I am currently writing the fifth Penwinnard story, probably to be called 'Season of Storms.'
Today, I did some research into the 2011 London riots - they have a (probably small) part to play in the novel I am writing. Remember the event? Londoners must have been horrified. I am far away from London. I was utterly shocked. Civilised England, and this happens!
While most articles about it emphasised that the rioters were of all races, a few had the audacity to point out that the rioters were overwhelmingly of ethnic descent, some blatantly said 'black.'
One article that I read with interest was this one -
The vast majority of those involved were recent immigrants, some, the children of immigrants. It is said that the police were so frightened of being called racist that they were reluctant to interfere when (mostly) blacks started looting shops and burning the cars of strangers.
But as Robert Henderson points out - no problem can be solved by refusing to properly and truthfully describe it. In particular, race relations are not improved by fostering a sense of grievance in those who consider themselves the underdogs. There is no need for whites to crawl to those we are trying to help, and there is no point in emphasising and exaggerating past crimes, often 'crimes' that were committed with the best of intentions.
The following words are his.
Note that I do not agree with everything that Henderson said. Some were, if not flatly wrong, at the very least with little evidence to back the claims. And yet he has some very good points.
'He that fights for God's cause fights for himself. God needs no man's help.'
p191, 16:37 - Strive as you may to guide them, God will not guide those whom He confounds. There shall be none to help them.
In short, I am with Ayaan Hirsi Ali in thinking there is something fundamentally wrong with Islam.
The cover shown is not final, though maybe something like it will be.
And thank you to Elijah for allowing me to use his image.