawrence, now 68, led a campaign to achieve justice for his eldest son. Her pioneering work triggered public investigation and in 1999 published a groundbreaking McPherson report led by Sir William McPherson, who branded the Metropolitan Police institutional racist.
“Not only did we get the right to live, we didn’t kill the children like Stephen did,” she said at the time when the investigation was taking place.
“This society has supported and allowed my son’s murderer to ridicule the law.”
The study recommended a series of reforms in British police, and as Baroness has often said since then, although still a long way to go, it is important for a general understanding of British racial inequality. Has made great progress.
Indeed, just a few days ago, the NKVD discovered that racism still afflicted police about 20 years after the Lawrence investigation.
Meanwhile, trust between police and the community remains broken years later.
Allegations of incompetence, corruption and racism in law enforcement agencies have made the path to investigation difficult.
Together with her husband and Stephen’s father, Neville Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence set fire to the authorities despite their immense personal broken heart and sadness.
In April 1994, the year after Stephen’s death, the public prosecutor’s office said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Neil Acourt, Jamie Acourt, Gayre Bousson, Luke Knight, and David Norris.
Five months later, in September of that year, Stephen’s parents attempted a private prosecution against Dobson, Knight, and Neil Acourt, but were eventually rejected.
Dobson and Norris were finally convicted of the murder of an ambitious architect in January 2012, almost 19 years later. The remaining three suspects initially questioned the denial of involvement. Acourt and Norris were imprisoned for 18 months in 2002 in an unrelated racist attack on off-duty black police officer Gareth Reid.
And while the Lawrences lobbyed for accountability to the person responsible for Stephen’s murder, their homes were spyed by undercover agents.
She also took the darkest element of the Metropolitan Police Department head-on, and she is still standing, for her mother to fight grief, and for her son to lose her son in meaningless violence.
“So, for many of us, she’s a black royal family,” said Sir Simon Woolley, who sits in the House of Lords with Doreen. Independent.
“In the last two decades, Doreen has become the racial conscience of our society alone. From her own extreme pain, Doreen not only challenges the police and the political and democratic system, but I We also tried to challenge who we are as a nation with an implicit mantra that we are better than this. “
In April 2019, then Prime Minister Theresa May described the death of a teenager as a “watershed moment” to commemorate Britain’s first Stephen Lawrence Day.
However, the devastation of this tragedy cannot be exaggerated, and Baroness Lawrence is ultimately a sad mother whose son’s life has been brutally shortened.
“There is no day when I don’t talk about him in any way, and now I have three grandchildren reminding me,” Baroness Lawrence said. Parents In 2013.
“I think he would have had a family. I think he would have traveled extensively,” she said.
“I think he was qualified as an architect. As I often tell people, you don’t know what the future holds.
“Until Stephen died, I think I took my children, my family, like all of us, for granted. I don’t do it now.”
In 2020, Met announced that it would not conduct a new investigation in the Stephen Lawrence case.
“I’m really disappointed that other people who were equally responsible for the killing of my son’s racist could not be tried,” Baroness Lawrence replied at the time.
“Nevertheless, anyone who has the information to help convict all Stephen’s murderers wants to come forward. It’s too late to give justice to his mother about his son’s murder. It’s never too much. The Metropolitan Police Department gave up, but I never give up. “
Over the years, Baroness Lawrence has promoted police reform, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust In 1998, we developed a community program to help thousands of young people across the country reach their true potential.
This initiative has recently been BluePrint For All, She broke off with it and launched the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, which has been described as “the only home of Stephen’s legacy.”
Born in Clarendon, Jamaica in 1952, Baroness Lawrence moved to England at the age of nine to join his parents who moved here as part of the Windrush generation.
She married Neville Lawrence in 1972, and the couple had three children: Stephen, Stuart, and Georgina.
Anti-racist activists are members of the board and council of the human rights group Liberty and a patron of the charity Stop Hate UK.
In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for servicing community relationships and became a member of the working life.
The three mothers often give her voice, time, and insight into the causes of progress in equality across the UK.
Let’s get back to Lord Woolley. Sir Woolley explained how she took pain from sadness and somehow turned it into political action. “Doreen has demonstrated its power and is now at the heart of the West Minister of the House of Lords. She remains the conscience of our country and is reluctant to recognize systematic racial inequality. Needs more than ever to try to change that dramatically. “
Activists were appointed Labor Race Advisors in April 2020 and by Labor leader Sir Kiel Starmer on how Covid-19 affects black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. I was asked to lead a party review.
She said earlier reports of Public Health England were expected to recommend action to reduce inequality, but did not.
review, Avoidable crisisFound that decades of structural discrimination led to the disproportionate effects of the coronavirus pandemic on ethnic minority communities.
Looking back on the last 30 years of Black History Month last year, she said:
“But in 2020, Stephen’s story of unequal treatment by skin color and exposure of prejudices embedded in systems, structures and institutions is still relevant to the world today. is showing.
“The killing of George Floyd has opened the eyes of so many people that racial inequality is widespread. And a study of pandemic mortality shows how harmful racial inequality is. , And has generated further awareness of the widespread but yet poorly understood consequences of it. “
The story of Baroness Lawrence is Steven It will be broadcast on ITV this Monday. A courageous and belief black mother, it adopted a distorted criminal justice system, fearless or perhaps frightening, and changed it forever.