Tuesday, 9 August 2011

SOLIDARITY

It’s difficult to comprehend the scale of events that have escalated over the past few days in London and beyond. It angers me that there is an unprecedented level of greed, but is
that what people are rebelling against in the first place? ‘We’re showing the police we can do what we want and this is the rich’s fault’, this in itself is disturbing, how does smashing in a charity shop exude or damage the rich in any way; it’s damaging their community and the good their community does. What I would say is, that the victimisation of a community doesn’t matter if an individual doesn’t feel involved or able to invest themselves into that community in the first place. The repercussions are irrelevant because the community and society at large offers them nothing anyway and whose fault is this? Parents? The police? Government? But, sometimes, there doesn’t have to be sociological justification for events, or a wider context, sometimes people are just arses. Feeling disillusioned, disconnected and disengaged doesn’t mean you go out and loot. Moral compasses are going haywire, deindividuation is rife. A really bad example, but one that portrays deindividuation well, is through the internet, for example on youtube comments or twitter accounts; because they are essentially untraceable and under the guise of an anonymous username, people feel like they can displace their true identity and act with another, in amongst a group of haters, they can say and do what they want. Look at London, opportunistic looting, moments of madness, where contrary to what’s being heard, it’s not just young, unemployed, black guys; there’s employees and graduates that have been charged. I’m not sure that people are making a point, it’s all been too rapid, sporadic and spontaneous to be driven by anything definite. I just hope that the EDL and bigoted Daily Mail readers don’t take this whole situation and let it confirm and fuel their stereotypes. And as a 20 year old, I don't like people jeopardising the already strained and tempestuous reputation of my generation. What can come from this is the chance for community and society to reclaim the streets and convey that the rioters are a MINORITY. Heroes are already going out and cleaning the streets with traditional British retort; the broom really is mightier than the sword. Look at the pictures up there, this is London, this is Britain.