In honouring the memory of a victim of racist savagery, we must always beware of turning victimhood into a praiseworthy trait in itself. Trevor Phillips is therefore right to suggest a Windrush Day that would honour all the accomplishments, past and future, of West Indians in the UK. Stephen Lawrence and other victims of racism can be commemorated on such a day. But to turn a bank holiday into a day devoted to mourning divisiveness - as opposed to celebrating cultural diversity - would be to risk perpetuating the very ills that people of goodwill are seeking to wipe out.
University of Pennsylvania