Cuts and Crime

Media narratives on the knife crime epidemic ignore the social conditions behind the headlines.

Forensics teams work at the scene of a stabbing in Edmonton on 31 March 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Taylor / Getty Images.)

There were 39,818 knife crime offences in the twelve months ending in September last year. The media has been quick to put a face to this epidemic: young, black, and male, with hoods up and drill music blasting from a blacked-out Benz. This is not incidental, the African-Caribbean community has long been cast as the […]

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