White Middle class kids don’t get shot in Hackney

Well according to Journalist and blogger Dave Hill, they don’t.

Agnes Sina-Inakoju was a bright promising student shot, as she stood in line at a fast food restaurant in Hoxton

I wouldn’t call myself a big fan of Dave Hill, but I occasionally read some of what he has to say.  Hill writes for the Guardian.  Actually he blogs daily in his London blog about London politics, doggedly keeping a close eye on Boris Johnson with running commentary about Boris’s every move.

A Hackney resident, he lives just up the road in Clapton, he also authors Dave Hill’s Hackney Diary, however Dave disappointed me last night when I heard him refer to his children on talk radio station LBC, as “not the sort of kids who get shot”.

He was taking part in a discussion on a show hosted by conservative blogger – turn locum radio presenter, Iain Dale, along with Oona King and Ken Livingston. The question of gang violence came up, with both King and Livingstone (mayoral hopefuls) giving their tuppence about how they would tackle it if elected Mayor of London.

I wonder if Dave Hill would like to meet and repeat that to Jahmal Mason Blair’s family or Agnes Sina-Inakoju’s grief stricken mother, who is still struggling to deal with her 16 year old daughters sensless murder last April.  A promising student at Haggerston School, who was expected to receive A’s in all her GCSE’s.  She was very active in school extracurricular activities, as well as organising various events and programs at the Crib Youth Centre.  Agnes was shot while waiting to be served at a Hoxton fast food restaurant.

She was a good girl, with ambitions which everyone who knew her, expected her to fulfil. Unfortunately she took a bullet in her neck that was meant for someone else.

Agnes was Black and lived on a council estate.  And I’m assuming Hill doesn’t think this sort or random violence can touch his family.  Listen, it’s called ‘random’ for a reason.  Agnes’s family didn’t think a random shooting would ever devastate their lives either. I was unable to reach Agnes’s mother today for a comment, but will attempt to speak to her or another family member soon.

Hill has 6 children ranging from their 20’s to school age who have attended Hackney schools.  I assume they only venture out of the house in an amoured vehicle.

The show was a debate between Oona King and Ken Livingston, so Hill’s response didn’t make a ripple amongst the host and fellow guests . Of course Dave Hill isn’t running for any political office.  Was I surprised? Not one bit. For as much as the cool hipsters, trustafarians and chattering classes of Hackney like to throw the word ‘diverse’ around, some wouldn’t know it, if it hit them in the face. It’s a trendy word, fashionable for the moment.

A good example of the indifference and disconnect is best explained by  Hackney Blogger John Eden, who commented a few months ago, after the accidental shooting of a young white man in London Fields Park.

Jonathan Richards, LBC’s News Programme Director tells me there will be a free podcast of the show (11th August).  website.

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Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned to London, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. It sometimes feels like she’s still at war with herself. This often leads her into a whole lot of trouble, although it’s fair to blame it on some of her best qualities: intelligence, original thinking, willingness to take risks, skepticism, rebelliousness, independence, and creativity. But you know what, much of the trouble she gets into is because she can’t help pointing out that the emperor is naked. Remi still lives by her own rules, nobody else’s. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell & Darcy a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix) and is proprietor of London’s finest and long established pet sitting service. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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