- published in Solidarity 564
British courts’ application of ‘joint enterprise’ is unjust, and criminalises black and working-class youth.
‘Joint enterprise’ is a common-law doctrine that allows courts to convict not only the person who carried out a crime, but others who helped them to do it. In principle, that sounds reasonable. But since 1984, British courts have used it to convict people who they think knew the crime was going to happen, even if they did not help carry it out.
A TUC report, Dying on the job: racism and risk at work, has revealed the deep-seated racism that underlies the higher impact of Covid-19 on black and minority ethnic (BME) people, but its proposals fall well short of what is needed.
In the early days of the pandemic, it became clear that BME people were dying at a significantly greater rate. Compared with white people, black people are more than four times as likely to die from Covid-19, Bangladeshi and Pakistani people more than one-and-a-half times as likely.
"When the looting starts,
the shooting starts."
But when did the executing start?
When did the racist recruiting start?
And when will the prosecuting start?
That will be when the suits will start
elocuting and refuting parts,
disputing and diluting parts
and polluting hearts
Janine Booth interviews musician Rhoda Dakar, who talks about Two-Tone, policing, the centrality of class and much much more! Read the full text of the interview here.
Rhoda was in The Bodysnatchers and The Special AKA, and performed in "Free Nelson Mandela"
Rhoda Dakar's latest single is Stand Together.
PJ aka the Repeat Beat Poet, is a hip hop and spoken word artist, and an activist. He spoke to Janine Booth, a trade unionist, Workers' Liberty activist, and poet about George Floyd Protest, police, fighting racism, and more.
When my team lost to a goal in the last five minutes of the match from a free kick that should never have been given and got relegated and my face went down with them, you didn't tell me that all football clubs matter.
on the top
of the head
of the cop
with his knee
on the neck
of the man
on the floor
by the pass-
Who said please
I can't breathe
and who called
for his mum
bore the knee
and the weight
and the hate
of the cop