By Hsiao-Hung Pai
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A emerging scourge to England’s social peace and multiculturalism, the English Defence League (EDL) has violently protested opposed to Islam in view that its inception.
In the superbly daring Angry White People, Hsiao-Hung Pai follows a bunch of people who received stuck up within the wave of far-right road hobbies that started in 2009. Pai investigated the increase of the EDL and different extremist firms, falling in with numerous in their individuals and looking at their daily lives.
Delving deep into 5 lives during this marginalized portion of England’s white operating type via examine and interviews, Pai uncovers anything surprising—their xenophobic ideologies are usually not an aberration in glossy English society, yet really an ever-present aspect that's consistently reproduced, rejuvenated, and mainstreamed through the media and political powers.
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As it turned out, St Margaret’s Club, an Irish pub, has a very different clientele to the Parrot. They are all Irish Catholics, and ﬁnd far-right politics alien and distasteful. The mere mention of the word ‘EDL’ seemed to surprise the three customers who were drinking at the bar. Unanimously, they called the group racist. 23 ANGRY WHIT E PEOPLE ‘Tommy Robinson is a wanker,’ one of them said, making the others laugh. ‘When I saw their leaﬂets through my door, I just felt disgusted. I wouldn’t even bother to read through it.
Looking back, he realized that, in the past, individual working-class people were never afraid to stand up and have a say. We used to spend a lot of our time in the Luton Labour Club, men and women, talking and debating about what went on in politics and society … We’d had that since the 1970s and all the way to the 1980s … There was very much a community spirit back then. We had the Toxteth riot of 1981 … We had the miners having a say … At the Luton Labour Club, the miners used to come in and collect …’ But it’s been different since.
The original Casuals [which defeated the NF] were just geezers, of all ethnic backgrounds. But these boys, the Casuals [United], they’re braindeads, aligned to the political far right. They are not even at football. They’re only Casuals in name but not by nature. They’re tricking young minds with their name. Darren sounds much more a regionalist and localist than a nationalist. Originally football lads were the ﬁrst to be part of the EDL, but that soon went – it went as soon as it arrived, because it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
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