I’ve never been so disgusted by the behaviors of young British delinquents. Family homes, local businesses, and communities ambushed and ransacked for a pair of jeans or shoes that cost no more than £70 or a bag of crisps less than £1 each. The riots started in north London after a young man by the name of, Mark Duggan, was shot dead by police officers as they were out for his arrest. In the ensuing days, young Londoners found it convenient to act like primates in the wild setting cars and shops ablaze, breaking glass windows, and leaving people without a home to return to. Here in Hackney, situated in northeast London, I go to bed to the sounds of fire brigades, police cars, ambulance trucks, and helicopters while ruthless, young brutes burn and destroy their very own home.
Fear. Debilitating, widespread fear. The country held at ransom by feckless youths while many shops, banks, and offices shut early. The government belatedly appeared to regain control and the electorate’s trust that police would respond if one dialed 999 has been ruined. It no longer feels like as if we live in a civilized country.
Opportunistic, greedy, arrogant, and amoral young criminals with balls to believe they have a right to…steal, burn and destroy property. There are many opinions but the context is two-fold: Decades of failed social, educational, family, and microeconomic policies which mean that a large chunk of the UK has become alienated from mainstream society, culturally impoverished, bereft of role models, permanently workless and trapped in the shadows of welfare. Meanwhile, blacks with no involvement in the social anarchy are subject to police brutality for a full body search.
The British seriously lack positive role models, activists, organized groups like the NAACP to fight on their behalf so they result to lashing our in terrifying ways like this to be seen and heard. Take a few moments to watch the appalling clips and images I’ll be posting on these events.
The streets sit quietly now, but the deeply-rooted issues are still bubbling at the surface. -Tnoëly