Britain’s black power movement is being written out of recent cultural history
because it does not fit into the “utopian” narrative of the UK being a nation of civilised fair play, a new book argues.
"If that is your narrative of British history then there can be no need for a black rights movement," said Bunce. "Any black person who says they are being discriminated against is clearly just making it up, because the British are just so fair.”
The book says Britain’s black power movement was galvanised into existence by what was happening in the US and by speeches made at the Roundhouse in north London in 1967 by Stokely Carmichael. “From that point onwards you get this explosion of black power happening in Britain,” said Bunce.