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Scenes of destruction in London as riots spread to Birmingham and Liverpool.
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Attached is a video evidencing just how stupid and insipid and putrid black politics is in the UK.
Darcus Howe - note how his argument is that black boys are s and s'd by the beasts, and therefore this is political/ideological! Note also how he invokes the laudably and more obviously political motivations behind the Brixton riots of the 80s to support the criminality taking place. Note that he sentimentalises the whole thing by talking about his family members, and that he uses the word 'negro' to describe himself!
An argument which says a political problem for a certain community exists and that this necessarily means that devilry committed by that same community is of course political is specious and unfounded and crap!
Noting a resemblance between one patently political riot and another evidently moronic one, a resemblance in concrete form I.e. car-burnings and killed coppers, is not the same thing as deducing that therefore they have the same, abstract, ideological and theoretical motivation!
And if the black community wish to move out of slavery and enslavement (and with it the slave-mentality once coerced upon them and latterly subtly imbued in them) then it is up to them to also stop using the language of slavery!
They cannot appropriate the lexicon of racial hatred in the hope of eliminating its disgusting and viscous background of hatred!
This is not a revolution. This is disorder, albeit - in a highly convoluted and distorted way - disorder given voice and meaning by the real suffering and inequity experienced by them.
Disorder doesn't automatically mean anti-status quo - have Trotsky's and Lenin's action during the counter revolution stood the ethical test of time just because they replaced a repulsive order of patronage and privilege with something equally terrifying but different? The Tahliban - freedom fighters? I think not.
Where did the thieves and looters go? They stayed away from the arch-institutions of political power, and went to Foot Locker! The Viscy regime insurgent resistance targeted train lines, political figures, venomous officiados of the Holocaust and vitriolic, hate-filled rounder-uppers of innocent Jews and communists! What does the Black British 'equivalent' do? Target trainers, Nike sports shops and meaningless, petty police officers who never make it home to their families.
Meanwhile, and this my friend is the most sinister part of all, our cultural climate of utter intolerance of healthy and open debate over there being an actual, discernible difference between black Caribbean youths and Africans, Chinese BBCs and Indian Asians, Pakistani Kashmiri bad boys and Bangladeshi first-generation peasants, manages to pour gushes of petrol on the fires of racial hatred in Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Midlands. The beneficent effect this will have on the BNP in the North - TV screens, ironically, help people to make political decisions easier than when one is a Londoner eye-witness - is going to be huge!
Enjoy, and I hope it doesn't make you as angry as it has me!
@Marcus, if there is no relationship between Austerity and these riots, that these are nothing more than thugs tearing up the place, then why hasn't it happened before during more serene times? It would be more random certainly, thus happen at other times.
While I'm not for violence or people getting hurt, look at some of the underlying reasons for this.
Normal human beings with emotions can only take so much. No, that's not an excuse to riot, burn stuff down or kill people. It is though paying attention to long term stress.
The standard right wing "pull yourself up by your _____ and just get on with it" won't solve this. If you feel like you're working harder for less money and the politicians and ultra rich are getting away with everything they want, would you never get frustrated and want to lash out?
George Eaton (@georgeeaton) is editor of The Staggers blog