[Marxism] BBC racist interviews Darcus Howe

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 9 08:09:04 MDT 2011


 From the Wiki on Howe:

Howe was born in Trinidad and Tobago, the son of an Anglican 
priest. He left Trinidad for London aged 18[1] to enter the legal 
profession at Middle Temple, but he swapped the law for 
journalism. He returned to Trinidad, where his uncle and mentor, 
radical intellectual CLR James, inspired Howe to combine writing 
with political activism. A brief spell as assistant editor on the 
Trinidad trade union paper The Vanguard was followed by return to 
Britain as editor of British magazine Race Today.

He became a member of the British Black Panther Movement, and in 
August 1970, following a protest, Howe was arrested and tried for 
riot, affray and assault. He was acquitted after a trial at the 
Old Bailey. Later, he was the editor of the magazine Race Today 
and was imprisoned for three months for assaulting a police 
officer. The celebration following his release was recalled in the 
song Man Free by poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. The central lines of 
the song describe Howe’s legal fight: “I stand up in the court 
like a mighty lion, I stand up in the court like man of iron, 
Darcus out of jail, Shabba!”.

Howe organised the 20,000 strong Black People’s March 1981 
claiming official neglect and inefficient policing of the 
investigation of New Cross Fire in which 13 black teenagers died.

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