Tony Blair, black gang crime and African culture in Britain
Black communities must speak out against the gang culture that leads to gun and knife crime "killing black kids", Tony Blair said yesterday, as he promised toughened laws to tackle the ring-leaders of the violence.
The Prime Minister, speaking after a series of murders of young people, said such "severe disorder" was not a symptom of a wider social problem. It was a matter of individuals who needed to be "taken out of circulation" through legislation, police work and denunciation within the culprits' own communities.
He told an audience in Cardiff that tackling violence was the "missing dimension" to an otherwise successful regeneration of Britain's cities. Delivering the Callaghan Memorial Lecture, Mr Blair said: "In respect of knife and gun gangs, the laws need to be significantly toughened.
"There needs to be an intensive police focus on these groups. The ringleaders need to be identified and taken out of circulation; if very young, as some are, put in secure accommodation.
"The black community - the vast majority of whom in these communities are decent, law-abiding people horrified at what is happening - need to be mobilised in denunciation of this gang culture that is killing innocent young black kids. But we won't stop this by pretending it isn't young black kids doing it."
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