UK PM urges peaceful struggle against racism

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the country ...

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the country to “work peacefully, lawfully” to defeat racism and discrimination, it was reported in June. In an article for the Voice, the only British national black weekly newspaper, Johnson wrote that the government could not ignore the anger and “undeniable feeling of injustice” sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd, the unarmed African-American man while in police custody in the US, reports the BBC.

The Prime Minister said Floyd’s death had “awakened an anger and a widespread and incontrovertible, undeniable feeling of injustice, a feeling that people from black and minority ethnic groups do face discrimination: in education, in employment, in the application of the criminal law”.

“We simply cannot ignore the depth of emotion that has been triggered by that spectacle, of a black man losing his life at the hands of the police,” he wrote. “We who lead and who govern simply can’t ignore those feelings because in too many cases, I am afraid, they will be founded on a cold reality.” While he believed the UK was a much less racist society than it was 40 years ago, Johnson said he “heard” the Black Lives Matter protesters and accepted much more needed to be done to ensure everyone was treated equally.