I had business in London Borough of Newham today - the area served by Stratford and Plaistow Stations.
Ethnically very mixed, but certain sections not keen to mix more.
These are a sample of the adverts for accomodation available in three newsagents/general stores in Plaistow High Street and Stratford Broadway. I have croppped them and hidden the telephone numbers but retain the full sized and untouched originals.
Whenever racism crops up as a topic of conversation among the chattering classes someone may mention the phrase used by Johnny Lydon (Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) and Lord Taylor of Warwick the most senior black politician as the title of their respective biographies "No blacks, No Dogs, No Irish". This, it is claimed, was the sign placed in the windows of racist landladies in the 1950s and 1960s. But while there was racism then I never saw such a sign myself, nor have I met anyone who did. It was always someone's mother, or cousin, who saw it, or something similar in London, or Birmingham or Liverpool. The photgraphic eveidence is always the same photograph used in Johnny Lydon's book which has found its way onto all the Hope not Hate and Stop the BNP websites. I am not the only person who believes this to be an urban myth.
Two wrongs do not make a right, of course. But can you imagine an advert for a bedsit saying only English girls need apply? Only Welsh boys will be welcome? There would be a furore.
Hope not Hate would picket the shop. Questions would be asked in Parliament.
Stop the BNP would be phoning the number in relays t express their displeasure.
And before you say, "but these are shared facilities" the facilities were nearly always shared in working class homes in the 50s and 60s.
Photographs E Weatherwax - LB Newham 31 December 2009
well mr. trevor phillips o.b.e. ( only blacks exempt ) , where are the race gestapo now .