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Skin colour is irrelevant.

Byline: Denise Robertson

IN the last 10 years there have been almost 60 racially motivated murders.

Almost half the victims were white.

Ever since the ruthless and unforgivable killing of Stephen Lawrence we have tended to think of racial killing as a white on black affair.

We have rightly voiced our support for Stephen Lawrence's family but there has been less sympathy for the family of teenager, Kriss Donald, beaten and stabbed to death by an Asian man for no other reason than race hatred. His killer was sentenced last week but, unlike the Lawrence case, it has barely made the headlines.

Ross Parker, only 17, was walking home with his girlfriend when he was killed by three Muslims wielding knives.

He had never before laid eyes on them.

Have you heard his name? It's important, therefore, that we cease to take note of skin colour or ethnic origin and see only British citizens, victims of horrendous crime.

Kriss Donald and Stephen Lawrence were fine young men linked by their common tragedy.

The colour of their skin is irrelevant.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2006
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