Source: The Independent https://twitter.com/Independent/status/902222709471535104
Secondly we have to ask who is on the police's database. Black people aremore likelyto be stopped and searched, arrested, and, when taken to court, incarcerated. Their faces flood police registers and they are the ones that will be pulled out of the crowds in Notting Hill. As a person of colour I have myself been stopped and searched for no good reason on numerous occasions and I know how humiliating, alienating, and anger-inducing that feels.
My big worry for Britain is that we have been lulled into a false sense of security about race. Just because stones are not routinely being thrown through the windows of West Indian families does not mean, if you will pardon the expression, that we are now whiter than white. In the UK hate crime against ethnic minoritieshas risensince the EU referendum. Two years ago Lambeth Council launched investigations into Fridge nightclub in Brixton, pinning the blame for assaults that occurred within a 500 metre radius of the club on its black owners, a decisionwidely criticisedby the black community in the area. The club was forced to close.
So, rather than making assumptions about the state of British attitudes to race and using police tools likely to inflame racial tensions, here is what I and the Green Partybelievesneeds to be happening.