The three-piece band from Edinburgh formed after meeting at an under-16s hiphop night at the Bongo Club in Edinburgh when they were all 14 years old. In 2011 and 2013 they released "Tape 1“ and "Tape 2“ before putting out their first studio album, „Dead“ in 2014. The album won them the renowned Mercury Prize. In 2015, they released their critically-acclaimed follow-up album "White men are black men too“.
Michael Brown’s death was not just a tragedy, but also the final straw for a town fed up with racial discrimination by police. Rather than merely holding individual officers responsible, there needs to be a dramatic shift in police personnel to better reflect the diversity in our society.
Mercury Prize-winning band The Young Fathers push for racial equality and want racists to come to their shows. To the band’s G Hastings, that’s not contradictory, but necessary.
Across Europe, Roma people are facing blatant racism. And yet there is hope.
Brown and Garner are but two names in a long list of black men and women who have perished at the hands of police. These are not personal issues or isolated incidents: they are tragic reflections of a deeply broken system.
The case of Darren Wilson shows that a legal decision, whether made by justices, tribunals or juries can be wrong, both as a matter of law and as a matter of morality.
Should police officers wear cameras to clarify cases like that in Ferguson? I don’t think so.
In the Netherlands, political engagement has tempered racism and anti-migration sentiments. But it has done so at a cost.
Ferguson shows what is needed: the rejection of both an identity politics based on anti-Western ressentiment and a shallow liberal multiculturalist tolerance.
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