In all this talk of gangs and the surge in violent crime within the UK. What isn't being talked about is that this a race issue & this is a working class issue. This is an issue of extreme disparities between the classes and races & alienation/demonization of black/s.asian youth.
It IS the case that BAME (black, asian, minority ethnic), especially BAME working class youth have less access to services like a good education. More likely to experience poverty and mental health problems...
Compound this with constant targeting by the police in stop and search, constant fear mongering from the media and the few role models they do have being helmed as responsible for violence (see any article about Grime by the Daily Mail...)
Is it ANY wonder that these kids end up in gangs? Money offers a false way out of this loop, but what they don't realise is it isn't sustainable and ends up in the death of KIDS who's life is over before it really began.
The only people who benefit from this are the adults making these kids run drugs for them. Drugs that are bought largely by the middle/upper class. Big city bankers (a majority white male field) aren't buying their drugs from other bankers. It's not them who suffer.
If it were middle/upper class white men suffering as a result of this violence, there would be a change in the law. But as long as the law/police keeps w.class & BAME locked up and treated like villians for walking into a shop, standing in the street w/ a hoodie, it won't change.
This is a case of supplying a middle class demand. The more the demand, the more deaths. The more drugs are criminalized, the more gangs to traffick it. This is a race issue. This is a class issue. For the violence to change at the bottom. The behaviour has to change at the top.
But for the most part we need to finally accept and seriously talk about how issues of race and class from the viewpoint of people of colour. NOT from middle class white people (majority of the members of parliament) who largely benefit from these disparities.
More role models, more education on structural/institutionalised racism, less cuts to youth services, more investigation into police brutality and racism within the force. Less blaming the youth for becoming victims in a toxic system built and upheld by adults.
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