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Roll Deep: anti-racism runs deep through this music

Issue No. 1999

Roll Deep performing last Saturday (Pic: Jasmine Worth/Love Music Hate Racism)

Roll Deep performing last Saturday (Pic: Jasmine Worth/Love Music Hate Racism)


One of the highlights of Saturday’s Love Music Hate Racism carnival against the BNP was a storming set from east London grime crew Roll Deep. They spoke to Socialist Worker about why they were standing up against racism.

“We’re a group made up of lots of different backgrounds and races. The area of east London we’re from is very cosmopolitan – we’ve always been a mixture with no barriers because of colour or creed,” said Target.

Their commitment to campaigning against the BNP isn’t a one off, Rico added. “We worked with LMHR last year around the general election and we’re back again this year.”

There has been a lot of talk in the press of white working class voters defecting en masse to the BNP, but Roll Deep disagree with this picture. “There will always be people who vote for them, but it’s not true that all white people look to them,” said Target.

“They don’t get the votes of normal white people – they get people who are racist.” Events like the LMHR carnival show that people are willing to unite and stand up against racism and fascism, he added.

Roll Deep also dismissed the notion that poverty automatically leads to racism. “There’s probably less racism in places like east London than other areas,” said Rico.

“Poverty doesn’t create racism – people are told to be racist, taught to be racist. It’s the rich white areas – that’s where you’ll find racism.”


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