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Statement on protests in the USA

Date: Thu 4th Jun, 2020 | 17:01

“When I first went to the United States, as a post-graduate student at the end of the 1960s, there was an atmosphere of hope that after the war, the gains of the Civil Rights Movement and the War on Poverty which was getting under way, there would be a sustained movement forward towards achieving equality, an end to racist exclusion, and towards the fullest participation in American society.

To those of us who shared these hopes at that time, what we have been witnessing, including military confrontation with peaceful protesters, fills us not only with the greatest heartbreak but also with the conviction that we must all, in every circumstance, seek to eliminate any aspect of racism in our society, communities, in sport and in culture, and seek to eliminate the inequality that is often at its root.”