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Racists – it’s the conference you’ve been waiting for: Populist Racism in Britain in Europe


Populist Racism in Britain in Europe since 1945 – it’s a two-day conference being held on September 22 and 23.
It’s one of the subjects close to my heart – racism. I’m as perplexed that people in fairly well-developed societies are racist as I am that Facebook repeatedly fails to delete the accounts of those making racist comments which I report.
When the University of Northampton releases their comprehensive report on the English Defence League – The EDL: Britain’s ‘New Far-Right’ Social Movement
– images taken at an EDL march in Preston last November (2010). And, yes, I did take them.


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My interest in racism comes through photography, including an interview I did with BNP leader Nick Griffin in 2008, where I have tried to highlight different forms of prejudice and the reasons behind this slightly disturbing aspect of human behaviour.
This latest report examines the EDL’s influence on far-right terrorism and extremists such as Anders Breivik the lone killer who killed almost 93 people, mostly teenagers, in Norway on July 22, 2011.


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Dr Matthew Feldman, Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History and Director of the Radicalism and New Media Research Group at The University of Northampton, says of the report: “The EDL, perhaps the best representative of a new far-right dynamic this century, uses new media to organise support and protests on the one hand, while on the other, act as a social movement rather than a traditional political party.

“These features, along with the demonisation of Muslims, are very different than the far-right parties of the past, especially those of fascism’s heyday between the wars. But for all the smoke and mirrors, the EDL may still be considered a far-right movement – and just like the past, is ultimately one that incites violence, prejudice and division in our communities. 

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“For these reasons, our report is intended not only for policy-makers and officials, but also for the wider public – so affected by the disorder brought to towns and cities across Britain as a result of EDL ‘protests’.”
Very handily, the report will be available to download for free from www.radicalism-new-media.org The conference will also be available as podcast.


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Dr Paul Jackson also launches his book Far-right.com (Searchlight’magazine’s Gerry Gable is co-editor) at the conference.
The book is looks at how British far-right groups use the internet to develop extremist policies.




NOTE: Not all the images shown here are included in the report.

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