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Received: 22/03/99 Accepted: 23/03/99 Published: 31/3/99
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 racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people (¶6.34).
I constantly ask myself two questions? Has any good resulted from the Brixton Inquiry? And, what now remains to be done. (Scarman 1985: p. 7)
I have a reluctance about entering once again into what seems to me a terribly familiar and recurring cycle. The cycle goes something like this. There is a problem that is followed by a conference; the conference is followed by research; the research reinforces what we already know, but in elegant and scholarly language. Then nothing happens. (Hall, 1987: p. 45)
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