The murder of Lee Rigby was and is an atrocity that should not be tolerated in this nation. It is appalling and has rightly made headlines. However, I am concerned that so many other atrocities such as this do not have the same impact. The 152 teenagers killed in knife incidents in London between 2005 and May 2013 have seen very few with the same publicity as the events in Woolwich this week. Why is that? Is it because of religious connotations, race connotations, ferocity of the attack, type of attack or a mixture of all of them? Why have we become seemingly cold to some of these things?….some only having cursory comment in the media.
How can we tolerate these things? Below is a map pinpointing the teens killed by knives since 2005 in London (just teenagers..not adults)
How do you feel seeing this? Does it stir your heart? Does it make you weep? Come on people, we need to do something! We need to pray! We need to act! This is too many lives….I, for one, want to make a difference
This book is written in three specific parts with time spent on stories from London, Manchester and Glasgow. It pulls no punches as it shares of life from the inner city gang cultures that we so often hear about in news items. The book is easy to read and follow and engages the reader by working through examples in the lives of specific individuals.
At times you are left questioning and wondering if there is any hope – this is wonderfully dispelled in the stories of Glasgow. There is hope, there are ways ahead and there are people who want to help bring change. The later edition has a short response from Gavin Knight to the riots of 2011 – this alone was challenging and worth the book price as it challenges some of the popular notions of who engaged in the riots and why.
A good, solid read – if you are involved in the inner city with young people then it will be worth spending some time with it.
“There is comfortable, middle-class economy. Then there’s the inner cities.” Gavin Knight