Socialist Worker
Socialist Worker

Dominique Walker: ‘Unite against racists who killed my brother’

by Esme Choonara

People marched in Liverpool against the racist murder of Anthony Walker in 2005. Anger at his killing has been rekindled by the BNP’s Nick Griffin who says that Anthony was not a victim of racist attack (Pic: Rob Bremner)

People marched in Liverpool against the racist murder of Anthony Walker in 2005. Anger at his killing has been rekindled by the BNP’s Nick Griffin who says that Anthony was not a victim of racist attack (Pic: Rob Bremner)


“It is like he was dancing on my brother’s grave.” That is the response of Dominique Walker to fascist British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin’s claims that the murder of her brother, Anthony, was not a racist attack.

Griffin was filmed earlier this year at the spot in Huyton, Merseyside, where black teenager Anthony Walker was brutally murdered in 2005.

Anthony’s assailants racially abused him before attacking and killing him with an ice axe.

At the subsequent trial the judge described the murders as both “racially motivated” and “premeditated”.

Yet Griffin has the nerve to insist that the murder was not racist – and to complain that CCTV cameras have been set up to monitor the memorial to Anthony erected in the park where he was killed.

Dominique says she can’t find the words to describe how she feels about Griffin’s lies. “All you have to do is read the facts,” she says. “Everyone in the area knows what really happened to Anthony.”

Dominique helped to set up the Anthony Walker foundation in memory of her brother. She has been campaigning against racism for many years, and is now speaking out against the BNP.

She is to join a panel of speakers at Unite Against Fascism’s (UAF) conference in Manchester this Saturday 18 July.

Dominique told Socialist Worker, “I think it’s time everyone got together to fight racism. The European elections gave everyone a bit of a wake up call. I know there was already a lot of campaigning before, and I was doing my bit as well.

“But I don’t really think any of us took the BNP seriously enough until we saw them getting two MEPs elected last month.”

She says that unity is the key to stopping the BNP.

“We need to fight together as an organised and united group.

“Everyone doing their own thing isn’t going to work any more. We need to be united as one – that’s the only way that we are going to stop them.

“That’s why the Anthony Walker Foundation is getting involved in UAF and why I’m getting involved too.

“I have no problem coming forward to speak out – racism must be stopped.

“What Nick Griffin is preaching is hate. We must stand up against him. It’s important that people know that racist attacks are still going on.”

Rebuild

Dominique is angry over the BNP’s claims that black and Asian people cannot be British.

“I’m British,” she says. “I was born here. I was raised in Huyton.

“My mum and dad came over here in the 1960s. My grandfather fought in the Second World War and my grandmother was a nurse. She helped to rebuild Britain after the war.

“They were given passports and became British citizens.

“The BNP is clearly not just another mainstream party. If you read their policies it’s clear that they are racists.

“That message needs to go out to young people in particular as they are the future. They are going to be running the country when we are all old.

“They have to be an important part of changing things. But this is something that everyone needs to think about – and something we all need to be part of.”

The Anthony Walker Foundation is holding a festival on 8 and 9 August in Liverpool. For more details or to get in touch with the organisation go to » www.anthonywalkerfoundation.com


Article information

Comment
Tue 14 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2160
Share this article



Tags



Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.