These Are Real Race Riots, the First since the 1950s

By howe, Darcus | New Statesman (1996), June 4, 2001 | Go to article overview

These Are Real Race Riots, the First since the 1950s


howe, Darcus, New Statesman (1996)


As-salaam aleikum, readers. This Muslim greeting should make it clear that we are returning to Oldham and the issues at large there.

Let me describe the town in its basic outline. The population is divided broadly between generations of white Oldham, the third generation of Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshis, and a community of West Indians that could fit easily into a teacup. The three groups used to be disciplined, unified and organised within the textile mills that thrived in days of yore.

All that is at an end. The nimble fingers of the Far East, to say nothing of cheap labour, have attracted production away from places such as Oldham.

Now that the basis of the society has fallen apart, the population is thrown into indiscipline, disorganisation and disunity. The mills have disappeared, but there is nothing to replace them. Local leaders have spoken about regeneration funds. But only a political nut would suggest that a few pieces of silver can replace a mighty industry. This is the situation in several northern towns, where thousands of workers have been displaced into the dark hole of poverty.

Two years ago, I visited Oldham and broke the story of potential racial conflict there. The civic leaders abused me in their reply to the New Statesman.

You see, I had interviewed only white workers. For the first time in this country, I had seen people who fitted the American description "white trash". Their homes had a stench of decay: of damp, sweat and stale food cooked days before. The little picket fences were collapsing. The roofs were leaking, and pallid faces staring. I interviewed a young man, tall and emaciated, and he described the constant fear of physical harassment by Asians. His sister was a heroin addict, a prostitute with a Pakistani pimp.

His elder brother, he said, remembers a time when most whites engaged in Pakibashing; they were hostile to their "funny religion", which, to whites, was a lot of mumbo-jumbo. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

These Are Real Race Riots, the First since the 1950s
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.