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Racism is alive and well in England

August 13, 2011

David Starkey appeared on Newsnight recently to lay the blame for the riots that swept the country solely at the door of black culture. His argument that “whites have become blacks” is not only pathetic, but blatantly racist. He has made the mistake that a lot of white people in England have done this week. Falling into the default position of blaming black people for society’s ills. How easy and comfortable it is for these people to point fingers at their bogeyman of choice. I found Starkey’s comments to be highly offensive. To equate black culture with criminality, negativity and savagery makes my blood boil.

There were plenty of white people involved in the rioting up and down the country. Yet, no one appears to have noticed. It’s proof for me that racism lives a healthy life amongst many in England. Black culture is not the root cause of the riots. In fact, it has nothing to do with it at all. It’s pathetic of Starkey and Daily Mirror columnist, Paul Routledge, to accuse rap music of being the instigator of rioting. How many rap songs have they listened to? Some rap music may talk about killing and violence, but the vast majority of it is about materialism. That is what the riots were really about. Thousands of people looting stores so they can get their share. Yes, it is wrong to want something without working hard for it, but it is an issue that is pervasive in our society as a whole. Many people from all backgrounds are more concerned about materialistic gain than anything else. You see it all around you everyday.

I’m tired of the racist rantings of wankers like Starkey and numerous others that have called into radio phone ins this week or written column inches. I feel as if I’ve time traveled back to the 80s. It’s amazing to me how white people can see an angry black face and become so fearful. It says more about their own prejudice when they react in such fashion. Black people have made numerous positive contributions to this country. Yet, why should I or any other black person have to keep making such a statement? Why must we always convince people of all the good we’ve done when it’s not a requirement for whites or any other race. We’re always held to a higher standard and treated with the greatest disdain. If it makes Starkey feel better to believe his line of bullshit, so be it, but it worries me how his point of view appears to be growing.

Baby you’ve changed

February 1, 2010

I’ve spent the past eight years outside of the UK and have just recently returned for the first time since February 2002.

I cannot believe all of the changes that have taken place in my absence. First off, lets talk about the influx of immigrants which is a hot topic these days. I was absolutely staggered how many people from different parts of the world now call the UK home. I knew about the influx of eastern europeans, especially the poles, as I’d read about that over the last few years. However, the number of Muslims now living here is amazing to me. In the borough of Brent, which is apparently the most diverse borough in the country, there are countless numbers of Somalians, Iranians and those from Afghanistan. I never saw so many women in burkas.

Tesco have used the Wal-Mart blueprint and appear to have taken over the whole city with their metro and extra stores colonizing all corners of London. Fried chicken fast food shops appear to have mushroomed out of nowhere. The greasy birds seem to going down a treat with all the victims of the recession. No wonder obesity is on the rise. I also discovered the Oyster card. It seems to have revolutionized transport in London. Nobody appears to pay with cash….on the buses at least. I quite like the flexibility of the card though, plus it speeds up boarding on the bus.

Continuing with buses, I traveled on one of the infamous bendy buses. I understand it’s also known as the free bus as most people who board it don’t ever pay. Seems a bit strange to have a bus with multiple entrances and exits. I really don’t see the point of them. I’ve been told that the police routinely storm the buses to catch the fare evaders and the UK Border Agency, new to me, also snare any illegal immigrants that they find on the buses too. Wow! That just tells me how much London has changed when that is a regular occurrence.

Finally, I want to talk about contraflows. Bloody everywhere I go! They are a royal pain in the arse too. I’ve never seen anything like it. Literally every street now has one. Things were never this bad in the past. Digging up the streets seems to be the new way authorities have of pissing off commuters.