Intolerants not welcome

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Intolerants not welcome - The battle of Lewisham 13.08.1977

 

An anti muggers march, called by mugs who wanted to spread hate

August thirteenth in ’seventy seven, history demands we mark the date

when South East London screamed out for black and white to unite and fight,

ensuring wronguns on right would never again be so bold or bright.

 

The backward Front was in for one hell of a surprise;

they'd find Clifton was a hill up which they just couldn't rise,

So behind brown-boy hunting boys in blue, and baton wielding horsemen,

on Achilles, this most dishonourable guard wheeled to come again! 

 

But the locals stood firm, even with kids in our front ranks, 

so today, we youngers need to give it up and show some thanks

to those old boys and girls who got up, stood up, and who never come fi play -

the beating heart of Lewisham who pogo-skanked to block the way.

 

Some will tell you that we rioted,

and they are not entirely wrong

but we would not be quieted

and we faced up proud and strong

 

landing one thump 'pon fascism's glass chin;

sure, we fought with the law, but the law couldn't win

because these are OUR streets 

and this IS our home

where from the cradle we've been rocked by our beats

and mock racists, who still fear on these roads to roam.

 

See, what happened on this day is, 

as one, our people made it clear -

intolerants, listen up, unnu are not welcome here!

 

Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

77ANLBNPEDLfascismintoleranceintolerantsLewishamNational FrontPunkracismRARThe Clash NF

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Mark Mr T Thompson

Sun 13th Aug 2017 08:11

40 years ago today!

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Mark Mr T Thompson

Thu 10th Aug 2017 07:44

And here's a video...

https://youtu.be/5PmHlorbIgU

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Mark Mr T Thompson

Thu 10th Aug 2017 07:40

I'll be sharing this piece and others at "The Spirit of '77" an evening of Poetry and Song to commemorate these events tomorrow 11.08.17 at Goldsmiths (University of London).

https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=10909

And just this one at the of official unveiling of a purple plaque on the site on Sunday.

https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=10906

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