“I remember David Cameron saying “hug a hoodie” but I haven’t seen him doing it, why would he? Hoodies don’t vote, they’ve realised it’s pointless, that whoever gets elected will just be a different shade of the “we don’t give a toss about you party.”—Russell Brand - Big Brother Is Not Watching You
“The young people who took to the streets were making a statement. Denounce this as opportunistic criminality if you will, however there’s a message there too. To me, that message was; “F*ck you. For now, we will do exactly as we choose and you can’t do anything about it”. But why did they decide to deliver this message? Why did some of those young people behave as if they have nothing to lose? If we don’t answer these questions with anything more intelligent than “feral youth” we’ll always return to these terrifying scenes.”—“A riot is the language of the unheard” | Politics, Poetry and Equality (via congruity)
Watching my home town, my heart burn to the ground. Watching the streets where I did my growing up, my learning, my loving, watching them filled with greed and fear and utter lawlessness. Hearing ignorant political commentary from (largely) white people in suits. My heart breaks.
There are complicated socio-economical issues at play. There are gratuitous examples of mob mentality and ruthlessness. There are overwhelming race issues boiling over. There are opportunist ignorant youths running wild. There are actions of a silenced and ignored generation. And there is evidence of complete lack of awareness for responsibility and effective forms of ‘protest’.
Amidst it all homes are burning, businesses lay in ruin, people are shocked and traumatised. It is a difficult thing to simply sit and watch it happen. However if there is one thing I am certain of, it is the London spirit.