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hose dramatic August evenings may seem like a long time ago now, but as time has passed the questions of ‘what happened’ and ‘why’ have not gone away. We are still looking through a glass darkly, but by talking and listening to different

community voices, we may begin to see more clearly. ‘Why?’ is a big question and not easily answered. Here we present the raw reactions of two contributors written not long after the events. We also interviewed Casey Rain whose Birmingham Riots blog was at the

forefront of the news. Charlie Alcock uses poetry to express his reaction to the unrest. Tariq Jahan was rightly lauded for his words following the death of his son, Haroon, in Winston Green. In the aftermath of the death and destruction he was perhaps the only shining light in those dark days.

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nce again events have occurred that have shown teenagers in a bad light. They’ve been depicted as lawless, mindless criminals that do not care about the rules. However, I think most teenagers will agree with me in saying that we are not all like that. Whilst 100-200 hooligans were running around town having the best

WORDS: Jon Lowe time of their lives, most teenagers were watching the televised carnage from home. Judging from some girls’ Facebook statuses when false reports announced that Primark had been torched – well, let’s just say it was a good job they were indoors. During the trouble outside, most teenagers were on social media

websites inside, dreaming up hilarious groups for people to join and mocking the rioters. Despite this, the message from most of the media is that all teenagers were responsible. Luckily (I hope) for teenagers across the West Midlands, I was given the privilege of arguing my case to the masses. Well, to the people that were listening to BBC WM on August 10 at 19:58.

SL Magazine Issue 3  

As the dust begins to settle from the August riots, issue 3 of SL Magazine brings together the reactions of young people in Birmingham, and...