Please suggest some points I can use to support the idea that the London riots were caused by inequality.I will argue that "The inequality between the rich and the poor is the problem" (Why it...

Please suggest some points I can use to support the idea that the London riots were caused by inequality.

I will argue that "The inequality between the rich and the poor is the problem" (Why it happened). This is just my point of view. So I'm wondering if someone could help me with some points that I can talk about support my contention? Just some ideas is all I'm asking. Thank you.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Perhaps the best way to make this argument is by looking at the immediate cause of the riots and at the locations in which the bulk of the rioting took place.

The immediate cause of the riots was, of course, the police shooting of Mark Duggan.  Duggan was from a lower-class background.  The fact that the shooting of such a person was the immediate cause of the riots implies that the distinctions between classes and the treatment of the lower classes was a major factor in the riots.  In addition, the fact that much of the rioting took place in relatively poor areas such as Brixton can be used to infer that it was mainly lower class people who participated in the rioting.

So, to argue that inequality caused the riots, you can point to the immediate cause of the riots and the location of much of the rioting.

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lorenpreuss | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Another consideration is from a story in the August 22-29 edition of NEWSWEEK magazine, in which a former MP argues that the riots were primarily the work of bored teenagers. This would not necessarily fully support the thesis that inequality caused the riots.

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