Respect and love to the Lawrence family for the outcome. 18 years for some sort of justice. Malcolm X said justice is when the knife is out of your back and reparations for the injury, not putting the knife a few inches out. We will keep our black fists up, as the picture of Stephen shows. But Stephen was the acceptable face of the anti-racist struggle, others were never given the same exposure like Satpal Ram, cos he fought his attackers back, and was jailed for many years as a result. And finally, some Black brothers have told me direct rough justice should have been served, esp when Stephen's murderers were spitting and throwing punches at us at that court hearing, remember that?
Sukant Chandan - Sons of Malcolm
Full statements from Doreen and Neville Lawrence here
Doreen Lawrence, whose 18-year campaign for justice finally saw two men jailed for the murder of her son Stephen on Tuesday, has warned that Britain is still blighted by racism.
Lawrence said in an interview with the Guardian that "thousands of families" were being denied justice by the police, 18 years after they failed to catch the killers of her son, because of "the colour of my skin".
She said the plaque in south London placed in memory of her son was still subject to attack. "It is very worrying. When my name or Stephen's name is mentioned in the press the plaque gets attacked … it is incredibly painful; what have we done?"
Lawrence said the government needed to play its part to meet a promise to tackle prejudice and discrimination: "I do feel occasionally that things are rolling back. After the inquiry there was a sense that all the institutions wanted to do the right thing, they wanted to change. But I don't hear people talking like that anymore.
"I don't know whether they believe that it's been accomplished, that racism has been eradicated, but the reality is that it hasn't. What's happened is that racism still exists but it is not so overt, that doesn't mean it is not still there and in some ways it is worse having it underground."
"After 18 years we are still struggling and we shouldn't have to."