More on the Riots

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.

14 responses to “More on the Riots

  1. “under an English heaven” is a comforting thought for those of us of the English speaking world. But history shows it is not so for other peoples of the world. But there is no arguing that the world is a better place because there was an England.


  2. I haven’t lived in England for so many years but it will always be home. It’s where I was born, brought up and nurtured. So a very special place for me. And how I grieve for that nation and what it is going through now.
    Thanks for your comment, particularly the last sentence, appreciated more so because of your background as a history teacher.


  3. Quite a good blog you sent us to. It applies to more than just England. We here in the US have had our share of disgraceful moments. I feel for you and your homeland, Judith.


    • Thanks Susan. I worry how/when/where it will all end. All these young, uneducated and disenfranchised young people creating mayhem and chaos but to what effect?


  4. Sorry to hear the violence continues, Judith. It all seems so senseless. Are you able to keep in touch with your family there?


    • Yes I have been in phone and email contact with my sister and through her my nieces and nephew and their families. It is just mindless vandalism and to what end?


  5. Thanks Judith, great article!


    • Thanks Thomas. I have had BBC streaming on the computer all day. Things seem to be quietening down in London but there are still hot spots in other parts of the country.


  6. Keep talking about it, Judith. The only way the violence will end is if we all acknowledge we play a part in it – and we can stop it. We all have the ability to interrupt it. We do. Unfortunately, it takes time and energy. Some folks prefer complaining vs. acting.
    Please. Keep talking.


    • I read your post on the Interupters the other day. Powerful post and what an inspiration those people are. Wouldn’t it be great if this could spread around the world. It would make a difference.


  7. TheIdiotSpeaketh

    Wonderful piece Judith. It breaks my heart to see all that terrible stuff happening in London and in the UK. I loved my three years there and loved the people and it is terrible that a small, tiny fraction of idiots is doing this to this great country!


    • I had BBC News streaming live on the computer yesterday. It seems that the police are overcoming the mobs in London at least, and the news last night (here)showed locals joining together to clear up the results of the riots. I really feel for those people around the country who have lost their homes and have nothing but what they stand up in. And the sight of those youths robbing the injured young man as he lay on the street will stay with me for a long time.


  8. Katherine’s interpretation of the underlying causes of the rioting is simplistic… and I would hardly call the reaction across the UK as making an “excuse” for the violence. There is never an excuse for violence.
    I must add that the rioters across the UK now cut across racial lines and all of it is sad and must be resolved. Until we delve deeper into the issues at home; poverty, discrimination, youth apathy, inequity, and address them, we will merely be putting a bandaid on a terrible situation. Again, violence is never the answer… yet, we must look closely at all the socio-economic factors and address them.


  9. Thanks Elizabeth. The problems in the UK and I guess many other parts of the world, have been growing like a quietly simmering kettle. The wide gulf between the haves and the have nots is growing and many of these people feel disenfranchised, helpless and hopeless.
    Until something is done to rectify this the unrest will continue to ferment and break out as it has.


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