I do not call it rioting, I call it an insurrection

BBC Interview

Darcus Howe, a West Indian Writer and Broadcaster with a voice about the London riots in an interview with the BBC.

I have been living in London for 50 years. There are so many different moments. What I am certain about, is that something very, very serious was going to take place in this country. Our political leaders had no idea. The police had no idea.

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There is a young man called Mark Duggan, he has parents, he has brothers, he has sisters, and a few yards from where he lives a police officer blew his head off.

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They have been stopping and searching young blacks for no reason at all. I have a grandson, he’s an angel, and he began to think he was coming of age when the police slapped him up against the wall and searched him. I asked….. him how many times have the police searched you. He said, “papa, I can’t count, there’s so many times.”

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Where were you in 1981 in Brixton. I don’t call it rioting. I call it an insurrection of the masses of the people. It is happening in Syria…… it is happening in Liverpool…… and that is the nature of this historical moment.

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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