Angry White People: Coming Face-to-Face with the British Far by Hsiao-Hung Pai

By Hsiao-Hung Pai

Contributor note: ahead through Benjamin Zephaniah

A emerging scourge to England’s social peace and multiculturalism, the English Defence League (EDL) has violently protested opposed to Islam due to the fact that its inception.

In the superbly daring Angry White People, Hsiao-Hung Pai follows a bunch of people who bought 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 numerous in their contributors and looking at their day by day lives. 
Delving deep into 5 lives during this marginalized portion of England’s white operating type via study and interviews, Pai uncovers anything surprising—their xenophobic ideologies will not be an aberration in glossy English society, yet particularly an ever-present part that's constantly reproduced, rejuvenated, and mainstreamed by means of the media and political powers.

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I’d never heard the term. ‘Yes,’ he said, frowning. ’ ‘Yes, foreigners,’ he repeated anxiously, looking into the distance with his vacant blue eyes, repeating the word ‘foreigners’, as if he had forgotten that I wasn’t a local. ‘We’re losing our own culture here. Our culture is being submerged and I feel I’m being treated like a second-class citizen in my own country. ’ I asked gently. ’ He became a little nervous. ’ I asked. ’ ‘Mainly from eastern Europe. ’ I confirmed. Derek nodded, but added that it was the Muslims in the neighbourhood that he really has problems with.

He football ground is situated in the middle of Bury Park, T the part of Luton with the highest concentration of British Asians. It felt a little awkward to be walking through this neighbourhood with a huge crowd of Luton football fans, especially as I knew I didn’t look part of the scene. But Darren carried on talking 34 B ORN AN D BRED HERE to me in a relaxed manner as we walked through the streets. He described the old days when he used to come down here. ‘When I was a kid, I used to come here for the only chicken shop in Luton, for some chicken and chips type of thing.

I wondered how Darren, centrally involved in Luton’s football scene, sees the link between Luton’s football fan base and the EDL. For instance, Casuals United is part of the EDL 44 B ORN AN D BRED HERE and calls itself ‘uniting UK’s football tribes against the Jihadists’. Darren told me that Casuals United has nothing to do with the original Casuals who fought the NF. They are in fact two different groups. He said: In Luton, there isn’t that necessary connection between football and groups like the EDL.

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