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Old April 30th, 2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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Love Music Hate Racism

I went to the event in Trafalgar Square and I think it really showed why London is the best city in the world:
White kids dancing with black kids, to white and black music; 40,000 people accepting each other and getting along. A real feel of the anti-war demonstrations - first time in three years I've seen a Socialist Worker flag!

Admittedly with the aid of something to drink, I was able to "Pow" along to Lethal Bizzle and the Kray Twinz, whilst the Lethal Bizzle fans made an effort to dance along to Boy Kill Boy, the Paddingtons, Belle and Sebastian and Drew from Babyshambles (as Pete's been arrested), which made it very special. All in Trafalgar Square sun. Nice to see Lethal Bizzle remixing the Rakes.

Great day which I really can't imagine being able to happen in a city like Los Angeles.
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Old April 30th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #2
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I think that is something that is seen across the UK- it seems the UK is more socially developed than the USA, with the exceptions of some small groups (ie BNP); I see lots of groups of people of mixed-race here, but not so much abroad.
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Old May 1st, 2006, 12:05 AM   #3
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I was there in Trafalgur Square as well on Saturday. Great atmosphere and the beers we managed to get helped it but as you say people were really getting along and their was a real feeling of unity against racism. The fact that I liked the music was also a plus point

The only thing that ruined it was a mini riot round the corner in Leicester Square between United and Chelsea fans, but was soon controlled. The people speaking on the stage said that the BNP would hate this and it's true. I liked the **** the BNP t-shirts I kept on seeing as well
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Old May 1st, 2006, 12:35 AM   #4
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There was a Stand Up to the BNP event in Manchester, organised by the Unite against Faschism/lmhr organisations. Unfortunately only saw the flyers after the event!
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From what i could see the whole event was hijacked by the 'stop the war lot' and radical socialists, which completely undermined the event, and led to me leaving after less than 5 mins.
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Extreme socialism is as bad as fascism.
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Old May 1st, 2006, 06:07 AM   #7
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well, extreme anything is fascism if you think about it. Fascism is not determined by the traditional left/right spectrum but rather the authoritarian/libertarian one (of which fascism is at the extreme authoritarian end of the scale).

Anyhow, racism sucks.
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Old May 13th, 2006, 10:50 AM   #8
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We actually have the highest numbers of mixed race couple in the developed world. I always found that statistic surprising. Also the fastest growing ethnic group is mixed race.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 01:17 AM   #9
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awesome! aren't we great
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Old May 19th, 2006, 01:21 AM   #10
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most african immigrants to europe see the uk as the place they eventually want to be because it's the most tolerant of other races. a friend of a friend from cameroon says this - he used to live in italy and norway but couldn't settle because of the abuse, whereas that just doesn'thappen here at least not much.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 02:55 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BenL
White kids dancing with black kids
omfg, just dont tell A.D. williams!

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Old May 19th, 2006, 03:00 AM   #12
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Wow white kids dancing with black kids.

Only in London eh?
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