like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
like a heavy load.
The growing level of discontent and anger remain largely unrecognised by the both press and politicians leaving some of Britain’s poorest most diverse cities smouldering tinder boxes of explosive rage. That anger has been directed internally with a rising level of violence that sees babies killing babies, black women suffering domestic violence and the sexual abuse of young girls, As poverty tightens its grip so will these evils intensify as communities are crushed under the burden of ideological austerity that favours the rich and racism that favours whites.
Such is their lack of vision that our representatives in Parliament or the House of Lords have never ever had a collective discussion much less agree on a cross party strategy for race equality.
Why for example, do we not have a Parliamentary Black Caucus for Black and ethnic minority. Its not as though the issues are not urgent and pressing. This Government is pushing back all the gains we made in the last 30 years back and yet still no leadership from Parliament - we have to ask ourselves why is that?
The answer is that most are more concerned with their own careers rather that as the late Bernie Grant MP did or indeed Diane Abbott MP does today speak out and lead on the critical issues of the day. Most are so concerned at not being seen as black in a misguided attempt to ingratiate themselves with their political masters that they are literally frightened of their own dark shadow and tend not to stand in the sun.
Seriously though in such perilous times we have to aks why MP's and members of the Lords who do want to work together on race issues on which they share a consensus not form a Parliamentary Black Caucus that could champion our cause for equality ?
Add to this that there is no forum for Black Christian and Muslim dialogue on race and faith equality. We remain dived separate and weak as a result of a stunning lack of vision given our obvious electoral power. If we could get together and agree on some basic demands we could make much better progress working together . At the moment we are alienated from each other and as a consequence are weakened in our attempts to get justice. If religious bodies were to come together we could transform British society for the benefit of all.