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 in view that its inception.
In the beautifully daring Angry White People, Hsiao-Hung Pai follows a bunch of people who obtained stuck up within the wave of far-right road activities that all started in 2009. Pai investigated the increase of the EDL and different extremist businesses, falling in with a number of in their individuals and staring at their daily lives.
Delving deep into 5 lives during this marginalized part of England’s white operating classification via examine and interviews, Pai uncovers whatever surprising—their xenophobic ideologies are usually not an aberration in smooth English society, yet fairly an ever-present side that's regularly reproduced, rejuvenated, and mainstreamed through the media and political powers.
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18 B ORN AN D BRED HERE ‘I’m sorry to trouble you,’ I said politely. ’ I explained my research and asked whether he knew of the EDL. He looked puzzled and kept the door half open. ‘I’m not a member of any group,’ he said. ‘All I do is stick up for the Englishmen. ’ I asked. ’ ‘England is my castle. Do you understand? ’ He repeated the words with conviction, opening the door slightly. ‘Englishmen are the king of the castle England. ’ I asked. ’ He told me he’s been doing contract cleaning for eighteen years.
I know they’ve got a fair bit of support around here. ’ I asked. He became defensive, just like Derek. ’ He carried on: ‘When Tommy Robinson went through Bury Park in his car, a bloke came up and slapped him straight in his face. But he didn’t get up and slap him back. He’s not racist … I agree with some of the stuff they say, but I don’t want to get any feedback from the council and I don’t want to lose my job … You can’t join something like that if you work for the borough council. And I don’t want to bring trouble for my family.
Strangely, I felt alive …’ I saw for myself that social space that Darren needed so much when I joined him for the Luton versus Braintree match in April 2014. It was the biggest match he’d seen that year, attended by 32 B ORN AN D BRED HERE over 10,000 fans, who were all eagerly hoping that Luton would ﬁnally rejoin the League after ﬁve years. That day, on meeting me in front of the town hall, Darren handed me an orangeand-white Luton scarf and a T-shirt that he’d prepared for me to wear, in support of his team.
Angry White People: Coming Face-to-Face with the British Far Right by Hsiao-Hung Pai