Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Most Brits will be familiar with the Macpherson report's ridiculously broad definition of a racist incident:
The definition of a "racist incident" will now include incidents categorised in policing terms both as crimes and non-crimes. It will now encompass "any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person".

What they may not know, and I certainly didn't until I just came across it in one of their documents, is that this definition has now been adopted by the Council of Europe.

This is from the ECRI (European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance) GENERAL POLICY RECOMMENDATION No. 11 ON COMBATING RACISM AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN POLICING, adopted on 29 JUNE 2007.
Paragraph 14 of the Recommendation:
“To these ends, to adopt a broad definition of racist incident;
For the purposes of this Recommendation, a racist incident shall be:
‘any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person’”

74. The Recommendation provides that a racist incident be defined as an incident
which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person. The adoption
of such a broad definition of a racist incident has the advantage of sending the
message to the victims that their voice will be heard. This definition is drawn
from the 1999 Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report by Sir William Macpherson of
Cluny (Cm 4262, Chapter 47, paragraph 12).

75. As mentioned above, the purpose of adopting a definition of a racist incident is
two-fold: firstly, to improve the recording and monitoring of racist incidents and,
secondly, to ensure that the police investigate all racist offences thoroughly and
do not overlook the racist motivation of ordinary offences.


Christer said...

Using the macro lens on white people, to be able to detect, enlarge and prosecute.

Using fisheye lens on non-whites, to be able to ignore, diminish and forget.



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