There were carnival festivities in the darkness of Grenfell Tower. It was the 51st Notting Hill carnival and it went forward with the importance on the nearby disaster.
Keeping Grenfell to that this year was very essential and everybody was out there dressed in green, saying that it was a terrible disaster in their community and their strive for justice is that down the line, justice looks really important to numerous people. But whether it’s criminal prosecutions, or whether it’s fair compensation that they’re looking for, it might even be about altering the entire profile of how people in social housing are treated up and down the country.
Doves were released to honour the victims and many wore green for Grenfell in memory of those who died in the fire and organisers believed the display would express admiration and honour amidst the celebration.
People have encompassed the Carnival and taken it and made it part of their grieving and it’s tough because there are many people who’ve lost family and friends or their homes and were now feeling too sad for all of this so quiet zones were set up for those just wanting to reflect and a protective ring was also constructed around the tower by the police to respect the site.
550 people perished in fires in the United Kingdom in 2015/2016. 80 people perished in the disaster of Grenfell so well done for the Notting Hill Carnival for honouring the dead. Now it’s time to acknowledge those annihilated in fires across the United Kingdom in 2015/16 and give their families similar compensation and proper alternative accommodation as has been given to those affected by the Grenfell disaster.
Yet the government have done absolutely nothing and the authorities want everyone to ignore it but as the charred remains of Grenfell Tower cast a darkness over the Notting Hill Carnival. This year’s event will be evidence of the solidarity, support and admiration for the victims of the fire and Grenfell Tower was at the core of the community. The survivors of the fire, friends and neighbours, have suffered dreadfully.
Sadiq Khan faced Grenfell Tower survivors and families, as dozens of white doves were released at the start of the Notting Hill Carnival as the London Mayor led a touching opening celebration in recognition of those who perished in the fire.
Survivors and local residents joined the Mayor, Kensington Labour MP Emma Dent Coat and council leader Elizabeth Campbell in a multi-faith prayer and white doves were released into the sky as a small act of remembrance to mark the disaster.
As people rocked and swaggered at the weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival in London, it’s worth remembering about the significant failures of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to adhere to even the most fundamental policies of health and safety in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire.
Questions emerge as to whether that same culture of cost-cutting, ineptitude and blatant contempt for the safety of the poor has had any bearing on the levels of public safety standards at Britain’s most famous social experience.
Let’s now remind ourselves of what Carnival presently represents. There can be no uncertainty that it has helped London accomplish its world city standing. It stands adjacent to other global celebrations such as the New Orleans Mardi Gras, Brazil’s Rio Carnival, Toronto’s International Carnival and New York’s Labour Day demonstration.
It has served to define our city as welcoming, inclusive and progressive. Carnival helped the United Kingdom win the 2012 Olympic games, for example.
What about the spirit of Carnival? It’s essential to remember its origins as a festival of black freedom, an event whose roots go back to the one-day annual holiday oppressed Africans were given off from working on Massa’s slave plantation.
Following freedom, the Carnival became a vital element of the African diaspora’s social repertoire. In the United Kingdom, it was the west London Trinidadian community, driven by local activist Claudia Jones who, reacting to the discriminatory killing of Kelso Cochrane, was an important person in bringing the unifying strength of Carnival on to the streets of Great Britain and following freedom, the Carnival became a vital element of the and contentious social event in Europe.