"Kill The Black One First"

"Kill The Black One First"A Story About Race, Identity, Belonging And Displacement, Kill The Black One First Is The Memoir From Michael Fuller Britain S First Ever Black Chief Constable, Whose Life And Career Is Not Only A Stark Representation Of Race Relations In The UK, But Also A Unique Morality Tale Of How Humanity Deals With Life S InjusticesMichael Fuller Was Born To Windrush Generation Jamaican Immigrants In , And Experienced A Meteoric Career In Policing, From The Beat To The Brixton Inferno, Through Cutting Edge Detective Work To The Frontline Of Drug Related Crime And Violence On London S Most Volatile Estates He Took A Pivotal Role In The Formation Of Operation Trident, Which Tackled Gun Crime And Gang Warfare In The London Community, And Was Later Appointed As Chief Constable Of Kent Kill The Black One First Is A Raw And Unflinching Account Of A Life In Policing During A Tumultuous Period Of Race Relations Throughout The UK The title of Michael Fuller s memoir Kill the Black One First is a startling statement as it s meant to be This was something which was shouted by the public while he was the sole black police officer in a group of white officers trying to keep the peace during the Brixton riots in 1981 an infamous confrontation amidst racial tension between police and protesters in South London that led to many injuries and widespread destruction The phrase epitomises the dire dilemma Fuller found himse The title of Michael Fuller s memoir Kill the Black One First is a startling statement as it s meant to be This was something which was shouted by the public while he was the sole black police officer in a group of white officers trying to keep the peace during the Brixton riots in 1981 an infamous confrontation amidst racial tension between police and protesters in South London that led to many injuries and widespread destruction The phrase epitomises the dire dilemma Fuller found himself in for much of his life working for the Metropolitan Police where he was often subjected to racism from within the predominantly white police force on one side and suspicious anger from sections of the black community who labelled him coconut on the other Fuller recounts his life from his beginning growing up in a care home in the 1960s to eventually being appointed the first black chief constable in the UK in 2004 This is the story of a diligent, bright and sensitive individual who cares passionately about justice Being a good conscientious police officer was his primary motivation in life But, because of the colour of his skin, he faced innumerable obstacles which would have deterred many from pursuing this profession or abandoning it Fuller highlights how few black police officers made a career at the Met due to feeling so isolated His journey is utterly inspiring and it powerfully illuminates the dynamics of racial conflict in England over the past fifty years from someone who was in a very unique position Read my full review of Kill the Black One First by Michael Fuller on LonesomeReader 4 But judging someone by their colour is injustice and, instead of dealing with it, some of my fellow officers perpetuated it.This is an account of Michael Fuller, who also wrote the book, documenting his childhood and his time being a policeman for over 35 years He explores his childhood at a children s home and how the woman who worked there, Auntie Margaret, was a strong force in developing the man he is today He also notes how he had solved a few crimes in childhood and how this inspire 4 But judging someone by their colour is injustice and, instead of dealing with it, some of my fellow officers perpetuated it.This is an account of Michael Fuller, who also wrote the book, documenting his childhood and his time being a policeman for over 35 years He explores his childhood at a children s home and how the woman who worked there, Auntie Margaret, was a strong force in developing the man he is today He also notes how he had solved a few crimes in childhood and how this inspired his dream to become a police officer At 16 Michael joined the police cadets and worked his way up to the Chief Constable of Kent and was appointed as Her Majesty s Chief Investigator at the CPS and Serious Fraud Office His determination to achieve is seen though out the entire book.A big determining factor of this book was the exploration of race relations in the UK Michael Fuller is black and as he found out through childhood and working for the police, the racism perpetuated by those in the police force and tensions between police officers and black members of the community, lead to feelings of isolation and feeling minor An example is the casual dropping of coons in conversations among white officers, and targeting black boys and men with stop and search procedures One of the things Michael did to overcome this was to be a founding chairman of the Black and Asian Police Association, where people of colour from the police force could come together and discuss conflicts they had faced due to their colour.While Michael was on the police force the Macpherson report was released investigating the murder and police procedure into the Stephen Lawrence murder This confirmed to Michael and other officers who were POC that there is institutional racism in the police force, they were witnesses to it and experienced racism many times but were told they were being too sensitive if they decided to report it The inquiry not only caused outrage by the British public when it was released but also confirmed to Michael and others what they already knew institutional racism exists and was a huge problem within the police force Overall, this book explored the tumultuous period of race relations in the UK and how it continually is shifting It gives a glimpse into the racism experienced as a black police officer Throughout this book it shows Michael s determination and human spirit to carry on and not break in the face of prejudice, race hate and cultural barriers Well, this is quite some book At a headline level it is the autobiography of Mike Fuller, Britain s first Black Chief Constable So potentially a story of black lad does good but it is so muchthan that trite view Yes Mike Fuller is black and yes he does do very well indeed This is the story of his journey, those that influenced him and in turn those that he himself influenced in a long and distinguished career.The book is dedicated to Margaret Hurst, in charge of the children s home t Well, this is quite some book At a headline level it is the autobiography of Mike Fuller, Britain s first Black Chief Constable So potentially a story of black lad does good but it is so muchthan that trite view Yes Mike Fuller is black and yes he does do very well indeed This is the story of his journey, those that influenced him and in turn those that he himself influenced in a long and distinguished career.The book is dedicated to Margaret Hurst, in charge of the children s home that he grew up in and she does come over as an astonishing young lady, sadly dying in her 30 s but not before changing the lives of those in her care Wisdom beyond her years set Mike Fuller on a path of wanting to be the best and with an intelligent and inquisitive nature He joined the Metropolitan Police Cadets and then became a full PC working the streets of London This started a career that ended up with him in the top job Along the way he had to deal with the racism of his colleagues and the challenges of the job itself This is not a boastful book, it pegs the attitudes of a time and a place but also shows that improvement has been made with regard to race and attitude.As an aside, my Dad and his partner lived next door to the Fullers in South West London for many years, although I never met him during my visits, I assume he was very busy keeping the people of Kent safe.So this is an interesting and moving book on many levels, in my opinion this was written less as an autobiography andas a tribute and in memory of Margaret Hurst She would have been beyond proud Brilliant and thought provoking memoir of a black police officer in London during the blackest part of the racial intolerance scandals Kill the Black One First was a phrase shouted by rioters at Brixton as the police officers formed a barrier to control them Michael Fuller selected it as the title for his memoir of life in isolation Brought up in care, the only black kid the bright boy in school can t be right , say the teachers a black policeman on the beat what s he doing from both si Brilliant and thought provoking memoir of a black police officer in London during the blackest part of the racial intolerance scandals Kill the Black One First was a phrase shouted by rioters at Brixton as the police officers formed a barrier to control them Michael Fuller selected it as the title for his memoir of life in isolation Brought up in care, the only black kid the bright boy in school can t be right , say the teachers a black policeman on the beat what s he doing from both sides.Michael Fuller was lucky enough to be given sound principles from a remarkable housemother in the 60s 70s When he first started to realise he was different , she helped him understand why, and gave him his guiding principle Stop, think is it you or a generic slur Only then decide whether you have something to say on the subject or to let it ride Many of us could usefully use this technique without half the provocation heaped on this boy Yet it helped him become one of the most senior police officers in London s notoriously racist Metropolitan Police.The young boy is threatened with homelessness at 16 just one of the penalties of being a child in care in the 1970s Having admired the police from the start, with tv shows, and then a burglary at the home, he spots an opportunity He becomes a police cadet at 16, with live in accommodation This will also give him the chance to become a police officer and be sponsored through university Self reliance started before even this, as he tell us about a school project.People who have lived in the London area from the 80s onwards will find themselves pushed back down memory lane It will be from an unexpected angle On the front line at the Brixton riots Dealing with stabbings on Shepherds Bush Green Separating the lonely from the wealthy down Vine Street and Soho Experiencing the breakdown in policing in Streatham, and the almost cosy welcome in the outwardly similar area of Lambeth, right next door.And every now and then you get an insight into Jamaican immigrant culture The difficulties of second generation Windrush immigrants the white world turning on their generosity and hurling it back in their face.Sensitively and powerfully written, and thought provoking from start to finish This is a brilliant book Really good The prose is unadorned, even simple, but that s no bad thing because this would be a great book for young people to read I don t read much autobiography, but I was impressed at how well Fuller takes something as sprawling and disjointed as a life and manages to fashion it into a story that feels cohesive He does that by focusing on three things his personal growth, his career, and his experiences with race and racism The end result is an honest, fair story, and one that explains Really good The prose is unadorned, even simple, but that s no bad thing because this would be a great book for young people to read I don t read much autobiography, but I was impressed at how well Fuller takes something as sprawling and disjointed as a life and manages to fashion it into a story that feels cohesive He does that by focusing on three things his personal growth, his career, and his experiences with race and racism The end result is an honest, fair story, and one that explains quite simply some of the thorny problems the UK still has with race, not least the ease with which white people dismiss black voices when they don t want to hear them As Fuller s story makes clear, not intending to be racist is not the same thing as not doing things which are racist, and not standing quietly by while others do them Fuller s description of his psychology in dealing with incidents of racism in the force was incredibly relatable, even as someone who has rarely experienced anything quite like it The tendency to second guess and make excuses, to want to smooth things over, felt very familiar to me A big part of the story is about how Fuller found a way to balance the conflicting desire to challenge injustice and to be accepted That s a good lesson for anyone Michael Fuller grew up in care, and from an early age knew he wanted to join the police Though he faced discouragement and outright opposition in some cases, Fuller went on to rise through the ranks and become the first ever black Chief Constable of Kent This is a powerful and fascinating read Giving a personal view of the Brixton riots, the Stephen Lawrence murder case, and Operation Trident, Fuller doesn t hold back in describing both the personal and institutional racism that he had to end Michael Fuller grew up in care, and from an early age knew he wanted to join the police Though he faced discouragement and outright opposition in some cases, Fuller went on to rise through the ranks and become the first ever black Chief Constable of Kent This is a powerful and fascinating read Giving a personal view of the Brixton riots, the Stephen Lawrence murder case, and Operation Trident, Fuller doesn t hold back in describing both the personal and institutional racism that he had to endure from some of his white colleagues, and the hatred from some sections of the black community for joining the police As the author says, he felt as if he didn t belong anywhere Some parts of it were shocking, with the brazen displays of racism shown, and the failure of others to speak out about it Other parts were truly uplifting Definitely a recommended read.Thank you to NetGalley and publishers, Kings Road Publishing, for the opportunity to review an ARC This is the extraordinary account by Michael Fuller of his epic rise, against all the odds, from a child in care, to become Britain s first black Chief Constable.The racial abuse he suffered from white police officers and the black community was truly shocking.I listened to the audio of this book, read by the author, and was riveted by his story and his achievements.We can all learn something from reading the memoir of this remarkable man, I know I have. Absolutely loved this book and admire Michael Fuller for all that he went through and came out at the other end A biography about the first black man to rise up the ranks to become Police Commissioner, it reasonated with me for many reasons.The start of the book goes back to the 50s and when it goes on to reference things that happened in 70s London it brought back memories for me as well I remember growing up as a kid where a National Front march was a fairly normal sight to see and even thou Absolutely loved this book and admire Michael Fuller for all that he went through and came out at the other end A biography about the first black man to rise up the ranks to become Police Commissioner, it reasonated with me for many reasons.The start of the book goes back to the 50s and when it goes on to reference things that happened in 70s London it brought back memories for me as well I remember growing up as a kid where a National Front march was a fairly normal sight to see and even though I was small I remember feeling frightened When Fuller started in the police force he faced a lot of racism, some of which he had to put up with otherwise he just wouldn t have made it through He details in his book how a number of other black police officers left the force I loved how he wrote about how he processed the racism and bullying , making a choice as to how he would respond rather than react He also wrote about his childhood growing up in care and how the house mother was a lovely woman I won t write muchhere for not wanted to include any spoilers.Massive thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a ARC version of the book as I m not sure whether I would have come across it otherwise I d highly recommend reading An honest and enlightening memoir which highlights the changing attitudes within the Metropolitan police and the wider community The book also challenges assumptions often made about children who are looked after and accommodated within the care system Michael Fuller has certainly forged a interesting career and I m glad that he chose to document and share his experiences with the world A recommended read, particularly for any young person who feels isolated and excluded. Really interesting.