Notting Hill Carnival, Black on Black Crime & #BLM

A bank holiday in August only really means one thing.... ITS CARNIVAL!. If you didn't know every year during the August bank holiday Notting Hill Carnival begins. This massive event celebrating freedom of expression and also a reminder of the Caribbean islands many black people had left behind when coming to England.  This celebration of black culture grows every year, this year snapchat revealed some amazing numbers.

I've been to carnival three years in a row now and before that I hadn't been in years. I've always said that I don't see any arrests or any trouble when I'm at carnival.  Only this time round I saw one young man being walked off in handcuffs by some police officers. Normally I don't hear about any of the arrests or acts of violence until I'm at home recovering from all the festivities.

This post was originally going to be about people bringing up black on black crime when #Blacklivesmatter is mentioned, but Carnival tied into what I wanted to say.

Black on Black Crime

Something everyone should know is that "black on black crime" is indeed crime against black people comitted by black people, however the crimes aren't committed because of race. I think that's something people get confused about, you think these criminals are going out and saying "we can't touch him, he's black"? They're criminals, they're selfish people going around committing crimes, these boys and girls aren't stopping to think about what race anyone is.

Recently there has been some knife crimes in the UK,  there's the stabbing of a 20 year old black male in Statford park and 19 year old Andre who was sadly killed with a machete. Then the sixteen stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival.

Something I always regret doing is reading the comments. I wasn't surprised to see middle aged white men sarcastically commenting and black lives matter. It's worrying to see how many people liked and agreed with the comments. I truly believe that people are choosing to stay ignorant and racist, because several people have already explained several times what the black lives matter movement is all about. Black lives matter is about reminding people that black lives matter too, we want justice and an end to police brutality.  We all know that if you commit a crime you go to jail, so why is it that these "law enforcers" and "protectors" are allowed to kill black people and get to go home and live a normal life, whilst families are supposed to live with the fact that their loved one has been killed and there's no justice. It just suggests that there is a lack of care for black people. But we're supposed to accept this treatmentn because black people kills blacks daily.

I saw a tweet about a Hyde Park meet up, it looked like a great idea. Get young black people together to enjoy the sun and meet some new people. I didn't go but I still liked the idea of it. I finish work to find out that this meet up has turned into a riot. Again I wasn't surprised but I was extremely angry and embarrassed.

Growing up I've always tried not to be a stereotypical black girl, I'd make an conscious effort to be anything but a stereotype. From an early age as a black person you know that if one black person does something bad, we all look bad. So not only do we have to represent ourselves as individuals, but we're solely supposed to represent are intire race, even though white people don't? Ite cool.

I was angry because I couldn't help but think that 1,000 young black people were able to meet up in a matter of days just through a twitter invite and then this is what they do with that time. Apparently it started out fine, people were playing music and chilling, the music was then turned off because of complaints. A water fight started and it escalated into a fight which lead to stabbings and other injuries.

I was angry because these black people had an opportunity to do something great, they could of used the a time and that platform to connect, but instead used it to do exactly what they're expected to do. I guess I was angry because i thought about if this was organised by someone else, someone who went with better intentions and made it clear that this isn't for any one wanting to cause problems, i wish it was a event focused around connecting black people and just embracing everything great about brown skin.

Black people can't have nice things

So carnival is done which means every news channel is going to start revealing the numbers of arrests and stabbings over the two days. Now I have no problem with this, i don't believe it should be ignored however the way the media go about it is extremely worrying. There little to no coverage on it during the run up to carnival, you'll get some articles on food, what carnival is about and some fun facts. But when the media is dominated by white people i do question where their information is from. This year I noticed a large amount of white people attending the carnival, which suggests to me that it's not only an event that appeals to the Afro-Caribbean scene.

I've seen several again middle aged white mean say that carnival should be banned, due to the increase of police arrests each year, the money spent on the cleaning up and the amount of money spent by police to be at the event. I just find it funny how carnival has been going on for years, 50 years to be exact and people think that it's going to be banned now. The main reason why carnival won't be banned is because of money, do you not know how much money is gained from this event. When money is looking good, the amount of arrests and stabbings won't really affect the success of the event. these arrests and stabbings happen every year,  yet the number of people attending carnival rises, so the acts of voooence sint stopping many people from attending. If you look at it that way then you'd get why it hasn't been banned and probably never will be banned. I'm not condoning this violence at all, this is just how I feel about it all.

There's a lot of comparisons to "white events" which doesn't take a much thought t to realise the main difference. These big music festivals don't have a walk in walk out policy. If Wireless and VFestival was free and open to the public event I can guarantee there will be just as much arrests as there is at carnival. These festivals have ticket checks, metal detectors,  searches, all these procedures stop criminals from attending,  you'll get the odd few slipping in but not as much as you would with a open event. It's easy to just say ban carnival, when really people should be looking for a solution. I think carnival should definetly still be free but I think searches and metal detectors should be introduced.  This will prevent a large amount of crimes committed within the event, I think. Having all these police officers about obviously doesn't phase these criminals, so why aren't we thinking of things to do to improve the events crime rate.

Hope everyone who went to Notting Hill Carnival had a great time. If you could change one thing about carnival what would it be? 

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