I do not call it rioting, I call it an insurrection

BBC Interview

Darcus Howe, a West Indian Writer and Broadcaster with a voice about the London riots in an interview with the BBC.

I have been living in London for 50 years. There are so many different moments. What I am certain about, is that something very, very serious was going to take place in this country. Our political leaders had no idea. The police had no idea.


There is a young man called Mark Duggan, he has parents, he has brothers, he has sisters, and a few yards from where he lives a police officer blew his head off.


They have been stopping and searching young blacks for no reason at all. I have a grandson, he’s an angel, and he began to think he was coming of age when the police slapped him up against the wall and searched him. I asked….. him how many times have the police searched you. He said, “papa, I can’t count, there’s so many times.”


Where were you in 1981 in Brixton. I don’t call it rioting. I call it an insurrection of the masses of the people. It is happening in Syria…… it is happening in Liverpool…… and that is the nature of this historical moment.


About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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