The Stephen Lawrence case, the bungled appendix to the report, the vandalising of the memorial to Stephen and the debate over the definition of 'institutional racism' featured greatly in the news. Few could have predicted the wide ranging consequences which Stephen's death and the following police investigation were to have. From this tragic - but not, in itself, wholly remarkable - event many people turned to question the extent of racism in British society as we approached the turn of the century. How far have we come and how far do we still have to go?
This paper forms part of the Singer and Friedlander Review of the 1998-1999 season, produced in association with the Centre for Research into Sport and Society at the University of Leicester. The Centre has now closed.