London calling.

i’ve been viewing the uprising in England over the past

couple of days. outrage over the shooting death of a

man in Tottenham has gotten out of control. and yet there

IS a weird sense of order in these disturbances, one

that you have to go to the past in order to truly grasp

the idea.

i worry about family over there. and i think about the

last time my Nikes tread upon British soil, about ten

years ago to be exact. the disturbance is about a block

away from my Uncle Pal’s main home, and that brought it

all too close to home for me. see, there’s many elements

to what’s going on over there. i heard a reporter on CNN

speak about her interviews with some youth, who feel that

they’re doing this because the government doesn’t listen

to them. their educational opportunities have been slashed

down a couple of times over the past two years. the economy

is stunted. they see the royal family shell out tons of

British pounds for Kate and William, but they’re left to

scramble for whatever they can get. the rich are getting

richer. it’s the same argument we’re now seeing take place

here, clothed in political partisanship. but we tend to

forget that we have more ties to the UK than we think,

don’t we?

another thing to consider is the Empire’s view on the

Afro-Caribbean populace. while it’s not the rabid nationalist

hatred that bubbled over in the 1960’s and again in the

1980’s with the rise of the skinheads, it’s not all tea

and violets either. the bobbies are notorious for their

violence towards them and the Asians as well. and now

they have guns. i remember when i last visited, that was

a proposal on the table because they were deeply concerned

about illegal weapons smuggling and violence. and put the

blame on the yardies. you can’t be surprised when the

people go through such ‘sufferation’ and eventually they’ve

had enough. especially when a young Black man such as

Mark Duggan dies at the hands of the police, and EVEN

MORE SO when it’s found out that the police LIED. my

Uncle Pal has been in England from 1960 and he’s seen it

all. the riots are a block from his home in Clapton now.

Brixton is ablaze along with Leeds.

(Darcus Howe speaks to the BBC)

of course, there are those who don’t give a damn about

what happened. they’re out to get some free stuff. you

will always have bottom-feeders around who make things

worse. but let’s not forget why this is going on. it’s

too complex to just be considered ‘riots’. it’s a

movement of sorts. you have to consider the term when

they’re using BlackBerry messenger and the PS3 to

coordinate. we can only hope that things settle down,

and that the British government can really investigate

and work towards solving the issues at hand here. they’ll

want to sweep this away given that the Olympics will be

there in a year, but they shouldn’t be so oblivious.

and let’s hope the extremely criminal element gets

separated from the rest of what’s going on. and i will

pray for the safety of my uncle and his family over