2 days ain’t enough time to organise no revolution. 2 days ain’t enough space between before and after to hear the roar of a riot en route. 2 days proper ain’t enough, especially not to heal. Hence we can barely distinguish the moment between their gunshot and the beat of their baton.
011’s riots was my political awakening. I did not know this as I curled on my living room couch, watching my country incinerate into itself on BBC News, because of something that had happened 10 minutes from where I was. I was 12 years old, also unaware of how the one-eyed monster was trying to warn me against becoming what it already thought I was; trying to scare me in an attempt to pacify me, lest my emotions align with my actions one day and I wile out on this system.
I couldn’t hear the crackling of the carpet shops pirouetting in Tottenham flame then Croydon. The people shouting and throwing things at feds in real life on TV sounded dull and distorted like underwater speech. The streets was probably mad tense with elastic silence, in between outbursts of road rage in the realist sense. Yutes took wipes to the face of social order and revealed it as a deception, but the beast weren’t scary to all of us. Cameras coming down to ave a lookie at what agwan in our grimy gutters couldn’t even cover our shit properly. Dutty news outlets cared more for the costs of the damages over the causes. Obviously, paper and pride is more valuable than vitriolic noize against the mash up mechanics of an oppressive society init.
My rage and your rage could create constellations, but you should hold your horses because... It’s hard out here. Suppressed your whole life and you only wake up to it when you’re already accustomed to the ceilings, borders, parameters. Everyday chasing paper, but it only carries you over when you wanna get out. We don’t have time to question what we kill ourselves to survive for, but let any authorities try threaten that survival and see if karma don’t come kick dem inna dem face.
Don’t invalidate insurrections, even if they are opportunistic. Congratulate rioters for actually screaming. No say we been burning in Babylon for this long and just taking it. The gods did not breathe life into us for us to struggle widdit. Youslots who’s all preaching these days about how we should fight fire with fire yeah, I hope you didn't try silence the tracksuits intimidating the shields that summer. I hope you didn’t cuss them for running the roads, instead of walking to stand outside buildings them just don’t feel is for them. Where you wiggle your toes inside to try make the shoe fit, them man just tek it apart and rework it. You see the destructions and eruptions and run run run from the lava pouring, like say it’s not tryna make the land all fertile for the flowerdem again.
This motion of trapped, surviving, threatened, burning and back ain’t nothing new to nature or history. This is the order and trauma they tried to dead that summer, but the expression got confused and misdirected and diluted. As much as it is dismissed as being stupid and self-destructive, unproductive and whatnot, nuff man don’t take the facts of the matter serious enough when we ought to: man took flame to their yards, brick to shop glass, dashed words and badness back at their so-called protectors. We became the elements, disassociated from fictional concepts of reality. The invisible man embraced his form. Filled it out and you felt it.
August sixth to eleventh oh eleven is home to a lickle revolution. It will only be pointless if the peopledem forget it. That in itself is impossible though, cah our bodies got memories. Our skins is soaked in brutality everyday. Something will ignite us again and Babylon will burn if it’s not careful, how ya mean? The sun is due to implode my g. We due to create constellations.
It’s bait though. They don’t want us to light up the sky the way we was born to, yet they fear that we will and do not know when. They wait and hope they can contain our flames this time, when we try buss through all the bullshit for the final. They merked Mark Duggan but that didn’t bring PC Blakelock back, so who’s next? Maybe there will be extra time. Maybe we will progress to penalties. But true say this match was destined to drag on for more than just 2 days.