First, thanx to all the MANY people who responded. I appreciate the comments, and was happy to hear the different points of view.
I totally agree with the Prime Minister because over the last few months black teens have been killed by other black teens and men. The muslims have been told to say terrorism was a part of their community and so I also think the Black community should admit that it's their children killing each other. The Prime Minister would be wrong if gun violence was happening amongst other communities but it's not. Those six teens were all black teens and this gang culture in the UK is prevalent amongst the black communities. I'm not say the White people (or people of any othe race) don't have gangs or carry guns or that all black people are gun carrying gang fiends but it has become a norm over the last few months to hear about a Black male teenager being stabbed to death or shot!
Due to the exhausting debates on racism that have been going on, I really tried to over look the comments in the above post that I thought were ignorant to say the least (and focus on the message) – but seriously, do you really believe these statements? Of all the killings that have occurred in recent months, (the proportion of killings that are gang related and the victims black), as of yet there have been no convictions that I am aware of, so how can you be sure the all killers were black? This remains an assumption. Terrorism is part of every community, terrorism occurs on many levels not just suicide bombings. The notion of HELL has been used in ways that may be described as terrorist, hoodies on street terrorists and other forms of anti-social behaviour can also be deemed terrorist acts, and not all of these perpetrators are muslim.
But onto this Black on black gang violence. I found an article that best represents my opinion, by Melanie Phillips.
People, the prime minister included IMO, are guilty of a short sightedness on the issue. My main problem with his speech was that it did not even consider the causes / roots of this violence (which are key to understanding the issue). So without really understanding the nature of the problem, he made this speech that in a way holds the black community responsible and tells them to fix it. Might I add, his source – for making the speech, has publicly declared his words were taken out of context, so yet again the prime minister is jumping to conclusions on shaky information.
For example, drugs are a major driving factor in gang dealings, and numerous sources say that the vast majority of those purchasing the drugs are NOT BLACK. Without this drugs market, the violence may not be occurring.
Also, Britain has be found to be the worst place to grow up as a child/youth. Social class may play a role in all this, and I think the national stats have it that a large proportion of black people in this country are living in the lower classes, a contributory factors to perhaps going into gangs in the first place. Though probably not a direct cause of anything, it maybe be a contributory factor to the state of things.
Generally there are various factors and explanations for this phenomenon, and abruptly classing it as a race issue is very irresponsible by the prime minister IMO. It’s quite serious really, because many people – clearly including yourself just seem to accept what he says and don’t bother to look a the real issue, and understand the real, larger phenomenon going on.
PS – if you read either article, you will know that the black community have already been vocal about gang violence and black on black violence. Te pastor speaking to the pime minister wanted increased funding into schemes and ideas produced by the black community. The black community cannot deal with this phenomenon that is beyond race, alone.