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article imageOp-Ed: Playtime is over, now there is blood on Birmingham's streets

By Alexander Baron     Aug 10, 2011 in Politics
Birmingham - Today, three young men were murdered by suspected looters in Birmingham. We should consider ourselves lucky the death toll is not considerably higher.
Last Thursday, armed police shot dead a man in Tottenham. The victim, Mark Duggan, was said to have opened fire on them. Now it transpires that he didn’t; he was, however, carrying a firearm.
If the police over-reacted, or even if they executed him, that is a matter for the courts to decide. In practice we know what that entails, but let’s wait and see what happens anyway. What is the connection between the death of Mark Duggan and the riots that ensued in Tottenham then spread to other parts of the capital, and then other parts of the country? Well, if you believe Socialist Worker – and who does? – it is all down to poverty and, you guessed it, racism.
Mark Duggan was black, so now it's “Riots, resistance and revolutions”, right? The Socialist Workers Party has even issued a statement on the riots; they are not about "criminality” or mindless violence" – tell that to Claudia Webbe and David Lammy. Instead they are about “Police racism and brutality”.
Somehow the death of Smiley Culture is dragged into this, he of Cockney Translation and Police Officer fame. Former reggae star Smiley Culture committed suicide during a police raid on his home; how is police racism to blame for that?
But it gets worse: “harassment of young black and Asian people is a daily feature of life in Britain. Black people are 26 times more likely to be stopped and searched by police than white people.”
Where do they get these figures from? The reality is that stop and search is directed against street crime and now terrorism. Street crime is a young man’s game. It is inevitable that the police will stop and search more young men than old women. That makes stop and search not only racist but ageist and sexist. Live with it.
The most notable feature of this lunatic left wing rant is that it contains no condemnation whatsoever of the mindless violence that has resulted in so many people losing their livelihoods or even their homes. Okay, swallow this, the 13-27, January 1995 issue of THE ASIAN BUSINESS MAGAZINE claimed it was “The magazine for the men and women who own more than 70% of Britain’s independent outlets.”
More than 70 percent, and in the intervening 16 years, that percentage has quite likely grown. Doesn’t that make Asians part of the ruling class? Maybe by that logic it is okay to rob their stores if the looters are not engaged in criminality and mindless violence?
Maybe it was okay to burn down a furniture store in Croydon, after all, the owners were white businessmen, oppressors of the working class, and probably racist into the bargain.
And how about the three young Asian men who were mown down in Birmingham in the small hours? Don’t they count? The perpetrators of this horror appear to have been black; does that count as racist violence, or were they simply reacting against racist oppression?
Yes, blacks are angry; young people are angry; women are angry – don’t you realise that 100 percent of all rapists are men? The whole world is angry, but for better or worse, this is our country and we live here; you may not like it much with all this racism and oppression, but it’s the only one we have, so if you can’t get to grips with it, you had better leave.
There is blood on the streets; we see it in Syria, in Occupied Palestine, in Afghanistan, and numerous other places. But we don’t want it here.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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