A UK State of Mind Part 1
by Winston "Stone" Ford
One of the things that I really wanted to do on my trip to the UK is to start researching and possibly filming a documentary about the Black experience in other Western countries. See, most people in America think that Black people in the UK or Canada have it better than we do. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The same aspects of racism, police brutality, drugs, poverty, and black on black crime exist over there as in America, if not worse.
The rate of Black on Black crime in the UK has also come into focus recently because of the deaths of 3 Black teenagers in the span of two weeks in South London by gunfire. One of the teenagers was shot as a popular skating rink, while the other two were shot in their bedrooms at close range.
The UK Hip-Hop community is trying to do their part to stop the violence. The most notable standouts are these two videos from The Roll Deep Crew and The So-Solid Crew. Honestly, they remind me a lot of the “Self Destruction” video from the early 90s. Still, production quality on these videos is pretty high and they both do a good job of getting their message across. Is it working? Who knows. The police tout out lower crime rates and “stepped up” policing, yet it seems that more Black kids are dying. Sound familiar? Yeah, they did that in DC and most every other city in America too.
Like I said, I probably won’t be able to do much investigation on this, but hopefully I’ll get some viewpoints from the UK Hip-Hop community while I’m there.
Roll Deep Crew – Badman
So Solid Crew – Broken Silence
Stop the Violence Movement – Self Destruction