Faced with police silence, the crowd of Duggan supporters grew angry and attacked two empty patrol vehicles nearby. And then a rampage began which has led to arson, criminal destruction, looting, muggings and assault; homes damaged with families inside desperately pleading with the rioters not to destroy their property; apartment buildings burnt to the ground and others left as charred ruins; five girls were spotted smashing a shop window and walking off with armfuls of designer handbags; Firemen were attacked while doing their job. Clearly, none of this can have anything to do with justice.
Of the righteous, who should step up?
... It's Grandma
Anyone who had the privilege of an older, black aunty or granny growing up will remember acutely the power of that generation of women, who took absolutely no s@%! from their sons. In their youth these women had seen their families damaged irreparably by war, then packed up their bags, unbowed, and crossed oceans to start a new life in a hostile nation. They survived racism - REAL, BRUTAL, SHAMELESS RACISM, survived "informal" segregation in the 50s and appalling housing conditions in the 60s. In the 70s they lived through inflation we can't comprehend, on the lowest of wages while their husbands were laid off. These women are an untapped example of the "elegant hardcore". We need old, black grannies to get their handbags out and hit adolescent boys with them until those young men feel shame like they did as children. Proper, old-fashioned SHAME! Ladies, dust off your switches and show this generation of mothers where we went wrong! I'm serious! Because I can only see two, more formative influences if granny doesn't beat these boys into shape : the de-humanising impact of a police water canon or the equally undesirable normalisation of an utterly unacceptable gangster code.