Is Knife Crime really a national emergency?

Is knife crime a moral panic or a social epidemic? @KojoRTE argues that instead of the current opportunistic consensus between both major parties we need a wide-ranging public discussion on the main indicators of youth violence which include household poverty, inequality and drugs policy. Knife violence is highly emotive and traumatic, whether it’s the images… Read More

We need to address the racialisation of crime and deviance | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

With recent reports showing that half of young prison inmates are from a black and minority ethnic background, Basit Mahmood argues that it’s time for a new approach other than criminalisation without addressing underlying causes A report cited by the Voice newspaper in 2011 revealed that black boys made up 40% of the prison population,… Read More

When calling the police is weaponised against Black people

Calling the police often has very different connotations for Black Americans than it does for their white counterparts: fear of death. However, as LeRon L. Barton writes, it’s control, not fear that drives that call to 911 to people who are simply “Living While Black” It’s happened yet again. When I read the story of… Read More

Is Drill Music Killing Teenagers In London?

The recent moral panic about the deaths of teenagers in London being blamed on Drill music has led to groups being banned from making music, and appearing in a video can lead to a listing in the Metropolitan police’s notorious gangs matrix. Angelo Irving asks where the blame really lies. At the start of the… Read More