I’m fed up of being that “hooded thug” that gets stopped on every corner of every road just for breathing the same air as anyone else. Judged by the language I use as though it’s not part of this generations culture. A policeman, politician or someone of an upper class will look at me and pass judgement on my character and which side of the law I am on by my clothes alone. As soon as I open my mouth in public people step sideways to avoid being in my path and start moving as though I’m going to rob or attack them. They go on as though they don’t understand our issues with the police. It’s not even the fact that you stop me 365 a year but then you refuse to show me any respect at all, violating my rights as though I don’t know the law, passing comments which you know will infuriate me and cause tension. Hinting that I’m a member of a gang or that I’m a drug dealer because I’m moving suspicious when I question on which grounds you are stopping me. If the police and politicians can’t respect me why must I respect them.
I’m not a criminal, this is not the way I choose to live my life but it is hard to resist temptation. When something which is unaffordable to you becomes available right in front of you for free and no-one is there to stop you, it’s difficult to walk away. Stealing is something I don’t regularly take part in and I wouldn’t necessarily choose to do it again but it was just the golden opportunity. I just wanted to have the luxury of having things which I can’t normally have.
Our authority is repetitively undermined. The riot proved it. No-one give us the respect we are due. Those that fight against us are the same that would ring us in an emergency to help them. In a world where we are hired to enforce the law we need people to listen to us and acknowledge us. It is frustrating that we are viewed as a unit that want to cause every one problems when we are doing the exact opposite. We got into these jobs to help our communities not fight against them.
This new yob culture is disgusting. We are all taught right from wrong and it is as simple as that. All those that played a part are criminals. They have no excuse as to why they would behave like such animals. They have in turn destroyed their own communities and their own fellow local’s livelihoods. They have embarrassed this country. You can’t blame our economic struggles or lack of opportunities as there were people from strong educational and occupational backgrounds involved. This was an act of destruction and greed and nothing more. These people take no pride in the towns, cities or country that they are from.
In all honesty the problem is that each of the groups find it hard to explore the others point of views. There are many things that happened in the riots that I saw that disgusted me but I am able to see the reasoning behind them whether I agree or not. Stereotypes fed up of being generalized and treated in a certain way due to them fitting into a certain stereotype, then behaved like stereotypes to prove their point. The idea of rebellion is not one I’d shoot down but only if done in a certain way, a way that would actually help clarify the upset. It upsets me when politicians speak on the matter as I feel as though they can have no say on the matter. Half of them were on holiday at the time, which seems slightly suspicious to me, and they do not know what it’s like to walk in those that rebelled’s shoes. If they have never felt targeted by the system or felt a hunger for something which they can’t afford than who are they to pass judgement. You don’t necessarily have to walk in their shoes but at least try to show some kind of understanding. This also related to the police, this tension did not arrive over night this has been on going. A level of understanding has to be found before this can be solved.