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Review of Akala’s ‘Natives. Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire.’ July 2019

Anti-Semitism and National Socialism: Notes on the German Reaction to Holocaust

Moishe Postone's 1986 essay on the development and importance of anti-Semitism to the Nazi party. And the short comings of many previous attempts to grapple with it, particularly from a left perspective.

1974: The Brockwell 3

Account of student protests against the assault and arrest of three Black youths in 1970s Brixton.

Enoch Powell: the New Right (1970) - Tom Nairn

Smithfield meat packers strike for Powell - London, 1968.

An assessment of Powell's patriotism and racism and its influence within the politics of his time.

The 'Polynesian Panthers' and 'The Black Power' Gang: Surviving racism and colonialism in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Nich Shilliam's academic analysis of white supremacy, black power and the historical activities of both the 'Polynesian Panthers' and 'The Black Power' Gang in New Zealand.

1958 Notting Hill race riots

1958 Notting Hill race riots.

Ron Ramdin's history on the 1958 Notting Hill 'race riots', which saw mass racial violence last for several days over a wide area of West London as groups of white people, often Teddy Boys or individuals linked to far-right organisations, would attack black individuals as they walked through the streets or sometimes even at their homes.

1958 Nottingham race riots

Local newspaper covering the 1958 Nottingham race riots.

Ron Ramdin's short history on the 1958 Nottingham race riots, in which over a thousand white people took part in mass racist violence against local West Indians. The violence in Nottingham would act as a prelude for an even more serious and widespread outbreak of violence in Notting Hill, West London, less than a week later.

Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence

Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence.

Anandi Ramamurthy's history of the Bradford 12 trial, in which twelve members of the United Black Youth League were arrested on conspiracy charges for preparing to defend their community from fascists. Ramamurthy places the trial in the context of the urban riots which swept Britain in the summer of 1981 as well as detailing the solidarity campaign, their bold legal defence and eventual acquittal.

Emerging conflicts in the Asian Youth Movements

United Black Youth League, Bradford.

Anandi Ramamurthy analyses the emerging divisions within the Asian Youth Movements around the issue of state funding. One faction opted to accept and was slowly absorbed into the functioning of the local state apparatus as individuals made careers for themselves in the Labour Party. Meanwhile, the other faction split off to form the United Black Youth League, opting instead for a more militant path.