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ENOCH POWELL SUBJECT OF FROW LECTURE IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 15th April 2018

REFLECTING ON POWELL

In The Shadow of Enoch Powell: Race, Class and Resistance
Saturday 12th May 2pm
Old Fire Station, The Crescent. Free

Fifty years on from Enoch Powell's infamous 'rivers of blood' speech, Shirin Hirsch, Research Fellow in History at the University of Wolverhampton will deliver this year's Frow Lecture, reflecting on its impact and how to tackle racism in the present day.

Full details here.... 


It's fifty years since Enoch Powell's provocative and racist speech, rattling on about how black immigration would cause 'rivers of blood' on British streets.

Powell, then the Tory shadow Defence Secretary, delivered his waffling tirade in Birmingham, and, in this year's Frow Lecture, Shirin Hirsch, Research Fellow in History at the University of Wolverhampton, will be tracing the impact of the speech within Powell's Wolverhampton constituency...

She will be "looking at the ways in which racism was both absorbed and challenged by working class people" states a spokesperson for the Working Class Movement Library, co-founded by anti-racist Ruth Frow in whose honour the annual lecture is held.

"At a time when Enoch Powell is back on the political agenda with new attempts to rehabilitate him, the lecture will reflect on memories of the speech and on how we can organise against the growing racism of the present day" they add.

Within 24 hours of Powell's speech, he was sacked from the shadow Cabinet by Ted Heath, who labelled it "racialist in tone and liable to exacerbate racial tensions", while the Daily Mirror wrote it was "bursting at the seams with demagogic distortion ...inflammatory, bigoted and irresponsible...". 

With Powell-loving 'politicians' like Nigel Farage still polluting the scene, this year's Frow Lecture is right for the moment.

In The Shadow of Enoch Powell: Race, Class and Resistance
Ruth Frow Lecture
Saturday 12th May 2pm
Old Fire Station, The Crescent.

Free

For further details see the Working Class Movement Library Facebook event page - click here

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 9:31:50 AM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The thing to grasp about Powell's Rivers of Blood Speech was that it was designed to undermme Edward Heath's leadership of the Tory Party! Since 1968, from "being swamped by immigrants" to the current Windrush Scandal,resorting to blatant racism has been standard Tory practice.
 
Alice wrote
at 11:39:47 AM on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
At the time of this speech I was living in Dudley, next town to Wolverhampton. I was teaching young people aged 16 up, some of which were of Indian and West Indian origin. Their parents were part of the invited immigrants, who worked to restore this country after the war. We needed them for all the public services. Plus they had faught with us in the war. This speech created terrible distress amongst my students, inciting discrimination, confusion and unkindness, where previously there had been only genuine interest and friendship. We must always be aware of the ignorance which motivates such racist dialogue. We need each other, whatever the race or culture. Having, since that time, worked with the black community in South Africa and received a blood transfusion from an Indian in a SriLanka where I was saved from dying, I count amongst my friends people of many races. We should judge people by their behaviour not their colour or their race.
 
white wrote
at 11:39:25 AM on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
An Grundy asks; “Did anybody listen?” I’m afraid the answer is; Yes! Lots did. And if you read through the comments sections of the on-line newspapers you will find that there are still many people with the same agenda.
 
Ann Grundy wrote
at 6:21:27 AM on Monday, April 16, 2018
Did anybody listen
 
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