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London Riots: West Indian writer Darcus Howe sets the BBC straight

BBC – London Riots (The BBC will never replay this)

Darcus Howe, a West Indian Writer and Broadcaster with a voice about the riots. Speaking about the mistreatment of youths by police leading to an up-roar and the ignorance of both police and the government.


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‘Darcus Howe: a Political Biography’


This is a political and intellectual biography of an important and controversial figure in British race politics. In recent years Darcus Howe has been a high-profile (and not uncontroversial) television journalist, but he also has a long history as a grass-roots activist. He moved to America from Trinidad in the 1960s where he was active in student committees fighting racial segregation. On arrival in Britain in the early 70s he joined the British Black Panthers – the first Black Panther organization outside the US. Here he attracted the attention of Special Branch, was arrested and had to defend himself at the Old Bailey. Over the next decade he was a member of a number of high profile campaigns that took on the National Front and police racism – campaigns which led to a seismic shift in British attitudes to race and culture more generally. The book uses Howe’s dramatic personal history as a lens through which to explore the British civil rights movement in the defining years of the 1970s and 80s. It also links the struggle for racial justice in Britain with the fight for black emancipation in the USA and the anti-colonial movement in the Caribbean. Howe has a unique intellectual position forged through his personal experience and through his interaction with leading black thinkers such as C. L. R. James (his great uncle) and Kwame Ture.

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  1. Darcus Howe sounds like a Black version of that other British intellectual George Galloway except Howie is some 10years older than Galloway.

    Howie managed to make his point that the youths are ticked off with the Cameron Government reintroduction of the hideous SuS law which faced so much opposition when it was last introduced. The Blacks have always felt SuS gave the Police power to racially profile them and to harass them without cause.

    The tension must have been just beneath the surface and erupted at the first opportunity ie the death of Duggan shot at a routine traffic stop in Tottenham. That the British Police are unarmed yet still managed to shoot Duggan’s is another perplexing matter..

    Comment by lydia | August 10, 2011

  2. Armed police are already common in London and no doubt they will be a lot more common after these ‘events’, along with lots of new ‘enhanced’ powers. Also they use dumdum bullets!

    Its no accident this has erupted just after the recent sharia-law pantomime from ‘Muslims Against Crusades’ (MI5) and the Breivik atrocity. Race wars are seemingly the in-thing.

    Comment by Dunderheid | August 11, 2011

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