27 Jul 2006 • 1,349 views
EBONY & IVORY
SUBY'S PHOTO, SIN'S EDIT!
"I hope that people will finally come to realise that there is only one 'race' - the human race - and that we are all members of it."
I was going to put up a different shot, entertaining you with some new snaps of Jazz. That was until I finished watching, in tears, the documentary on the Stephen Lawrence case - the most high-profile unresolved racially motivated murder case in the UK.
More than a decade ago, on 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in Eltham, southeast London. He could have been anyone's son, brother, friend... He was just a young black man who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, who paid a much too high price for the colour of his skin.
More than a decade later, after various tip-offs, many allegations of institutional racism within the police force, inadmissable evidence, dropped charges, no one has been convicted for the violent murder of a young, successful, promising black man. The police are still trying to shift the blame, witnesses are still too intimidated to give their statements which may incriminate those who were suspected, from the very first moment of the news of the murder.
Suspects? They walk free. They have moved on with their lives. Some have kids of their own. These are the same men who continued to overtly harrass other black people in Elthem long after Stephen's murder; the same men who stood up in court claiming not to be racists, and walked off, acquitted, with smug expressions and menacing behaviour. They walk free. They have moved on.
Stephen can't move on, nor can his parents. Not until justice is served.
Think of it; it could have been your son, your brother, your friend; wrong time, wrong place, wrong colour.
GOD CREATED US IN ALL SHADES AND COLOURS FOR HE WANTED VARIETY.
Until every single person comes to realise this truth, there will continue to be injustice, inequality, imprisonment in this world.
Words by Sinem
"Ars longa, vita brevis."