I’ve been listening, watching, and studying English/United Kingdom culture all my life and so I feel as though I might have something to say about the recent London riots, and subsequent uprising around the rest of the Island.
American culture has taken a vast amount of cues from British behavior. Amongst other cultural things, music from the UK comes quickly across the pond and is instantly imitated by countless American bands. We are very good at copying the “old country.”
So, the question then becomes: Will American youth look at this English violence with disdain or sympathy? Watch this BBC clip for perhaps the most telling thing about the riots, which is: The kids were warning their elders that it would happen.
London’s mess should already be a warning to us in the US. If you think we’re immune from such violence then you would be sadly mistaken. But violence is always a choice and this is a chance for us to grow up as a country. We’ve been one of the most violent empires in all of history for long enough. It’s time we put down our weapons, withdraw from other’s lands and focus on our own problems here.
England is in the same economic crisis that we are in, and they are responding with justifiable outrage. What will we do? How can we respond? I maintain that we need a Jubilee Year.
This song is prophetic.