About the series
Extract taken from the Essay entitled, 'THE BOISTEROUSNESS OF SILENCE: THE MARGINALIZED OF TOTTENHAM', by Professor Henry Taylor (Buffalo University).
Inz does not romanticize the harshness of “his Tottenham.” Life was a daily grind. Poverty, low-income and the precarity of work turned our world into a treadmill—you’re always running, but going nowhere. Our neighborhood was laced with race and class tensions, along with fights and bitterness. Yet, there were times when the marginalized of Tottenham turned anger and self-hatred outward. Like ancient warriors turned rebels with a cause, they fought injustice and police violence—remember the Broadwater Farm, Brixton and the Mark Duggan rebellions. In these pitch battles, the marginalize gave voice to Franz Fanon’s wretched of the earth. They did not change the world, but they did proclaim to the outsiders, “We have a right to the city.” Inz smiles reflectively. The outsiders thought our Tottenham was a hellhole, but to us it was a womb—a place of gestation. We evolved. We grew. And one day we emerged from that womb as men, women, parents, workers and guardians of the children—we were the proud, the strong, and the determined. We were/are the marginalized of Tottenham.