Normal service will resume shortly: the London riots

8 Aug

Before you label the London looters as ‘mindless thugs’ remember that they didn’t get the chances you did, or had the parents you had, or probably ever felt safe walking down their own street.
Imagine what it’s like to grow up bombarded by a mainstream culture obsessed with wealth, where the only rich people you know are criminals. Are you so sure you’d be strong enough to rise above that, living in a borough where there is only 1 job for every 54 people applying for it?

I met kids like this when I worked in newspapers. The world they live in brutalises them before they even make it to their local under-funded, under-subscribed, failing school.
The London looters are freaking scary, and shouldn’t go unpunished, but they don’t just pop up as fully formed ‘mindless thugs’.

They are grown that way.


2 Responses to “Normal service will resume shortly: the London riots”

  1. Rukoda August 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Well said!

    Its easier for the media/politicians/public to think these youths are mindless thugs…but there is always a trigger, always a reason, even if it doesn’t always make perfect sense to everyone. So much anger within a community can only be contained for so long.

    I am glad I am not the only one who thinks this. 🙂

  2. Tanya August 9, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Some of the kids that were looting were not criminals per se, but saw it as an opportunity (albeit an unwise one) to jump on the bandwagon and join in, especially the ones that did not conceal their faces during the looting. Now the ones that have been caught have ruined their lives, indulging through stupid, mindless, even destructive actions, which have absolutely nothing to do with seeking answers regarding the killing of a young man by the police. It is my understanding that peaceful protesters were demanding a response from the police in relation to that incident which took four hours too late to come. As a result, nasty, scheming highjackers of this peaceful protest, turned it into an excuse to go wild, completely spoiling the intention for the protest. Now Birmingham is joining in and it has absolutely nothing to do with them!! What’s all that about??!!

    I do agree with your comments that some children have fewer opportunities in life, inadequate schooling, underfunding, etc., and so this can lead to problems for society later down the line (heck – councils are shutting down the libraries which was an excellent place for kids to hang out – the councils did away with youth centres years ago) and so it is a way of showing that the chickens coming home to roost, through selfishness in sections of society and cut-backs. But on the other hand, people have to take care of their children and bring them up properly, there’s no use in having kids and putting yourself in an untenable position if you are unable to care for them properly, – now although you’ve mentioned that kids are bombarded with media images showing the ‘High Life’ with all the cars, money, clothes and a so-called fabulous life etc., one thing that no-one tells them that it can be achieved through hard work and good results, instead they naively think it can be achieved without zero effort, but the problem is that if the kids are not being educated properly at home and at school , what hope is there for them when they reach a working age?

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