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Glasgow-knife crime capital, but no mention of race

Community worker talks with young people in gangs

With little more than a million people there are 170 gangs. In one Bank holiday weekend alone in 2006 there were 50 incidents involving knife crime, and yet none of the reporting mentions race. They mention social deprivation, lack of opportunity, gang culture, but never race.

Whilst in London, a city with very similar social conditions to Glasgow: gang culture, poverty and lack of opportunity, there are some that only want to talk about race.

This crude and narrow analysis of race literally demonises a whole generation of Black young men. Whilst ignoring social economic aspects and police stereotyping.

What we end up with is the type of shorthand bigotry that we saw from Rod Liddle who seized upon the limited data and went on not only to demonise Black men, but disparage the whole Black community by stating that the only contribution Black people had made to this country was ‘crime and curry goat’.

As disproportionate victims of crime, Black communities above all want criminals tackled and removed from our streets. But surely it’s not incompatible to also demand that Black men are not stereotyped as criminals.

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