Appearance and prejudice

“I’ve been attacked for political reasons – by West Indians who, like everyone else, have been mugged into thinking that all geezers with long hair are commies and all skinheads are fascists. In fact, we’ve got a lot in common with blacks. We both get police pressure, we both get spat on, we can’t get jobs, and we get kicked out of places. Except they have a colour they can never change, and we’ve got an appearance that we can change. The strongest thing to be is male, white, middle class and normal looking, isn’t it? Cause you’ve got it all then.” – ‘Deptford’ John Armitage, 1982