Voices From the London Riots

Racialicious editor Latoya Peterson rounds up commentary about the London riots.

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A building damaged by fire during the London riots (Getty Images)

Racialicious editor Latoya Peterson gathers poignant commentary on the London riots:

We can dispense with some mistakes, though. It is wrong to say that the riots are apolitical. The trouble began on Saturday night when protesters gathered at Tottenham police station to demand that the police explain the circumstances in which a local man, Mark Duggan, had been shot dead by the police. The death of a Londoner, another black Londoner, at the hands of the police has a gruesome significance. The police are employed to keep the peace and the police shot someone dead. This is a deeply political matter. Besides, it is conventional to say how much policing in London has changed since the Brixton riots of the early eighties -- but not many people mouthing the conventional wisdom have much firsthand experience of being young and poor in Britain's inner cities. --Dan Hind, writing for Al-Jazeera

I'm digressing, personalising, because I am angry and despairing. Right and left are meaningless in terms of what has happened over the last few nights. If you genuinely think that this wouldn't have happened if the coalition had been Labour/Lib Dem you need to get off the internet and get out more. That 13-20% have no respect or concern for or interest in any government, and probably can't even distinguish between the range of worthies in suits who have ruled us during their lifetimes. --Rosamicula on LiveJournal

Read Latoya Peterson's entire post at Racialicious.

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