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Stephen Lawrence and the politics of race

By David Goodhart  

The Stephen Lawrence story has provided a running commentary on race relations in Britain

Why did the Stephen Lawrence story catch the public imagination so dramatically? There are countless miscarriages of justice every year, some of them just as serious, which most people have never heard of. Lawrence stuck mainly of course because it was a racial morality tale. Indeed from that day in 1993 when the original racially motivated attack took place, right up to yesterday’s verdict, the Stephen Lawrence story has provided a kind of running commentary on the politics of race in Britain. And I would venture to say that there is something both to celebrate and to regret in that…

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