This year I went to Notting Hill Carnival with some hesitation after reading the article in the Independent on the appropriation of black culture. The Carnival first started after the murder of an Antiguan immigrant Kelso Cochrane in 1959 which spurred the creation of the biggest street festival in Europe.
However, it seems that “Some people would like to enjoy African-Caribbean culture – just without African-Caribbean people.” as expressed by poet Akala. We ought not to forget the roots of the Carnival instead of having it become another thing that is totally gentrified in London (i.e. Shoreditch *eye roll*). The Carnival is about celebrating BME culture and not about catering to British revellers.
To be honest, I was even less pleased to find out that the police were using super-face recognition technology in a crime crackdown. What is this, the U.S.? Survellience state much?
I took some snaps of the street festivities (just in case you missed it) for its 50 year anniversary! #FuckGentrification