By Hsiao-Hung Pai
Contributor note: ahead by way of Benjamin Zephaniah
A emerging scourge to England’s social peace and multiculturalism, the English Defence League (EDL) has violently protested opposed to Islam for the reason that its inception.
In the superbly daring Angry White People, Hsiao-Hung Pai follows a bunch of people who received stuck up within the wave of far-right road activities that begun in 2009. Pai investigated the increase of the EDL and different extremist organisations, falling in with a number of in their individuals and watching their daily lives.
Delving deep into 5 lives during this marginalized part of England’s white operating classification via learn and interviews, Pai uncovers whatever surprising—their xenophobic ideologies will not be an aberration in smooth English society, yet particularly an ever-present part that's continuously reproduced, rejuvenated, and mainstreamed via the media and political powers.
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This is what Darren said to me one evening on one of my visits. But his strong localist feelings were tested when he witnessed changes to the town that he wasn’t prepared for. Drugs have become a huge problem, across the board, in Farley Hill where Darren grew up. No matter what drugs.
When he managed to get some casual decorating work in London, he used to hide on the train to work 40 B ORN AN D BRED HERE because he couldn’t afford the train fare. Each time, he went to the toilet just as the ticket inspector came into the carriage. Sometimes he got caught, and had to plead with the ofﬁcer. One of them took pity on him and let him off several times. Darren always remembered this period of his life with a sigh – almost a sigh of relief that he had got through. He was accustomed to hardship, and never ceased to see himself as a working-class man.
Darren sounds much more a regionalist and localist than a nationalist. Originally football lads were the ﬁrst to be part of the EDL, but that soon went – it went as soon as it arrived, because it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. When it [the EDL movement] stopped being Luton, forget it for me. A lot of the [football] lads were just testing the water and seeing what it was all about. They soon left, after a couple of demos, for the same reasons that I did [see Chapter 2]. Yes, in Luton, there was the football connection [with EDL], but it wasn’t always there.