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Rebellion and Riots: Reflections on Racism - 'Riots' in Liverpool, 1919-198...

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Reflections on Racism and 'Riots' in Liverpool, 1919-1980s'

With Dr Diane Frost

This year marks a hundred years since the seaport riots of 1919. In Liverpool, as in other port cities (Cardiff, Newport, Barry, Salford, Glasgow, Hull, London), Black sailors were the targets of vicious racist attacks by white workers for allegedly ‘taking jobs, houses and women’, resulting in at least one fatality (Charles Wootton). Arab seamen in South Shields endured similar attacks. Sixty years later in 1981 and 1985, Liverpool would again be the scene of unrest, this time caused by the racist and violent policing of Liverpool’s Black community. Unlike in 1919, the 1980s unrest would see both Black and White confronting police violence together. This talk will explore how race and racism played out in each of these ‘riots’ and consider the role that Black and working class resistance played here.

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