#BYPBookclub: Kill The Black One First by Michael Fuller
Kill The Black One First
It's May and that means BYP Book of the Month time!
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 injustices.
Michael Fuller was born to Windrush-generation Jamaican immigrants in 1959, 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.
This month, we've been reading Kill The Black One First. We've been inspired by Michael Fuller's story from growing up in care to navigating the police force as a minority when race relations in the UK were tumultuous to say the least. This story is not only one of resilience and ambition, but one of leadership and we see Michael as a fantastic leader and an inspiration to all. Recommended reading!
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Writer: Mireille Harper