On April 20th, 1968, Enoch Powell, a member of the Conservative Party Shadow Cabinet in the UK, gave a speech to the General Meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre, which has since been labeled the “Rivers of Blood” speech.
That title comes from an allusion to The Aeneid Powell made in the speech in which he declared: “As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood.'”
The topic of the speech was the quickly increasing levels of non-white immigration to the UK, and the fear and concern Powell’s constituents were expressing to him about it. Powell was aware of just how controversial the speech would be before he gave it. The lines considered most incendiary were mostly quotes and paraphrasings of things that others had said to him, but either way in the massive fallout after the speech Powell was sacked from his position as Shadow Defense Secretary.
It is argued today whether Powell can fairly be described as “predicting” “Rivers of Blood” in the streets of the UK, but the general consensus is that the speech was indeed a warning of the horrors that mass immigration would bring.
The video above contains clips of Powell supporters talking to the media in the days following his speech. It is interesting to note the strenuous denials of racism we see even then in his supporters. This perfectly mirrors what we see today in the UK in which preservationist groups such as the EDL, Britain First, and PEGIDA UK recklessly hurl accusations of racism at each other, and compete to disavow it, even while they all try to fight back against the destruction of the UK through massive-immigration, and even while they are all labelled as racist by the mainstream suicidalist media. These internecine accusations are particularly unhelpful in the case of these organizations today, but the phenomenon also bears mentioning because of just how endemic it seems to be in these natives of the UK.
It does make sense. The Powell supporters in these clips, just like their contemporaries today, are on the whole decent, normal, everyday Britons. They were taught all through school about the evils of racism, and their fathers and grandfathers most likely fought against the Nazi’s in WWII. They do not want to dislike anyone, especially not because of the color of their skin. Yet their common sense, and their instinctual desire to protect their families, culture, and tribe, throws them hard against the realities of modern day Britain every day. They perceive the massive changes at play that are slowly devouring their country. They understand the hatred and opposition in the eyes of the immigrants they see in the streets. They understand that things will not end peacefully.
Powell attempted to bring attention to this nearly 50 years ago in this speech, and it is worth remembering not just for how prescient it was, but for the perspective it brings us. For who can imagine what Powell would have said- what even his left-wing critics would have said- if they could have been shown a glimpse into the future, and be made aware of the events of Rotherham? If Powell and the other Conservatives, and indeed all the Britons serving in the Labor party as well, could have known that 1400 little white British girls, many pre-pubescent, all between the ages of 11-16, would be groomed, enslaved, beaten, tortured, gang-raped by hundreds of Pakistani men, and shared like animals between members of the Muslim community, all because social workers and police were too afraid of being called racist to intervene, what would they say? And if they were told that in the first major election after these events came to light, that they would barely be discussed, what would they say? I believe that not just Powell, but all his critics as well, would be sickened to levels words cannot do justice, and that they would support any- ANY- means to right the ship of state, including violence against the government itself.