I have a dream that one day … little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.… With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.” So said Martin Luther King in his famous “dream” speech in Washington, D.C., not long before his assassination. His dream lives on. It needs to be dreamed not only in the United States, and in Southern Africa, but in Britain as well.
Britain has now suffered 20 years of racial tension, beginning in 1958 when racial violence erupted in Notting Hill (London) and in Nottingham. There followed a decade in which four Commonwealth Immigration Acts were passed. These made Christians ashamed not because they limited immigration (which every country must do) but because the legislation was weighted against colored immigrants. Meanwhile, Mr. Enoch Powell, M.P., was fomenting racial tension by emotive speeches about “watching the nation heaping up its own funeral pyre” and about Britons “becoming strangers in their own country.” Then some measure of justice was secured for racial minorities by two Race Relations Acts (1968 and 1976), since the first created a board to hear complaints and promote reconciliation, while the second created a “Commission for Racial Equality” that put teeth into the enforcement of the law.
But in 1967 the National Front, a coalition of the extreme right, came into being. Its policy is to stop immigration, promote repatriation, and fight communism. Its leaders had all been involved previously in Nazi activities and were ardent admirers of Hitler. Colin Jordan said in 1959, “I loathe the Blacks—we’re fighting a war to clear them out ...1
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