Race relations still bad despite efforts. Blacks and Asians felt marginalised in society; open racism including violence still prominent and acceptable. Minority communities suffered proportionally worse in financial crisis. Brixton, home to large Afro-Caribbean community had very high unemployment, poor housing and higher than average crime rate (relate to despair of situation, unemployment, said to be 50% amongst Blacks in Brixton, lack of money). Rioting sparked off spontaneously, reacting to some police officers helping a stab wounded youth as police stop and search had incereased hostilities; conforntaoin quickly escalated showing the explosive nature of race relations. Over 300 injured, 83 premises and 23 vehicles damaged. Violence spread to other cities as well as the serious social and economic problems were endemic to many inner cities in Britain.