Mapping the Riots in London and across the UK is available on this link. source Guardian
The comments and discussions from site visitors over the last few months on Black violence, teenage murders, shooting and robbery have suggested a growing fear around the safety of young people, frustration with policing and reduced aspiration and opportunities for young people.
While nothing could condone the violence, burning and looting that has and is still occurring, it would be ridiculous to deny that many who visited the site have warned that the frustration, fear and anger would eventually explode outwards rather than be retained within Black communities or the estates within deprived areas of London.
Sadly this has occurred and was sparked by the shooting of Mark Duggan on Thursday the 4th August in Ferry Lane Tottenham
On the 14th July
TK Black Elder and Grandfather commented:
“We know that Black people are often the last to get the benefits of good times and the first to lose those benefits in the hard times. There is no surprise that robbery and burglary are climbing fastest in deprived areas with black communities, or that knife crime and violence in Lambeth has started to spike
I don’t know why people turn on each other in this violent way when things get tough. When the Brixton riots happened it was their local area the youths smashed not Westminster or Chealsea. When people are in pain they lash out at whoever is closest this happens in relationships it happens in neighbourhoods.
Lambeth is a barometer and early warning signal that the hard times are biting and when shit happens in Lambeth it tends to pulse outwards to the rest of the city.”
In June 2011 Francis R commented:
“There is no consistent thread in any of these murders. Someone gets killed because of a robbery, another because someone somewhere disrepected another. Tit for tat killings of young men with guns. The only consistent thing is that there is a brutal disregard for peoples life. But that is the normal now. Young people learn from those around them and what they have learnt is that adults whether they are politicians, religious or business leaders, lie, steal, cheat and when they want something they don’t care about killing to get it. Because these black young men seem to be killing each other for now doesn’t mean that it will stay that way. Eventually that anger is going to turn outward from the estates in Lambeth, Newham and Southwark and god help us when that happens.”