“I Don’t Call It Rioting, I Call It An Insurrection”

A year ago today, I was watching footage of a charred and gutted furniture store in Tottenham Hale, smoking in the morning sun. I watched the media machine judder and skip its cogs as dazed interviewers allowed real, emotionally invested people – people of colour, genuine ‘community leaders’ – to seize the microphone. People like the Reverend Nims Obunge, or Darcus Howe:

Or “Neville”:

For that reason today’s post is simply asking you to read this piece by Fear Of A Black Nerd, without whom (as a Pakeha fresh from the colonies) I might never have even bothered to sit down and really think about how last year’s riots are already being scrubbed out of history – or at least, historical context.

Imagine being thought of as a murderer or criminal every day. Please take a minute to close your eyes and imagine that. This is what people like me live with every day. The clenching of purses in elevators. People crossing the street when they see you coming. Hostility from police. Again this is nothing compared to black men that comprise these statistics.

22% of all children in America live in poverty, African Americans comprise 38% of that number. African Americans make up only 13.6% of the population in America. I can’t even find the exact number of African American males in the US because when I google any variation of: “number of black males in america” there are only 2 hits that give any sort of related figures, and the rest are about crime or black male blame.

Please read on at Fear Of A Black Nerd.

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