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Should The Police Remove ‘Violent’ Drill From YouTube?

Submitted by solomon on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 10:00
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Drill music is a part of how I’ve grown up in South London and is about my culture and the way I live. Without drill music, I feel as if there isn’t a way to express mine and other people's experiences, whether good or bad. It would not be fair to remove drill but allow other music that speaks about similar things to stay posted. Yes, drill music speaks about violence, but the songs and raps are not the cause of this. Adeel Amini, an editor from Press Play OK, mentioned how Miley Cyrus's and Calvin Harris's music isn't banned after drug-related deaths on an interview with BBC News.

Why does the Metropolitan Police want to remove drill music?

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, believes that UK drill music glamorises violence and explains how the drill music made by gangs are made to "taunt each other" and say "what they are going to do" and more specifically "to who2. She claims that she "recognises" the impact drill music is having on crime. 

Is drill music leading to violence?

As young people, drill stars believe that by making this music it is a way of expressing their views on issues occurring in their lives around them and past experiences they have had. The lyrics may include violent terms and subjects but that is their reality and the reality we live in, which cannot be changed by removing drill music, but by finding the core of young U.K violence and solving it - which is a different issue.

What other tactics can we use to help prevent violence in the UK?

There are many arguments for and against the removal of drill music, but can we think of any alternatives to resolve or prevent violence in London? Cressida Dick said she hopes to recruit 500 police officers by the end of next year: maybe this could help the issue of violence. Having more police officers could, if not stop, perhaps decrease the number of attacks from London’s youth on their own.

By Ellie