The rioting in London and other parts of the UK is still dominating my thoughts today. I read this insightful blog and wish that more people and particularly those in power in the United Kingdom would read it.
This woman, a deputy headmistress in a State school in London, is not afraid to say what the politicians fear to. She is black and proudly proclaims the fact. She comments on the fact that many of the rioters are young, uneducated black men. And she decries the practice of making excuses for this behaviour.
There can be no excuse for this mindless vandalism.
I make no apology for a second blog on the subject and for sounding off about it. I feel very strongly and grieve for my homeland as it goes through this terrible time.
“IF I should die, think only this of me;
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.
There shall be in that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.”
Rupert Brooke 1887-1915.