10 years since Mark Duggan killing and the UK uprising (Claudia Webbe MP & Alex Wheatle MBE) E1039
On this episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to Claudia Webbe MP. She discusses how the killing of Mark Duggan by the police revealed the extent of institutional racism in the UK, the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, being the chair of Operation Trident at the time when Mark Duggan was killed, the cover-up of the actual events surrounding the killing, whether Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick should resign and much more! Next, we speak to award-winning author Alex Wheatle MBE. He discusses why he argues Boris Johnson’s government is stoking racism and xenophobia among the British public, the prospect of another uprising similar to the one after the killing of Mark Duggan, Boris Johnson calling the use of stop and search ‘loving’, arguable impunity for British police officers who kill black people, the history of police brutality against black people in the UK and the backlashes the brutalities have caused, the younger generation’s lack of awareness about racism abroad, why Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership of the Labour Party has decreased his hope for the future and much more.
“For Alex Wheatle to use what is a serious accusation of UKIP and “racist” so lightly - with no evidence, no substance, and no policy grounds is quite shocking. It demeans the nasty reality of racism, racial violence and hatred that is abhorrent to all fair thinking people. There is not an ounce of evidence that UKIP has policies or ever would have policies that are racist. UKIP is unafraid to say the politically unsayable which is why we have such a strong stance on things like illegal immigration into the UK, but that doesn’t make us racist. It’s simply not about race - it’s about space, visit www.UKIP.org if you need proof of that.”