Moss Side Riots Article. Moss Side riots: The night years of anger exploded in an orgy of violence. Moss Side's residents remembers. Moss Side Riots Task. The National Front. Anti-Immigration campaign 1970s Britain. Growing up with racism in Britain. "Let's tackle the roots of racism" - Zita Holbourne Growing up in 1970s London, I was viewed as a strange phenomenon by many.
Frequently my mother was told to "go back home" and called a "wog". People tried to apply labels to me and called me "half caste", "half breed", "half pint". Some didn't know what my race was but knew they disliked me because of the way I looked and called me "Paki", "Greek girl" and "Chinese girl". I remember being fearful of the Sunday market trips my mum took me on because we had to pass by the National Front (NF). Nazi attack One night my boyfriend and I were surrounded by ten NF thugs in Trafalgar Square on our way to catch the night bus. I went through a lot more racism, much of it institutional in education and workplaces. When my son was born I started to really dwell on racism, afraid and saddened for him growing up in a place where young black men were stereotyped, disregarded or even demonised. Looking at the way forward, there is no simple answer.
Racism within The Skinhead Subculture – Subcultz. Racism within The skinhead subculture Teenage Skinheads at British Movement demonstration, East London, As annoying as it is, the one question almost everybody, who is not a skinhead wants to know, is about the racism connection to skinheads, which has become almost a synonym of the word Skinhead I will try to explain the reasons behind it.
Without denying or justifying. I can only talk from my own real life experience, having grown up in a multi racial environment, from a very young pre school age child. Britain had an empire for almost 400 years, which covered 1/3rd of the world, encompassing many cultures and races. Skinheads first emerged in around 1967 Skinhead appeared towards the end of the 1960's a boom time, with high employment, as the Empire was being closed and sold off, a boom needed cheap labour, to fill the shortage, created by the war losses. Strikes crippled Britain, pictured is the result of long running bin men (refuse collectors) dispute A deep fear of change arose. 'Beneath the Skin' - Skinhead Documentary. This Is England - trailer. 1980s Race Riots. Moss Side – Manchester's Radical History. Gus John lived through the 1980s as a community activist and youth worker in Moss Side, having arrived in the UK from the West Indies in the 1960s.
In the aftermath of the 1981 Moss Side riots, he was a key figure in the Moss Side Defence Committee, which assisted with legal support to the youths charged by the police, challenged police violence and attempted to convey to the press and public a different interpretation of the events which had taken place. The committee would later undertake a detailed critique of the Hytner Report, established by the government to investigate the disturbances and their causes. Here Gus recalls his experiences of the times, in an interview carried out by Andrew Bowman just a week before the outbreak of rioting across England’s urban centres in summer 2011. 1981 was the year in which British people of African descent protested against racism and police oppression as never before in modern history. Very active. Such as Enoch Powell? Yes. Skinheads: a photogenic, extremist corner of British youth culture. If you are old enough to remember London in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Derek Ridgers' new book Skinheads 1979-1984 is a reminder of the latent aggression that defined youth culture in the capital, and sometimes made the journey home by night bus and tube train a risky business.
On the street, skinheads, who always seemed to travel in packs, were a threatening presence. At gigs, especially during the 2-Tone era, they were disruptive going on violent, often making the dancefloor at shows by the Specials, Madness and the Selecter a place where you had to watch your step even as the music urged you to do otherwise. Then there was the racism and the fascism, the storming of shows by the Redskins, and the attempted disruption of anti-fascist marches or anti-racist festivals. It was a different country back then: harder, more tribally and politically polarised. More intriguing, though, are the prettier boys whose soft gazes seem to contradict the very ethos of skinhead culture.
Remembering Moss Side - Part 1 (30th Anniversary of the Riots)