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Young Rebels on the Streets:
Racism and Resistance in Southall from
1976 to 1981
Institute of Contemporary Arts
War Inna Babylon: The Community’s Struggle for Truths and Rights, photographs: Tim Whitby / Getty

Institutional Racism is the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racial stereotyping.

Through personal testimony and analysis, Suresh Grover, explores the tragic murders of Gurdip Chaggar and Blair Peach in Southall, West London, and the emergence of a new anti-racist resistance – a phase that led to the victorious burning of the Hambrough Tavern Pub in July 1981.   

One of the key components of anti-racist traditions is the struggle to confront state violence and dismantle Institutional Racism. Although racism is deeply entrenched in British institutions, its existence has been continually denied despite the conclusions of Macpherson in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry in 1998. What do we do with the problem of Institutional Racism? The endeavour to crush its racist core has a long history, shaped by lived experience, street rebellions, political strategy and innovative ideas.

Suresh Grover is the founder and co-Director of The Monitoring Group, one of Britain’s oldest community based anti-racism organisations. Established in Southall in 1981 in response to the explosive social events, the group remains active and centrally involved in scores of family justice campaigns, including Blair Peach and Stephen Lawrence, advocacy and building a nation-wide response to injustice and racial violence.

DJ Stickozaza aka Winston Silcott will open the event from 1pm with a DJ set in the ICA Theatre and will play throughout the day.
£10 Full price, £7.50 concessions, £5 green/blue members

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This event forms part of the programme accompanying War Inna Babylon: The Community’s Struggle for Justice Truths and Rights and the ticket includes exhibition entry.

The first installation of Forensic Architecture Reports, published by Cabinet Books and the ICA, details the investigation into the police shooting of Mark Duggan. This new volume is available to purchase here.

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