Strangers Side by Side

It's hard to dissect a riot. a sudden eruption of anger and violence doesn't lend itself to tidy packaging. But last week, the people of Bradford were struggling to make sense of frightening scenes when hundreds of youths of Pakistani descent injured over 200 police officers and torched white-owned businesses in a predominantly Pakistani neighborhood. Those who run the city seemed shell-shocked. Was this a "simple" race riot expressing (however illegally) frustration at segregation and police harassment and unemployment? Or a bunch of thugs pumped up on testosterone and booze? Or drug dealers getting back at police? Or a master plan...

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