• Diana Solomon

Dawn Butler, Traffic Stops and How The Met Police Is Institutionally Racist

It’s hard to believe that just three days after Labour MP Dawn Butler spoke out about racial profiling to Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Cressida Dick - she became a victim of racial profiling herself.

Dawn Butler was stopped by Police this Sunday afternoon for no apparent reason other than the colour of her skin. She begins to question the police officers about why she was stopped and makes it known there is a profiling issue within the police force…

She makes it clear that this particular stop had nothing to do with a traffic violation and everything to do with racism.

She said:

"We were two black people in a car, driving through Hackney, and they thought they'd stop us...There is institutional racism in the police, we know that, and it needs to be taken out. It's cancerous and it needs to be cut out of the police force. It's urgent, it's really urgent."

What more do we need to do? We have made the world more aware of the injustices that Black people face more than ever in the last few months. Shortly after the BLM protests and consistent outbursts of hurt and anger regarding racism, the BBC had no problem carelessly allowing a reporter to blurt out the n-word. There is no care or remorse in the British media for Black lives - and clearly this attitude bleeds into our police force.

They tell us to educate ourselves so that we’ll be powerful enough to make a change...but Black people of all social classes or degrees of intelligence deserve basic human rights and respect.

Dawn Butler is a prime example that no matter how powerful you are, you are still judged by the colour of your skin. How a well-respected Labour MP is being stopped by the police - having done absolutely nothing wrong - is beyond me.

The police's reasoning behind has left me, and many others, flummoxed – the officers claim to have stopped Butler because they couldn’t see what was in the back seats of her car, which was registered to an address in Yorkshire when she was driving in East London. But why was her license plate registration checked in the first place?

Scotland Yard later explained that the officer ‘'incorrectly entered' the registration and received the wrong address...If incompetent isn’t the right word here, I don’t know what is.

In an age where Black Lives Matter is being shouted from the rooftops, where we are fighting everyday for a more equal world, it is tone deaf and ignorant that in Britain - and to our very own police force - we matter so very little.


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