Appendix 10B : Further Extracts from Macdonald’s Press Release.

“The school failed to act sensibly and responsibly when, in 1982, a Bangladeshi student suffered serious facial injuries in an unprovoked attack by white students. Even if one were to go along with their view that that brutal attack had no racist motive, there is no evidence that the school found such a sudden and mindless outbreak of violence sufficiently disturbing to involve the whole school community in working to create a less violent learning environment. We received no evidence either that a programme of monitoring was introduced to detect whether or not black students tended to be the victims of racial attacks, racist bullying or racist name-calling that may or may not result in fights…

“Polarisation along racial lines took place after the murder (on 17th September 1986) and which resulted in a series of flare-ups in the school in March 1987… due in large measure to police denials that the murder was racist, as well as to the clumsy and inept way in which the aftermath of the murder was managed by the school.

“An effective anti-racist policy should have eliminated that climate, and the issue of violence in general, and racial violence in particular should have been tackled in a forthright manner, both as a discipline and a curriculum issue.

“… if the school had been operating an effective anti-racist policy, the polarisation which occurred in February/March 1987 could have been prevented.

“… we are clearly not suggesting that racism does not exist, or that it is some mythical invention of ‘left-wing’ councils, or that anti-racist policies and strategies have no place in schools. Nor do we suggest that because anti-racist policies were applied in a senseless and counter-productive way in that particular school, all anti-racist policies should be abandoned or considered suspect.”

Editor’s Comments

This text is taken straight from the document written by Kath. This Appendix relates to chapter 10.

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