Twenty three years have passed since the MacPherson inquiry published its findings, and the two words which undoubtedly had the most impact, were “institutionally racist”, a description which was applied to the Metropolitan Police. There are some who suggest that some limited progress has been made since the findings were made public, but others convincingly point out that there is still a long way to go. I feel that it is an oversimplification to focus in on “institutional” racism, as such a phenomenon cannot exist in a vacuum, and takes its oxygen from the wider value system of society itself. We are all implicated, some remotely, others with more immediacy, as our institutions all depend on our support, whether active or passive. So if real, lasting change is to be achieved this must be at the level of society itself. A narrowly focused finger-pointing exercise at the expense of just a single institution, whether it be the Met, or something else, just won’t do it. That is exactly why we find ourselves where we are today, still pretending that we are addressing the core problem, rather than recognizing that what we are actually dealing with is merely a symptom of a much deeper malaise.