Here’s a short quiz with just two questions –
Question 1 – who was Alan Cartwright?
Question 2 – who was Stephen Lawrence?
Clue – both were young men, both brutally murdered by knife attacks in London.
Anyone who hasn’t heard of Stephen Lawrence since he was attacked and killed in 1993, in what has been described as a “racially motivated” attack, must have been living on the Moon.
Because Stephen Lawrence was black the case quickly became a high-profile cause celebre by the race relations industry and assorted enemies of Britain, leading to profound cultural changes to attitudes on “racism” and the police, and to the law and police practice.
In 1999 Sir William Macpherson’s report into the matter was published, delivering what was claimed as a damning assessment of the “institutional racism” within the Metropolitan police and policing generally.
It made 70 recommendations many aimed specifically at improving police attitudes to racism and stressed the importance of (but not the logical reason for) a rapid increase in the numbers of black and Asian police officers.
It also partially revoked the long standing Double Jeopardy law where a person could not be tried more than once for the same offence.
Although the Macpherson enquiry had the appearance of a judicial procedure, it came closer to the Stalinist show trials of the 1930s.
Rules of procedure and evidence were relaxed, and indeed no evidence of “racism” in the police who dealt with the case was ever produced.
Witnesses were harassed by members of the enquiry team and by the crowd in the public gallery.
They were urged to confess their guilt and to repent.
For the last twenty years, the mass media have gone on and on about the case – plays have been written and performed about it, PhD thesis awarded based on it, all parts of British society – the police, civil service etc. – have been examined through its prism and decreed to be “racist” or even “institutionally racist”.
Strange and mysterious forces have been taking part.
But back to question 1 of the quiz – who was Alan Cartwright?
Alan was 15 years old and white, killed in Caledonian Road, north London by Joshua Williams, 18 years old and black, who was attempting to steal his bicycle.
At the time – March 2015 – there was hardly a mention of the crime, and it is a year since Joshua Williams was found guilty of murder and still nothing has been heard of it since – no media campaign about black on white crime, no accusations of black “racism” towards white people, no plays, no PhD thesis about this specific event, no judicial enquiry into crime and ethnic diversity.
So, do white lives matter?
Draw your own conclusions.