Who knows, the BBC might quash this interview footage with Darcus Howe, West Indian Writer and Broadcaster.
Did you notice how at 3:27 the interviewer accused Darcus Howe of taking part in riots? She said that he was, “not a stranger to them.” Oh, what a clever tactic, to shed doubt on his credibility; she went looking for context and didn’t like the view. I’m reminded of a scene in the 1998, film Bullworth:
Bullworth: You know the guy in the booth who’s talking to you in that tiny little earphone? He’s afraid the guys at network are gonna tell him that he’s through/ If he lets a guy keep talking like I’m talking to you/ Cause the corporations got the networks and they get to say who gets to talk about the country and who’s crazy today/ I would cut to a commercial if you still want this job/ Because you may not be back tomorrow with this corporate mob/Cut to commercial, cut to commercial, cut to commercial.
Darcus Howe wrote back in 2008:
…there was a movement of blacks and Asians into the London Metropolitan Police. This was no sudden urge of wannabee policemen and women. The revolt from within our communities against police malpractice spurred some within our ranks to enlist. They wanted to make a difference. It was that simple. Their presence across London, they hoped, would alleviate the oppression from which our communities suffered. … What did the new influx bring to the table? Unbridled enthusiasm. Their presence undermined the racism of white officers. Their creative spirit and sound judgement, shaped in the black and Asian communities, propelled the Metropolitan Police along a new road. Dizaei, Logan and others such as Ghaffur are proof that the presence of blacks, Asians and Turks sets new standards. And Ian Blair’s task, as the new commissioner, was to incorporate these entrants at the helm of policing in London. He got it abysmally wrong, succumbing to the rantings of the right-wing press which claimed that his force was overrun by political correctness.
[Ian] Blair took his eye off the ball. Lifted to prominence by Tony Blair, he became General Blair, leader of the war against terror . – The real war at the Met, Darcus Howe
Who in the world would have a problem with undermining racism? The right-wing, of course. What do ya know, Ian Blair’s tenure as Metropolitan Police Commissioner didn’t end well.
… the shadow home secretary, Dominic Grieve, welcomed the news.
“We have been calling for Sir Ian to step down for almost a year,” he said, criticising “a serious lack of judgment about the leadership of the most important police force in Britain”.
Blair’s decision comes after allegations in today’s newspapers about inappropriate use of public money in sharpening the commissioner’s image.
The Daily Mail claimed this morning that Blair employed a close friend to give him PR advice prior to taking the job. He denies acting improperly.
Blair’s problems stemmed from a series of high-profile mistakes, most notably his handling of the shooting of De Menezes in the wake of the July 2005 bomb attacks on London.
He was criticised for an initial insistence that the shooting was “directly linked” to anti-terrorism operations, despite widespread worries at the time among other Met officers that an innocent man had been killed.
The family of De Menezes, who are in London for the ongoing inquest into the 27-year-old’s death, said Blair bore “responsibility for the lies told about Jean and the cover-up by police”. – Sir Ian Blair Resigns as Met Police Commissioner (Guardian)
Makes me wonder what else has gone on with the London police.
Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. – a young man in Tottenham, 2011
How many poor and disaffected whites are taking part in this rebellion? The ignorant, racist sector of the Interwebs and the mainstream media insist that only black people are involved. A class rebellion? Whites involved? Why, surely you jest. I bet $100.00 that white people are involved and they are just as angry and disaffected as their black counterparts.
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