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Q & A Session: Knife Crime: Why Do Our Children Have To Die?!

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Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Road

London

E1 6LA

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Knife Crime: Why Do Our Children Have To Die?!

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Knife crime has increased across England and Wales by 22 per cent, compared with last year, while London’s murder rate has risen by nearly 40 per cent in three years.

Various explanations are offered for this rise. But most of them assume young black and Asian men – who are more likely to be both the victims and perpetrators of such attacks – are effectively a "feral underclass". Some argue that the police need to be given stronger powers to lock up perpetrators for as long as possible. Apparently, a whole section of society can be locked up and written off.

Another explanation is austerity. Commentators are seriously blaming the violence on cuts to youth services and the closure of youth clubs. This is arguably the most racist explanation of all. It suggests that young black and Asian men need the soft supervision of the state to guide them away from violent crime.

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35-47 Bethnal Green Road

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E1 6LA

United Kingdom

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