He summed up the inherent racism in the system directed at the black population and how it works to discriminate and criminalise.
In the 1980s there was a lot of racism in Britain. We had attacks on the Black community by the National Front, riots in Brixton and harassment by the police.
Black youths would be systematically picked up by the police, insulted and treated poorly. It caused a seething anger and distrust of the establishment. The Sus laws have since been scrapped. Nobody can be arrested on suspicion anymore. There has to be good grounds. Tensions have eased and racism has found new targets.
Linton Kwesi Johnson was a giant of a poet. He set out the song in the form of a letter home to his mother in Jamaica. He summarised the problem in these brilliant words:
Sonny’s Lettah (Anti-Sus poem)
From Brixton Prison, Jebb Avenue London S. W. 2 Inglan
I hope that when these few lines reach you they may
Find you in the…
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