Local Organisations and Racial Equality
The overall significance of organisations in the struggle for racial equality can be understood in three ways in the context of this book. In the first instance, organisations, whatever their specific characteristics, provide forums for the identification of commonly acknowledged problems and the articulation of collective demands. They can thus serve as an important antidote to those atomising tendencies at work within representative democracies. These tendencies serve to limit a person’s political role to voting, and in the last resort, to seeking redress on an individual basis (e.g. complaints to councillors and MPs). Individual complaints and votes, however provide no real opportunity to tackle institutional racism. Local organisations, on the other hand, allow for discussion and action on important and specific race-related issues.
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