Blog | November 2018, Cumberland Lodge

Race in Britain: inequality, identity, belonging

by Farhan Samanani

When talking about race and belonging in Britain today, it is hard not to look backwards. The year 2018 marks a number of pertinent anniversaries. For instance, it is 25 years since the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, and 50 years since Enoch Powell made his (in)famous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in response to the drafting of the 1968 Race Relations Act. It has also been 50 years since The Runnymede Trust was founded with the mission of ‘nailing the lie’ on racism, and 70 since the 1948 Commonwealth Immigrants Act was passed, planting the roots of a legislative tangle that led to the Windrush Scandal earlier this year.

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