This blog post was first published in Professor Kevin MacDonald’s The Occidental Observer on January 6, 2012. A link to that site is under ‘Friendly Sites’ to the right of this page.
Editorial note:Â The following letter was published, with some deletions, inÂ The IndependentÂ regarding the murder convictions of David Dobson and Gary Norris, both White, for the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence, who was Black, of West Indian origin. (The link that formerly existed to this letter on The Independent‘s web site has since been edited and leads to a different page.) This is Martin Websterâ€™s original letter, posted here with his permission:
All murders are to be deplored; all murderers should be brought to justice; and the media should give coverage to all such crimes.
This said, I note the different treatment accorded by the Metropolitan Police, the judiciary and the media to the murders by teenage â€œracist gangsâ€ of 18 year old Stephen Lawrence in Eltham, SE London, in April 1993 and 15 year old Richard Everitt in Somers Town, Camden, North London, in August 1994. Stephen was of West Indian origin; Richard was white.
The circumstances of the murders were similar. Both were attacked by gangs of teenagers who before and after the murders expressed violent racial hatred. Stephen was murdered by a white gang. Richard was murdered by a Bengali gang. Neither victim behaved in any way to provoke even verbal abuse, let alone being stabbed.
Massive media publicity, sustained over nearly two decades, followed Stephenâ€™s case. There was a visit by the Home Secretary to the murder scene where a public monument was erected. A public judicial inquiry was conducted in which the police were denounced as â€œinstitutionally racistâ€. Money was found to fund a private prosecution, which failed.
As we now know, two men, Gary Dobson and David Norris, have been convicted after a second trial at the Old Bailey of Stephenâ€™s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment of which they must serve a minimum 15+ years and 14+ years respectively. The judge called for Stephenâ€™s other attackers to be brought to justice because they were engaged in a â€œjoint exerciseâ€. This has been echoed by the entire media and political establishment.
With all this, â€œStephen Lawrenceâ€ has become a household name. Richard Everittâ€™s name was never in the headlines for long enough for the public mind to retain it.
Eleven Bengali youths (one as old as 20) were arrested in connection with Richardâ€™s murder. Only two came to trial, Badrul Miah and Showkat Akbar. There were no calls for all the attackers to be prosecuted on a â€œjoint enterpriseâ€ basis. Akbar was found guilty of violent disorder and sentenced to three years, of which he served 18 months. Miah was sentenced to life but let out on licence after 11 years despite the trial judge describing it as an â€œunprovoked racist attackâ€. The media tried to pressure Richardâ€™s parents to say the murder was not racially motivated.
There was no visit by the Home Secretary to Somers Town, no public monument; no public judicial inquiry; and virtual silence from the local MP Frank Dobson.
I will not attempt to second-guess the jury in the Dobson and Norris trial. I simply wish to suggest that the verdict against them should not be taken as proof that the population of this country â€” at least, the white working class section of it â€” is getting justice from the police, the judiciary and the media because they all subscribe to the notion that in Britain only white people and never black people commit offences motivated by racial hatred.