Friday, 20 April 2018

The Windrush Generation: Black. British. Betrayed.

Windrush victims. Courtesy of the Guardian Newspaper. 

Disclaimer; I apologise in advance, dear reader to subjecting you to such a long article, on such a beautiful summer’s day.  Trust me I would not even consider, doing so unless the issue, was of such national importance, such profundity, that no other approach, no simplistic sound bite summary, could convey the sheer anger and volatility of Black British communities right now.



Profanity warning; There is strong language used in this article readers are discretion is advised. There is a political and policy charter what should happen now at the end of this article. I do know it’s long, and I will produce a video to supplement this article.

Having made my apologies dear reader, grab a cup of something nice, sit down and take time to read. It’s a rare pleasure in 140-character universe.

Windrush; The British Government is engaged in targeting, arresting, impoverishing, and then illegally deporting, British Black people.

Let that sink in.

We deserve better than this and so does the country. 2018 sees the Windrush 70yr anniversary, a time that was supposed to be an occasion of reflection and celebration, recognising the monumental contributions and achievements of the West Indian community to British society. All now is marred, as the gut wrenching ugly face of institutional racism in British immigration policy, and the brutal treatment of our Windrush generation, is laid bare.
It’s a year, when my community, increasingly traumatised by increasing incidents of racism, rising poverty and rates of serious violence, is also remembering, the victims of the Grenfell fire, the 25th anniversary of the brutal murder of Stephen Lawrence, and reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the death of the world’s greatest civil rights icon, Dr Martin Luther King, and a year where we are also celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. 

Black people have always believed, that British political and media, debates on immigration, have provided a convenient smokescreen, allowing politicians to use the issue of immigration, to promote racism, without reverting to overt racist language, The immigration debate, allows for a seemingly abstract debate, that provides for comfortable and plausible denial against any charges of racism. All in the name of a supposed and mythical, multi cultural, progressive nationalism as promoted from everyone, from Tony Blair to Tommy Robinson.

Immigration policy is, much like any other policy. On paper it can be entirely race neutral, much like the debates that preceded it, however just like the use and abuse of stop and search powers by the police, whilst on paper, the policy looks fine and has no obvious racist connotations, in implementation, the power has become an oppressive tool of police oppression. That is the quintessential nature of institutionalised racism in Britain.

To be confronted then, in this special year, with such devastating evidence of, and I use this term advisedly, state sponsored racism, terrifyingly codified into law, by the introduction of successive Immigration Act’s from 2012 – 2016 will be a revelation to many, who genuinely, believed that Britain had become a post-racist society.

These Immigration Acts were co-signed and promoted by British Prime Ministers, David Cameron and now Theresa May, in response to the ever rising fortunes of Nigel Farage and UKIP promotion of a xenophobic English nationalism, that claims to be race neutral, cuts to the very heart of the our place in British society. This scandal reaffirms our deep psychological insecurity as Black Britons, and insecurity driven by the brutal reality of our most tenuous and conditional, British citizenship.

We know we can go any time, however long we've lived here, whatever our circumstances, we can be snatched off the streets, bundled into that van, dragged kicking and screaming onto a chartered plane on some godforsaken runway, in the dead of night. Those who resist, can be manacled bound and gagged, and restrained with such a violent force they die as a result.

Our memory extends from Joy Gardner in 1993 to 2014 and Jimmy Mubenga to Carrington Spence in 2017

As Dr Paul Gilroy wrote in his famous book published in 1987 “There Ain’t No Black In That Union Jack”  Our lived black reality is, despite our supposed legal status as British citizens, our continued residence in the UK is not guaranteed in law. In many ways, our presence in this country is tolerated,and our citizenship is considered a gift, purely conditional and subject to constant challenge. 

Let me set it out plain from a personal perspective, there are seven generations of my family,
including my great-grandchildren, and excuse me, if I don't want them be tolerated in my own fucking country.

                        
The very use of the word should be an anathema to all right thinking people. You tolerate an invading virus, something bad, something unpleasant or annoying, certainly don't tolerate a fellow citizen, simply because they are black.
Let's remind ourselves that it was the Caribbean, African, Indian and other Commonwealth countries that built this country from the ground up, through their forced contributions of their labour and the wanton theft of their resources, throughout the historical periods of slavery and colonialism, and more latterly through the monumental contributions of the Windrush generations.
If I hear that word what time I will throw up.

Our citizenship of this country, has been bought and paid for, several times over, with the blood, pain and sacrifice of generations of our ancestors.

This fundamental right, is cemented in the blood price we paid to secure our freedoms, and we walk this earth today, as free born, sentient human beings who should enjoy the inalienable rights, comparable to every other British citizen, regardless of the ethnicity or faith.

No-one, not even the Queen herself, has the right to deny, this most precious gift, made at enormous sacrifice, by our parents and our ancestors. And for what is worth, its my opinion that she should apologise to us and the nation for this disgusting state of affairs. After all no white Commonwealth citizens seem to be affected.

Whilst we acknowledge and celebrate our historic contribution to this country, contemporary institutionalised racism continues to fundamentally undermine, the very fabric of multicultural Britain's, bold and disingenuous claim, to be a genuine meritocracy, and one of the most equal, tolerant, and just nations in the world.

That glorious claim has been revealed, as a most blatant and damnable lie. British Black people, regardless of their circumstances, have seen this historic social contract between the British state and black British citizens, as not worth the toilet paper, it’s not written on.

This Government is treating us worse than animals. No that’s insufficient, British people would die for their animals, and a mangy dog, will have more rights to legal protection against harm, then black people in Britain.

Watching, as we all have, over the last couple of days, grown black men and women openly weep, as they recount the full horror of their experience, takes Britain to a place, it really doesn’t want to be, For the consequences of such profound and disgusting, invasion of our fundamental rights, is a black community that is entirely enraged. I give you fair warning they should be no complacency, no under estimate of that anger.

Unable to claim benefit, unable to access the National Health Service, sacked if they’re in work, losing driving license, their homes and their entire lives, all sacrificed on the sacred altar of the Prime Minister’s toxic ambition to reduce illegal immigration. Its dreadful and terrible.

The Prime Minister's praetorian guard in this endeavour, her frontline troops, is the all-powerful UK Border Force, were deployed in the battle to make Britain a “hostile environment” for “illegal immigrants”.  The issue is everybody black, is assumed to be an illegal immigrant, we wear our passports on our faces, as far as immigration and police officers are concerned.

They were the modern day equivalent those, slavery hunting dogs. that were let off the leash, hunting in packs just like the slave bounty hunters of old, and yes just like back then, some of them are black. Happy to take a salary for bundling British people into the back of vans.

The Prime Minister, gave them a green light, to do whatever it takes, and they were, primary driving force that led to our current predicament, gave them a green light. Immigration officers with untrammelled power that far exceed anything police officers currently enjoy.

For years organisations, have campaigned and consistently pointed out the disproportionate targeting of black and brown people's by immigration officials, who roam our community, like predatory wolves, with absolute impunity and no accountability, and usually aided and facilitated by local police services. All paid for by the very taxes we pay. We’re paying for our own deportation. We’re paying them to harass the shit out of our community. We’re paying them to deport our parents.

What this shows us, regardless of the claims of some politicians and their obsequious supporters, that we are nothing more than third class citizens living in a so-called "first-class democracy" and our lived reality tells us, that access to justice is determined by race.

Despite Britain's long history of championing human rights around the world, we as a community, have always understood, that the world famous law and principles of the Magna Carta does not routinely, apply to black people in Britain.

The British courts a court of justice is permanently closed to black skinned Britons.

Windrush.

When my father arrived on a ship from Jamaica in 1955, he recalls looking at the shoreline, as they approached the English coast and wondering what was the smoke coming out the top of these little boxes, dotted along the shoreline.

He assumed they were furnaces or factories and was totally shocked when he landed, and found that these were actually people's homes.
My Dad, like many others of his time, worked hard, opened shop and later in 1975 became the first black man to own a licensed, late night, club venue in the Cheetham Hill Manchester.

                           

He paid his taxes as did all hard-working Caribbean migrants, he paid his National Insurance  stamps, for 60 long years in this country.

He tells me how he was forced, when he opened his club in the early 70s, to pay bribes to local council officials and police officers. He did whatever was asked of him, such was his determination to overcome his circumstances of relative poverty of his home in St Catherine, Jamaica.

Now living back in Jamaica, to this day, he speaks of the pride he had in building up his businesses and becoming a respectable member of the community and how the bribes became so extortionate, as his club became ever more popular, that in the end he decided he couldn’t it any more, close this club and although modest little off-licence.

My family now extends to seven generations of Black British citizens, how long will it be, before we are routinely accepted as equal to all other ethnic groups in this nation? A hundred years? 200 perhaps. How long is the perennial question of the black peoples throughout history, how fucking long does it take for black people to become the equal counterparts of their white neighbours?

It is certainly the case today that racism continues to infect policy at the point of implementation, On the face of it, all government policy is objectively non-racist, and however the strong social culture of racism consumes policy at the point of implementation.

Cultural racism is the most powerfully social force in modern Britain today. It can eat law, policy, and politics for breakfast, in complete disregard for the law of the land, culture can determine and dictate the social, economic and legal environment for black people, whatever law, policy and politics has to say. In Britain today, citizenship is colour coded, and your assumed race, is entirely relevant to whether you’re likely to be believed, should you be challenged by immigration officials, the police or indeed anyone else stop. 


Racism is so powerful; it’s literally Britain's cultural default, setting and one of its most insidious and psychologically damaging implications results in a culture of disbelief that means black and minority peoples are rarely believed. This will strike a chord with many, when I say, as black people we are almost always assumed to be lying.  This is how racisms daily micro aggressions, infringements and assaults stresses us, drives us into mental ill health, and sometimes into our early graves. Our lives are dictated by our daily calculations designed to take account of your racist bullshit racism. When we go shopping, go out for a night, when we choose a school for children, when we called police for assistance, and when we stand in front of the judge

Such is the vicious and hostile climate created by this and successive Government who have ramped up draconian immigration legislation, year on year. The effects of been devastating, for all people of colour, but in particular Blacks and Muslim British citizens.

And the facts are clear and indisputable.

The Windrush scandal confirms, the long held belief of British black communities and elsewhere, that British immigration political and public debate, is almost always cypher for race. It’s the home of dog whistle politics, a political strategy created by the Tory party political strategist, Lynton Crosby. It’s the pork barrel politics of Donald Trump that sinks to the lowest level of intelligence in the room.
And it's understandable too. The British public, for at least the last 50 years, have been subjected to the most sustained, relentless, racist, propaganda campaign on this issue, led by unethical politicians from all parties, and aided by a viciously right wing xenophobic media. It totally explains how we arrived at Brexit and where we are today.

Racism the unacknowledged, and unresolved legacy of empire lurks deep in the cultural fabric of the nation, and is ruthlessly exploited, short-term political gains, at the expense of black British citizens and a range of other religious and ethnic minorities. Its cutthroat politics at its worst.
When it comes to immigration policy, Britain is one of the most rapacious nations in the world. Any cursory analysis over the post-war Parliamentary record will demonstrate beyond doubt that this issue is intimately tied to the issues and ideas of race, equality and citizenship. We enact more immigration legislation than any country in the Western hemisphere, usually at least 2 to 4 immigration acts per government. Our appetite is insatiable.

And in a society that has failed to acknowledge its own profound racism, as is the case with Brexit Britain, such extreme immigration polices are sure-fire vote winners.

In British political discourse, immigration is the political equivalent of crack cocaine.

The media, political commentators, the man and woman on the Clapham omnibus, Uncle Tom Cobbly an all, everyone has an opinion on this issue, and no wonder, after all, lets be real, its almost, all we've ever talked about for the last 30 years.

As co-chair of Black Activist’s Against The Cutswe worked hard, with others, to stop the 2012 to 2016 Immigration Acts in Parliament. With my co chair Zita Holbourne, we worked hard to raise awareness of the dreadful impact such legislation would have, particularly on black and ethnic minority communities.

We came together, in partnership with many other grassroots immigration campaigns and we were joined in partnership by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants(JCWI) We held parliamentary briefings, we sought to mobilise the trade union movement to support our efforts, we organised protests outside the Home Office.

We initiated and helped create an overall umbrella campaigning organisation at the time, called, Movement Against Xenophobia to help tackle, all forms of immigration discrimination. We approached the trade union movement to fund an on-going campaign, and despite some negotiations succeeding for a brilliant poster campaign, no long-term funding was the forthcoming.

The Labour Party,under Ed Milliband’s leadership wasn’t interested in supporting our efforts either. No one, including the Tory party can say that they were not warned, briefed, lobbied, by a broad range of groups, raising concerns about the potential for outright discrimination of these immigration legislations. It has been a matter of public record and indeed we recently have learned that the Home Office produced at least two briefings outlining their fears about the potential discrimination of the Prime Minister’s policy.

Remarkably, when it came to the parliamentary vote on the dreaded 2014 Act itself, only five Labour MPs voted against, two of these were MP’s Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott.

I would be remiss not to pay tribute to Tottenham MP David Lammy, who in channelling the spirit of the late great MP Bernie Grant delivered a speech that shook Parliament and the country at large, to its very foundations.
                                        
                                                           Remember this ?

So it's interesting to see Labour MPs, clearly anguished and in suffering about the undoubted existence of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, who nevertheless in 2014, couldn’t be arsed to turn up and vote against the most pernicious, racist piece of immigration legislation, this country has ever seen.

Whilst I fully accept there is far too much anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, I do believe, in all honesty, that some of those who purport today, to be committed anti-racists, are nothing of the sort. I think that, their failure to be truly antiracist and committed to fighting all forms of racism, including the wholesale anti-black racism faced by our community, represents monumental and sheer hypocrisy on their part.

                              
While other Labour MP's bailed out Jeremy stood firm. Here is at our MAX demo in 2014.

What it does do of course, is expose their selective commitment to the cause of equality, preferring to use the undoubted hierarchy of concern, in relation to different types of racisms, as a selective battering ram against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has consistently voted against racist immigration policy for the entirety of his political career.

Anti-Semitic racism is treated as a much more serious political priority within the labour movement.
This selective application of antiracist concern, by some of the Labour MPs, constitutes an outrage, and a prostitution of the fundamental principles of equality and justice, neatly bastardised for the political convenience of vacuous politicians, obsessed with their own parliamentary careers.
I issue this simple challenge, to those who expressed such anger and of anti-Semitism; tell us how you voted on these immigration acts? I know where Jeremy was, standing right beside us. Question is where will you?

Ed Millband’s Labour, at that time, for reasons I've explained above, did not want to be seen to be opposing Tory draconian immigration legislation and therefore decided not to oppose the 2014 Immigration Act. The Labour Party abstained on the most vicious piece of racist legislation we've ever seen in this country and it is considered completely unremarkable that they did so.

The bitter uncomfortable truth, is that in the pernicious atmosphere of the pre Brexit referendum, and the febrile politics that pervades to this day, all who raised these issues were all largely dismissed or ignored. Everybody knew what was going on in terms of black deportations, and yet everybody, including some on the left, who were prepared to largely ignore the facts and indulge in a quiet conspiracy of white privilege, in the hope of harvesting a racist electoral dividend.

Whilst we expected that from politicians and the media, it is also true, that our own communities also ignored us. They were of course, spectacularly uninformed communities. But lets be straight up and down about it, some of our communities supported UKIP, and have come to support tough immigration legislation, and in doing so, drew up the ladder to a pathway out of poverty, lowered to them by their parents, a ladder that was paid forward for, by previous generations who sacrificed and fought for justice and progress.

Racism is so powerful, that it even infects and effects its primary victims, infected like zombies, they begin to mouth the words of racists, as they imbibe the constant atmosphere of xenophobic hatred. Such is the power of racism that eventually even its victims become tainted with its poison, and its perpetrators become moral reprobates.

Political resistance.

British Black voluntary sector organisations have been decimated through savage austerity cuts, reducing the capacity for poor deprived communities to organise and mobilise their voices. In any event many black organisations and charities have long accommodated themselves, to the deep political marginalisation of the struggle for equality.  Many peddled the falsehood, that They could grow crops without rain. They maintained that race equality could be delivered as an "apolitical" project, capable of being addressed through a simple business management philosophy of diversity strategies, training and multicultural policies. 

Equality is the most political project in town, it's a dogfight, a contact sport and it requires blood on the carpet,  and the relinquishing of power and authority, and it's re-distribution to marginalised groups. Because people with power don't give up easy. This weak kneed political accommodation, by many black organisations, has resulted in a deep reluctance to mobilise black communities politically, and in my view, is probably one of the most fundamental betrayals of our long walk to freedom.

Many of these organisations, are happy to occupy themselves by conducting endless research, that tells us what we know already; that we suffer from profound discrimination. Unlike the Southern Law Poverty Centre in the United States, or the NAACP, our organisations, have become incredibly British in choosing how they confront racism, and as such have become largely politically castrated, as a result. When the man hands you a grant check, he also handed them their balls on a plate.

Mainstream immigration organisations, which are also charities, like JCWI withdrew their support from the fledgling Movement Against Xenophobia, because they feared our demand for radical action, to oppose the 2014 immigration act. We proposed occupying the Home Office and invading the offices of the charter airline companies, who were complicit in forcibly shipping our people out the country.

They declined for fear of falling foul of the charities commission, after this government tightened up the rules about political campaigning by charities. Had they maintained their nerve, I believe we would have had enjoyed much greater success in politically exposing the terrible scandal we are now witnessing.

We also sought support from the trade union movement; we needed funding to drive this campaign on the ground.  Unfortunately, despite all of the political motions condemning Tory immigration policy, our plea for revenue support was refused.

This meant,  that in the face of the massed ranks of the right-wing media, pumping out daily propaganda and lies, about immigration, without serious independent political funding, mass political mobilisation, on the issue of immigration was impossible. we were successful in developing a poster campaign which the trade union movement was happy to fund. However what we needed, was not just a one-off shot, but a fully sustained war of attrition against the massed ranks of a right-wing press.

As a result, government has felt totally, emboldened and relaxed in driving a coach and horses accepted principles of human rights, fairness and justice.

My message to the black community, I can only remind you of the words of our most famous Jamaican national hero, Mr Marcus Garvey, who commentating on the reluctance and the difficulty of organising black in the early part of the 20th century, stated ‘black people will never know themselves, until their back is against the wall.’

Well today, I can confirm sadly, that many of us will have detected, tiny fragments of cement in our spinal fluid. Best you get that checked out.

As a people, we must wake up to the real and present political dangers and potential threats we face. We must recognise that when we all appear impotent to those who would wish to do us harm, we become incredibly vulnerable to this type of profound racism.

Furthermore, we must learn to listen and have faith in a leadership that has proven time and time again to have the necessary experience, to be able to forewarn, forearm and help protect the community from the predations of politics and racism.

To do that, we must be ready to engage, to allow leadership to empower and educate, and in doing so, become more effectively politically mobilised and ready to act, an important message long championed by Operation Black Vote. In addition we need to fund our own politics so that we are able to mount campaigns totally independent of the political patronage of any other funding agency. Blaksox has such a political/economic philosophy and we would do well to wean ourselves off, the master's table.

Plausible deniability.

I think I know the real reason why government is insisting they do not know the figures relating to how many people have been illegally deported. The figures are so extraordinarily high, asked to release them now would cause a major civil disturbance. As for the government's position that they were unaware that this policy had this "unintended” and "unforeseen" consequences, there is no way, on God's green earth, this government does not know the precise number of people wrongly deported. No way.

It’s absolutely inconceivable, for a nation that invented forensic administration and to this day has meticulous records of centuries-old compensation claims, paid to slave owners after the abolition of transatlantic slavery, and for which former enslaved Africans were paid nothing, and all dating from 1833 to 2016.
They appear almost, dare I say Putin like, in their attempt to deny these figures exist. You can’t publicly produce yearly immigration monitoring figures, every day on the front page of the Daily Fail, without having these figures to hand. Sir Bob Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, spoke on the BBC Newsnight program about this issue. He stated it is highly unlikely that the landing records would have been destroyed as claimed by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.

Sir Bob also went on to comment on the nature of the "hostile climate" approach demanded by Prime Minister Theresa May, the then Home Secretary. He said "There were some who saw it, I shan't name them, as almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the way it's working.” Damn ! the mans not holding back. Whoever said that, knew exactly what they were talking about. I believe there are possibly thousands of people of African, Caribbean and Asian descent, have since 2010, that have faced the full horror of that late-night knock on the door, to be confronted by police and immigration officers.

That's why the government is incredulously claiming not to have these figures. I believe they are reluctant to publish them now, in the run-up to local elections, as they rightly believe it would invite the most massive reaction from wider civil society and British black communities.

UK Border Force.
I was both shocked and surprised to hear, David Wood former, Deputy Chief Executive UK Border Agency (2012), and Deputy General of the Immigration Enforcement Department the Home Office (2013 to 2015) who claimed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme broadcast on Friday 20thApril 2018, sating he didn’t believe that any Commonwealth citizens had been inappropriately or illegally deported.

To hear such arrant nonsense, from someone who was primarily responsible for this area of policy is absolutely mind blowing. Reminded me of the senior Met police detective, with 30 years experience, who when giving evidence to the Stephen Lawrence Macpherson Inquiry, claimed he did not know the basic arrest and investigation protocols relating to a murder investigations. What all this points to, in relation to comments made by David Wood, is the incredible incompetence and mendacity of the supposedly senior civil servants, who seems to have been unable to detect the most obvious racism we’ve seen in a long time.

Shop owners have been raided, Caribbean, Chinese and Asian restaurants and food shops, all have felt the oppressive heat of a nation that seems determined to reduce its non white populations, to the lowest level possible.  In 2013 I stood with Chinese restaurant owners in Chinatown complaining about the extent to which they will be subjected to targeted raids by immigration and police officers.

I have personally witnessed these raids, many illegal, and observing immigration and police officers do their work, many have concluded, that it’s almost as though some are taking a perverse pleasure, in closing down black and ethnic minority businesses, such is the ruthlessness in which these raids are carried out. Others have frivolously, speculated that such obvious glee could be related to the fact, that some may be covert members or supporters of UKIP.

Landlords have also taken the opportunity to increase rents to black and ethnic minority tenants who are unable to produce the necessary papers proving citizenship. For a little extra cash, some landlords are prepared to ignore the Home Office and the law, that demands that they refuse to rent to the people without papers. Instead some landlords have cashed in.

The stories of those individuals, that have decided to speak out of the last few weeks, have eloquently spoken to the profound crisis and reality of systemic racism, citizenship and ethnicity. I want to pay tribute to them and their families, it's not only the government that should be apologising. So should the community itself, however if people simply wait to become victims of the system, before choosing to support black leadership/organisations in resisting antiracist legislation, then we only have ourselves to blame, when we find the man unexpectedly knocking at our door, and there's nobody there to help.

One of the fundamental questions, that this issue raises is, can you ever really be black and British ? I fear the answer today is no, and furthermore immigration policy is at the root of this failure. The consequences of that statement of both shocking and profound.

And lets be absolutely clear, about what happened this week. Teresa May was forced to apologise by dint of widespread public outrage, she did not do so willingly.  Whilst the Prime Minister can apologise all she likes to Commonwealth Caribbean leaders, the stark fact remains that both she and her government, crushed and dismissed every form of professional and political human rights accountability of UK Border Force staff, in a determined effort to allow them to do exactly what they did.

Such is the poison of racism, turned into as debased political currency, that its insidious influence has bastardised notions of inclusive democracy. This was the subterranean, depth of the Prime Minister’s malevolent and feverish desire, to reach her self-imposed, impossible to reach, immigration targets; she suffered no barrier to her profound and distorted political ambition.

Notwithstanding the quaint, Commonwealth diplomacy that required Commonwealth leaders to accept the plaintiff apology of a mortally wounded and deeply damaged Prime Minister, I and many others, do not believe that the Prime Minister will deliver on her very public promise, to ensure that everything is done to address this situation. let's not forget promises made in the terrible aftermath of the Grenfell Tower hellfire have still yet to be delivered. Why should we be any different ? Our foot has to be kept firmly, on the throat of politicians until the cheques our signed, and the passports delivered.

What I do expect, in the interim is some kind of media management of this issue from the Prime Minister, that will no doubt include, smiling black people being invited to number 10 Downing Street, to take part in some national initiative, of one sort or another.

Let me make this clear, those that attend such functions, and claim to speak on behalf of the community, have rarely undertaken any consultation, nor do they have a mandate to offer solutions to government, on the behalf of national African and Caribbean communities.

Any solutions they offer, are entirely the product of their own preferences, until we elect them, they are neither representative nor empowered to offer solutions or policies responses, to some of the most burning issues of our day. We all remember former Prime Minister Tony Blair in April 2007, falsely alleging that he’d been personally told, by a black pastor, at one such “consultation” meeting addressing gun crime,..

When are we going to start saying this is a problem amongst a section of the black community and not, for reasons of political correctness, pretend that this is nothing to do with it ?"

Neither can the Prime Minister, lay this Windrush scandal, at the door of the Home Office, as it she, as Home Secretary and then as Prime Minister, who authorised the deportations, she personally oversaw them, she demanded better progress on deportations from civil servants and Border Force staff, she became fixated and obsessed with achieving her goals of reducing the number of illegal immigrants by any means necessary. We have all paid a heavy price, and will continue to pay, as a consequence.

Who you kidding Kwasi ?
And to claim, as Black Tory MP Kwasi Kwartang has, that this whole thing, has nothing to do with institutionalised racism, and is simply some unintended consequence of an immigration policy gone wrong, is frankly to insult people’s intelligence. We’ve all known, and certainly the black members of the Tory party, have been made consistently aware, of the profound injustices that our community was facing, as a direct consequence of their immigration policies.

As for the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, she needs to resign immediately or get sacked. Her position is utterly in untenable. Nobody in government can claim that they were unaware that black British citizens, fully entitled to be in this country, were being targeted and deported by border agency immigration officials. Black communities are angry and somebody will have to be held responsible or all hell will break loose.

What should be done now? A Windrush Agenda For Change.



                                                                           

Firstly, I'm not interested in any amnesty, no crime has been committed. Our parents did sneak into the country at the dead of night. They were not part of some sham marriage, neither were they in possession of false documentation. Cut them open and there are stamped made in Britain to their very core.

Secondly, all those affected should be given fresh British passports and full citizenship with immediate effect.

Thirdly, the criterion for proving residency in the United Kingdom needs to be lowered, to a reasonable and pragmatic level. Too many of us, when asked to prove we have been resident in Britain for every year for the last 50 years, feel like the guy in the insurance ad advert, where asked if his front door lock, conforms to British Safety Standards 21468. Like him, we’re not sure, we don't know, in fact, nobody knows.

Fourthly, there should be full financial compensation for all those affected including, any financial loss suffered by their families, and full financial restoration of any loss all welfare benefits, and the full repayment of any costs incurred as a consequence of being illegally targeted on the basis of the colour of their skin. Should be awarded initial compensation to allow them to afford a thorough and professional calculation of their losses, in addition to an interim payment whilst that takes place.

Fifth point, all those who have been legally deported, must be returned to the United Kingdom immediately, and where appropriate must be provided with like for like, housing, and be provided with a comprehensive financial resettlement/compensation package.

Six, the Prime Minister must include wider issues in relation to responding to anger and outrage that this apartheid inspired legislation has induced. For example, all police assisted immigration deportations must be suspended immediately, whilst we await new policies which guarantee fairness and justice.

The Mayor of London and Mayors of other major cities, along with Police Crime Commissioners, should immediately instruct their local police force, that no officers should be allocated to assist with immigration deportations, with immediate effect.  In addition the Home Secretary must suspend all deportations until we can be sure about the integrity of the system. The border agency appears on street seeking to deport black people, I for one will do all in my power to intervene. I think others are likely to take that very same position, such is our outrage and anger.To  continue to allow deportations to take place, in the present context, would be to invite potential civil disorder on a massive scale.

Finally, new legislation must be urgently introduced that ensures that this cannot happen again. The legislation needs to be clear, transparent, and easily understood. We must restore legal aid to those who experience the injustice of the British immigration system. We must restore in country appeals, for those suspected of being Illegal immigrants.
In conclusion, we must, as a nation, rehabilitate ourselves from the powerful social virus of racism, which gives rise to the toxic policy of illegal deportation of black British citizens.

Politicians from all sides, have over the last 50 years, periodically increased and ratcheted up, severe and ever more draconian immigration legislation. This has provided the perfect growth culture in which racism thrives and the dispensation of justice becomes almost impossible. Whatever happens now, the time has come for this country to face the brutal consequences of its political addiction to the issues of race and immigration. Not to do so, in a growing multicultural democracy like Britain, will invite the bitterest harvest of profound, discontent and disregard for the rule of law.

The stark warning I give to government and the British authorities, is a simple one; British black citizen will be treated equally, or in the end everybody will feel the lash of injustice.

Lee Jasper.


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Monday, 11 December 2017

To the British White Left: Your major anti racist focus on fascism and #Tories is great, but Black people are in a trench warfare with a racist @metpoliceuk and your predominant response is to send tweets and offer placards.

We see nothing but occasional articles professing your support, you may turn up for the odd tragic demo, but you have no substantive response neither is police racism a priority campaign for the left. Your campaigning preference is the cosmetic anti racism of left ‘anti fascism’.
We are all opposed to fascism, but the reality for the majority of black people is that, on the daily it’s a racist in a blue uniform, that represents our greatest threat. We are being criminalised on a industrial level, as Lammy Review report demonstrated. 


Add to that the polices own figures, that show massive disproportionately that represents the wholesale on going criminalisation, of an entire community on an unprecedented scale, and one is left asking the question, why the left will invest huge resources in opposing Trump in the name of anti racism or oppose racist immigration legislation, or UKIP or the Football Lads Alliance on occasion.

But they will not invest it's considerable resources in opposing the wholesale racism of an institutional racism of both the police and criminal justice systems? And when they do get involved in campaigns sucj as the Justice for Mark Duggan campaign they destroy for within with their toxic brand of left partenalism and Stalinst approach. 

It’s seems to me that the Left preference is for a soft anti racism of the exotic kind, rather the real industrial racism of the domestic kind, executed every day by the police and courts. This also reflect the total silence of the London Labour Party on the issues of police institutional racism, in particular the London Mayor Sadiq Khan. They're not alone... whines the last time you saw Momentum or Jeremy Corbyn address the scandalous racism of the the Met? 

What about London MP's or the London Assembly? Barely a whisper from any of them. 


The two Labour politicians who have raised these issues consistently are MP's Diane Abbot and David Lammy MP. That is to be welcomed but in the absence of a coherent policy response from the Labour Party, it appears as though this is not a priority of the part as a whole. 

This is a consequence of your alliance with black leftists who are to either silenced and disempowered by the lefts internal racism, or its token representatives, that ensures a soft polictal focus on racism of the exotic kind, rather
the real industrial racism of the domestic kind,
executed every day by the police and courts. 
And so they’re unable to establish Police racism as political priority, despite the fact that there is a return to the trench warfare of the 1980’s. 
You can’t tell me you haven’t noticed the plethora of police brutality cases of late? All this comes of a consequence of the total domination by sections of the left of the UK anti racist struggle. 
Black people are getting brutally oppressed by a police force that is deeply infected by a resurgent institutional racism and the left response is nothing more than a token acknowledgement. 
And so the police rampage through our community continues apace, austerity has amplified racial inequalities on a massive scale, and the police are intent on criminalising as many black people as they can in response to deepening poverty and now we’re at boiling point.

In 2018 the challenge for UK left that wants to be ‘inclusive’ beyond the current tokenism is to facilitate organisational black leadership and reprioritise the UK anti racist agenda or see the launch of anew black led anti racist movement. We need to reflect the real reality of our racist oppression not a leftist interpretation that reflects ideological empire building.

Kids Company 2.0: London 'gang intervention' worker sleeps with client.


They plunge us into poverty with their racism and mass unemployment and leave black youth rotting on estates to murder and kill each other, then they contract their friends to come and ‘save us’ and such is their racism they refuse all Black attempts to solve our problems. They then recruit their middle class friends to come into our communities to address problems, they have no clue about. preferring their own paternalistic solutions. 
We end up with white middle classes organisations like Kids Company and the one involved here corrupting our kids further. This insidious racism sees these organisation poverty pimping our tragedies. Now lets be balanced about this, these organisations do cater for the reality that some parents are either incapable or unwilling to do what is necessary to look after their children. You know that, and I know it. Some parents circumstances are difficult and stressful, especially when Mom is the sole earner and as such such organisational support can be a life saver. 
But there a minority of us whose attitudes, lack of emotional maturity or selfishness or reckless behaviour, means that we are the problem. So well run ethical organisations doing the work with these families is necessary and can be very effective when culturally sensitive to the community they work with. 
Gang intervention work in London is a total mess. And on the ground black youth unemployment, and homelessness rises and we all know what happens when young people feel failed by society and their families 
We need strong community support organisations what with the current levels of poverty, mental ill health and homelessness being so high. Question is, are these current organisations focused on 'gang interventions' the right organisations? Are they diverse and publicly accountable to the communities they work in? It seems to me over the last decade, local authorities have slashed black voluntary sector funding wiped out hundreds of community organisations, reintroduced a budget for this critical work, one tenth of its original size, called it progress and handed the larger contracts to anybody but black organisations and companies.
But lets take a reality check, some of the problem includes black organisations some of whom, are happy to pimp black pathology for profit rather challenge police and local authority institutional racism that creates the societal and economic context for increased poverty, dysfunctional families, predatory violence, drugs and crime. That's why we have to fund our own solutions and demand more ownership, accountability and creativity in the design and implementation of solutions. 
And that would look like a comprehensive, public health, preventive strategy, where resources and power are devolved down to empower fractured communities. We need institutional assets under our control and I dont mean dependancy 'grants.' Here I'm talking about buildings we buy, or are given and refurbish and service ourselves. It's using our consumer power, to encourage private sector investment, and political political power to ensure fair access to statutory contracts that are aimed at our communities.

But before, we can do any of this, we need to own the problem we have right now and take control of the issue. Nothing can be effectively done, until we assume ultimate and collective community responsibility for our children.
This particular case shows an unethical and ineffective practice of piss poor youth intervention. This Mum is at her wits end and she tries to save her son from the ravages of this project. Black women are under attack by the white psych of black pathology. Some of these project have determined its 'our culture' that is at fault. Fact is the greater the poverty  and the longer it continues to exist, the greater the incidence of violence. It's an universal truth. 
We must do for self. We can't rely on the architects of our children misery to solve our problems. these kids need care and opportunity and its our duty to provide it. 
And the challenge is to the men, all generations of men, fathers or not. 
We need all hands on deck. Grandfathers, fathers and involved uncle, cousins, in laws, friends and neighbours. We need that size of paradigm shift. These are our kids. all of them and that makes this our problem, and any time a community loses control of its moral standing and respect of its own youth, you're in big problems. Respect comes from ethical intelligent, leadership that is emotionally mature and has a abiding passion for education. 
I believe we should consider organising a public meeting with those organisations and local authorities who are making these interventions and hold them too account. We've seen this all before with Kids Company and countless 'Mayoral' projects of a similar nature. In truth it appears these projects are an unofficial social services, with all the power and non of the accountability. 
They are contracted, voluntary sector organisations with no public facing complaints procedures and little if any real community accountability, and yet here they are, intruding massively into our communities, with huge powers conferred on them by the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Service, local councils, all of whom demand 'intellegence', as a specific requirement of these statutory contracts. 
We must hold them to keen account in the New Year and fully asses the extent of this type of unethical, aggravating invasions of family life . The issues raised here, cannot be ignored and with your support @Blaksox will raise them. 
Or alternatively, we can all ignore this heart rending video, and the cries of our own children, for effective leadership and simply except that we have zero control and prepare for more tragic murders followed by brutal and cruel interventions from these unaccountable, agents of the state

President Addo takes President Macron to School. Aid ? Thanks... but no thanks.

Ghanaian President Nana Addo reframes French and European nations relations and leaves President Macron speechless. I watched this and got goose bumps. African ethical leadership and vision in action. #Ghana #France #BlackSalute #Do4Self

Sunday, 10 December 2017

#Feedback4Lee‬

Man needs feedback. ‪#Feedback4Lee

Its almost the end of 2017 and wanting continuous improvement for 2018 Im trying to improve my comms skills and on line presence and would ask for any feedback on my page, its content, that can help me rise my blog and twitter game and how my messaging could be improved. 
Please fee free to post here or DM any feedback aimed at supporting my goal of improving my on line presence would be gratefully received.

Im also looking for volunteers to help deliver improved on line content on the issues that are important to our community.
I will be delivering a YT news/poliitica/cultural magazine Sunday show every Sunday starting in the New Year and again anybody wanting to support these efforts and get some satisfaction of seeing us advance our cause, contact me  lee-jasper@live.com

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dalston Junction Police Assault: School Girls Mum Makes Witness Appeal.

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Mum Joy McIntosh Witness Appeal.

Black youth in London are increasingly subject to disproportionate and violent arrests at the hands of the Metropolitan Police. Such was the case this weekend where a video of the violent arrest by Metropolitan Police officers, of a16-year-old black girl at Dalston Junction, went viral, attracting strong criticism of police force that appears out of control. 

No doubt, many will sigh at this point, drop their heads and think, "Here we go again, another gross exaggeration, and yet another anti-police critic, inflating a legitimate arrests, into some overblown political bandwagon.

Of course if you're black and fully awoke, you will know, that history records, that all claims of serious racism, are always and routinely furiously denied in the first instance. So first of all let's deal with the objective and broader context of my statement.

The extent of the deterioration of relationships between the Metropolitan Police Force and London black communities has sunk to a new low, as increased levels of institutional racism in policing, continues to poison relations between black communities and an increasingly notorious Metropolitan Police Force.

Using this descriptor “force” will no doubt surprise some, but for many of London black communities, the Met is no longer perceived as a public service, and increasingly seen, by many communities as an, aggressive and hostile occupying force.

And today, relations are pretty bad indeed. Earlier this year as a result of a series of freedom of information requests, I discovered that, according to annual public confidence survey data supplied to me by the police themselves, in London’s  black communities, trust and confidence in the Metropolitan Police Force, rarely rises above 50%, and disturbingly in some of the key areas – such as Lambeth, Newham, Haringey and Hackney – regularly drops to as low as 30%.

In terms of violent arrests, the overwhelming picture is that the Met is particularly violent when arresting black suspects, according to their own figures.  These  show that whilst the black community makes only 13% of London’s population, they represent a staggering 36 % of all police violent arrests in London in a three-month period.  

This represents around 20,000 violent arrests of black people every single year, and that assumes all violence arrests are reported by police officers, something I personally doubt. There could be many more. 

And where the police have to rely on supporting partner agencies, then we often see these agencies, themselves infected with racist practices, actively colluding with police violence and racism to mask their own failures.  TfL is a case in point. 

Now lets consider the case of 16 year old, London black college student, and daughter of Mum Joy McIntosh, who on Friday 1st December was travelling on the bus 149 around 6pm heading toward Dalston Junction. Let's call her A. 
While on the bus A was approached by a couple of TfL ticket inspectors, what then followed seemed to be a huge misunderstanding. 

As a result TfL ticket inspectors then, followed her off the bus and began physically restraining her. A is just 4 ft.11 and weighs around seven stones. 

By this time a crowd had gathered concerned at the apparent treatment of this tiny black schoolgirl being aggressively manhandled. 

Increasingly intimidated by a gathering crowd who were appalled at the disproportionately violent treatment of A, the TfL inspectors called for police back up. 

Meanwhile the growing  crowds became increasing angry and hostile. The inspectors then bizarrely began shouting ‘stop resisting’ as they violently restrained A. 

This is, of course, an age-old police tactic of attempting to create a public impression of a suspect resisting arrest or restraint, whilst violently attacking said suspect. 

A, was then kneed in the stomach by one of the Inspectors and started to cry out for help. As the crowd started to react, one of the Inspectors then inexplicably escalated this situation and violently secured A in a head lock – all the time shouting ‘stop resisting’ A was frightened, terrified and distraught. 

The police then arrived and placed her in handcuffs forcing her hands way up her back and placing her in a police van.

Throughout the time she was being assaulted, by the police officers and TfL inspector’s, the crowd were filming and becoming increasingly agitated. 

A solitary white woman who witnessed the police violence (black people, particularly black men, please take note) tried to intervene. She was violently abused and pushed by a police officer, who then placed her in a headlock and repeatedly punched her. She was subsequently arrested and charged with police assault.  

At this point a larger crowd had gathered and A was calling out for some one to call her mother. A bystander did so and told her mother “Hello, hello ?... I've been ask to ring you urgently, I'm here at Dalston Junction and the police are assaulting your daughter.”  

When A’s mother, 36-year-old Joy McIntosh and her 18 yr old son arrived on the scene, she was confronted with utter chaos. Joy reports seeing massive angry crowds and tens of police officers, all shouting and milling around. 

When Joy, a woman of strong faith, saw her distraught daughter in the back of a police van, she sought to approach and comfort her, but was immediately pushed back by police officers. Joy was then kettled by officers who refused her access to her daughter or her son

When her son protested at the treatment of his mum, the 18yr old was pinned to the ground by police and violently arrested, aggravating the crowd even more. 
© Joy McIntosh 

“The level of violence I saw from the police officers at the scene shocked me to the core. It was unbelievable. I was so frightened for his life that although surrounded by police I just kept shouting “keep calm son, stay alive” repeatedly.”

Both her children were taken to Stoke Newington Police Station, where A says she was denied her rights as a juvenile and subjected to bullying and intimidation by police officers. 

She demanded her mother be present as an appropriate adult, whilst she was being interviewed, the police refused, and instead brought in a preferred social worker and a local stranger from the boroughs appropriate adult scheme, and this despite her mother being in attendance at Stoke Newington Police station at all times. 

A was arrested on Friday evening around 6pm, interviewed around 11pm, kept in a cell overnight and finally released on bail on Saturday around 6pm. Her brother was released later that day and both were given bail conditions not to stay at their mother’s house and subjected to a nightly curfew from 3am to 7pm. They are both due to return in two weeks time. Again a massive, punitive over reaction. 

The frequency of these types of incidents, where we see Met officers, engaged in the violent arrest of London black folks is increasing.

Each month thousands of London's black communities find themselves experiencing disproportionate violence, whilst being arrested. It's just a fact of life, that the Met in particular, are arresting black youth's in such numbers that feelings on the streets today, are strongly reminiscent of London circa 1986. 

Met officers, seem to have no regard for whether black suspects are children, young adults or elderly pensioners, the response of far too many officers is routinely violent. (remember Bristol, St Paul’s pensioner Ras Judah?) 

Institutional racism has resulted in the British Police more generally, and the Met in this particular instance, losing public legitimacy. The Met, whether tackling criminals or racially profiling back youth, are viewed with such deep suspicion as a direct consequence, of their worsening and unacknowledged institutionalised racism. Such public opposition to perceived racist policing is becoming increasingly common in London. The principle of policing by consent requires the Met and the Mayor to urgently address this crisis of confidence of London's black communities. 

The deep irony here, is that it's Tory Prime Minister Thersea May who has been much more vocal on this issue of police racism, and to be fair, she at least has a semblance of a coherent policy focus. Why not the Mayor of London? Surely we would expect a Muslim Mayor, elected in large part with support from London's black communities, to have a policy to tackle police racism that is in advance of a Tory Prime Minister?

He, the London Assembly and the Commissioner must explain why it was necessary for a 16-year-old child, to be subjected to the kind of arrest, usually reserved for the most serious and dangerous of criminals, for nothing more than failing to be in possession of an Oyster card that, in any event, entitles all London 16 yr olds in study to free travel anyway? She lives in London. Its an administrative technicality not a major crime. 

The fact is that both TfL Inspectors and Met Police unnecessary use of violence unduly provoked and inflamed this situation. Given the public interest, and in the interests of good community relations, all charges against A, her brother and the brave woman who sought to intervene, should be dropped immediately.

Still questions remain for example why was A mother denied access to her 16-year-old daughter whilst at Stoke Newington police station?

Why, was it thought necessary, to hold a16-year-old child for 24 hours for such a minor offence? I have long raised the issue of the undue detention of black children by the Metropolitan Police Force.

Huge changes to London's bail system is resulting, in far too many young, vulnerable suspects, being unduly detained for long periods of time. As black public support for the Metropolitan Police Force wanes, so the potential increases for relatively minor incidents, to spark widespread civil uprisings. 

Across London, there is emerging consistent anecdotal evidence, that black parents and adults are being denied the opportunity to act as an appropriate adults when in attendance at London’s police stations, and that black children are being held for excessively long periods of time,as a result. In the current context the violent arrest of children could be the spark that ignites wider opposition to perceived or actual police racism. 

There are serious questions to be asked of local appropriate adult schemes who seem happy to collude with this abuse presumably being paid per child. They must be held accountable and must now inquire whether or not a parent or significant other, is in attendance at police stations. I would welcome the publication of monitoring figures detailing the numbers and length of time young people are sending in custody, by ethnic group and gender. 

In terms of a London political response to the culture of known racism within the Met, its simply not there in any substantive form. Its simply not an item for discussion. Don't believe me? Try doing a basic search for Mayoral policy or London Assembly debate on this issue. The challenge is simple and straight forward for the Mayor Sadiq Khan and that is to respond to the David Lammy MP Review challenge of “explain or change.” 

Rather than genuine dialogue and community engagement, we have endured  increasingly desperate attempts, by the Met to justify, the unjustifiable, quoting knife and violent crime as their operational rationale for their obvious racism. 

Except it isn't any justification at all and as most informed observers know, there is no relationship between the incidence of violence and rates of stop and search. 

Terrell Decosta Jones Burton a child form another family of faith.
Disproportionate stop and search; disproportionate violence; disproportionate arrests; disproportionate refusal of bail; disproportionate charging for like-for-like offences when compared with white suspects with worse or similar previous antecedents; disproportionate deaths in police custody; disproportionate number of Met black officers subject to disciplinary investigations by their fellow officers. 

Nuno Cardoso 25 law student.

Since the trauma of this incident Joy has been inundated with support of the wider community.  

Tensions are high across London, in the wake of the notorious incidents including Sarah ReedEdson Da Costa, Rashan Charles and what appears to be the savage beating by police of another 15 year old Terrell Decosta Jones_Burton

And now we hear of the case of 25 year old law student, Nuno Cardoso who is the latest young black man, who died after being detained by police.

This is what his Mrs dos Santos, Nuno's grieving mother had to say,

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'The boys feel they are being attacked – and I feel the same. They stop and search all the boys. Not just because they have dreadlocks or long hair, but every black and mixed race boy in this country – they have the same problem. The police need to involve themselves more in communities. They need to give more space for the parents. They are not talking to us. They need to be holding meetings, public meetings, on the estates. From September until now there have been three deaths in custody. This shows something is wrong. Maybe they are not being trained.”





I could go on, but you get the picture. London is experiencing a resurgence of institutionalised racism within the Metropolitan Police force. This important, but as yet largely unrecognised fact, is clearly discernible from the discreditable and undisputed figures, detailing significant disproportionality and discrimination in all significant aspects of London policing.  


This situation as it stands today, is that black Londoners are no longer prepared to give the Met police the benefit of doubt, when judging the appropriateness of police interventions involving black people. The reason a relatively minor incident such as occurred at Dalston, provoked such a strong reaction, is because very few black people, or indeed many ordinary Londoners, now trust the police to do the right thing where black people are concerned.  In this context even a legitimate police intervention could lead to widespread disorder as a result. 

The Mayor of London has to reign in the Met. He has to get a grip of the real reality he faces, namely a level of resurgent institutional racism that has become re-energised, as a direct result, of the abandonment of the  recommendations outlined within the McPherson report on racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. Race is no longer a political priority in London.

From a Labour Mayor and former 'campaigning' solicitor, a man who represented Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, this is a scandal, and mistake for which the City, and the country at large will pay a heavy price.

Further it is equally bizarre that a Tory Prime Minster talks more about these issues than both Labours leading lights, the London Mayor and the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Is Labour ducking the issue of police racism? In the absence of any substantive evidence to the contrary, its a reasonable conclusion. 

Only by tackling Met institutional racism head on, can we hope to avoid an almost inevitable backlash from a London Black community that feels itself under siege from a hostile, aggressive an all-powerful Metropolitan Police Force. 

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