source: The Guardian
published: 19 April 2016
Do the names of Joy Gardner, Sheku Bayoh and Sarah Reed mean anything to you? I readily admit that until I read an article by Kiri Kankhwende I couldn’t place them.
Shamefully, they had passed under my radar. Perhaps I could be forgiven for failing to recall the death in police custody of Joy Gardner because it happened in 1993.
But Sheku Bayoh’s death after being detained by the police happened in May 2015. And Sarah Reed died in prison as recently as January 2016. Surely I should have remembered something of them because, in all three cases, their deaths were controversial?
My failure to know is also the media’s failure to report, which is the central point of Kankhwende’s challenging piece on openDemocracy.net, #BlackLivesMatter in Britain too: why does our media care less?