Professor Gus John

March 10, 2012

Remembering Malcolm X’s visit to Smethwick

Civil rights campaigner Malcolm X changed the course of  history when he visited the British town of Smethwick, in the West Midlands, during a period of heightened racial tension in 1965. He was invited to Marshall Street […]
March 6, 2012

Boris J. youth violence strategy: ‘sabotaged’ and ‘a shambles’

Boris Johnson’s undertaking to get to grips with knife and youth crime was one of the most welcome of his pledges during the last mayoral campaign. Since moving in to City Hall he’s put time and energy […]
February 21, 2012

British Town of Smethwick Honors Malcolm X

Smethwick is honoring Malcolm X, who died 47 years ago. The American black activist visited the British town just nine days before his assassination and helped defuse racial tensions there. In order to preserve the memory of  that […]
January 17, 2012

Justice for Stephen but racist murders continue apace

Since the late 1990s and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report, there has been the popular view that the head of the monster of racism in British society has been exposed and that the nation and its institutions […]
January 12, 2012

Police to Stop and Search Less?

The following letter was sent to the London Evening Standard on January 12th, 2012. At long last police in London have acknowledged what young people, communities and academic researchers have been saying for decades and particularly since […]
December 20, 2011

Gus John says shooting rioters is ‘dangerous’ idea

A Manchester academic has said the idea that police could lawfully shoot rioting arsonists was “very dangerous”. A review of the August riots by the Inspectorate of Constabulary has suggested firearms could “potentially” be deployed where arson […]
December 18, 2011

Gus John’s speech at the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Space

The following speech was delivered by prof. Gus John on December 18th, 2011, during the opening of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Space at Bizspace. I greet you all in Peace and with Love. Greetings to Sister Jayanti […]
November 29, 2011

Black, Asian, minority ethnic communities and inner city riots

The following speech was delivered at the “Beyond the Unrest – Community Safety & Civil Society” seminar, promoted by the BME Leadership & Engagement project, on November 29th, 2011. The subject I have been asked to address […]
November 26, 2011

Riots: The People, the State and the Media

Prof. Gus John gave the keynote address at the Media and the Riots Conference’s Big Debate event on Saturday, November 26th, 2011, at the London College of Communication. The full text of his speech: I thank Marc Wadsworth and his team for […]

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