It Dread inna Inglan (for George Lindo) was originally recorded for Linton‘s 1978 debut album Dread Beat and Blood. It is a rally cry for the cause to free George Lindo, a Jamaican worker who was living in Bradford and was framed for armed robbery and later released. The poem is also notable for introducing the concept of Black British, prior to this the British born children of West Indian immigrants were generally considered to also be West Indian, even if they had never left Britain. With this, and other poems, Linton introduced the idea that it was possible to be black and British, and that people weren’t automatically foreign because of the colour of their skin.
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