Kelso Cochrane moved to London from Antigua in 1954, where he settled in Notting Hill and worked as a carpenter. He planned to study law and was saving money earned from his work to pay for his tuition fees.
British racists racially aggravated violence
New Cross is fundamental because it contains all the features of racism that Black people in Britain have long suffered: the racial violence, police abuse, neglect by the state; in turn, it tells us of the community’s resistance. Forty years on, recalling the events seems vital, especially in this moment of renewed optimism after the Black Lives Matter protests, because the legacies of New Cross still resonate.
Research uncovered “stories of girls as young as eight who were kidnapped and raped and infected with syphilis. Teenage girls were kept for sex and chained up at night to stop them running away.
“Death pursues the native in every place where the European sets foot.”
The prime minister doesn’t doubt that there continues to be discrimination and racism, but he would not agree that this is a racist country.
He suffered serious injuries including a broken leg, nose and cheekbone.
Avon and Somerset Police are treating the incident as racially aggravated.