The DFLA say they are against extremism. They focus on Islamic extremism, apparently because it is taking over our country.
I walked amongst the DFLA crowds and other than their chants to kill Muslims and other obscene generalisations about Islam & the labour party they were a friendly bunch of people who just wanted to have fun.
If I didn’t have to get back to Liverpool, I would have stayed and tried to have some conversations with them about their views because I fine-grained believe that a lot of these people feel they have been let down and marginalised by modern society. The problem is that because of this they have need someone to blame and for too long neoliberal politicians have let them down so they’ve turned to groups that they can associate with, groups that have given them someone to blame, groups that have given them a simple answer that to them makes sense.
When we talk about extremism, we identify that vulnerable people are most likely to be radicalised. That is what has happened to a lot of these people and their children are being radicalised in to these far right radicalised ideologies. The leaders of the DFLA and similar organisations do not have week thought it plans for changing society and creating a better world for everyone. Their only plans are to get rid of Muslims then just as the Tories have done, the Blacks, the Europeans, basically anyone who isn’t white and English.
Real positive change comes from building communities, supporting local businesses, protecting the earth, being open and equal to all.
Arguments online don’t change people’s minds but physical action on the streets and conversations in real life make a difference.
Before I help an elderly person across the road, I don’t ask then who they vote for. I don’t ask the parent on their own with a double pram whether they believe in open borders before I help them up the stairs and I don’t ask whether people believe in Socialism before I hold the door open for them.
By doing great things within our communities, we can hopefully help these people and their children understand that the DFLA leaders and other similar groups have no plan to actually improve the issues that are affecting the working class of our country. Those issues all stem from austerity, not immigrants, socialism or Corbyn.
The Tories don’t care who the extremists and terrorists are because they created the environment where people get radicalised or become so annoyed that they turn to terrorism and that’s a part of their plan so that while their policies oppress the working classes of society they can make themselves rich through tax cuts for the rich.
Let’s not forget that in school we were taught that the British empire was a great thing when in fact the British empire was built in Racism, slavery and capitalism, is that great? Maybe if children weren’t taught to believe that, and that the UK doesn’t have a history of destroying other countries, maybe we wouldn’t have so many calling for the empire to be rebuilt and we would have less people at these marches.
With many thanks to: Dan Lewis for the origional story.