Growing Up White & Working Class | Britain’s Forgotten Men

Growing Up White & Working Class | Britain’s Forgotten Men


You can call us feral.
You can call us chavs. You can call us pikeys.
You can call us hoodies. What is going on? 25p. We’re the sixth richest nation in
the world, yet our social security,
our state is a load of crap. No-one’s happy round here. ENGINE REVS That should do fine. How important is this fight on
Saturday? It’s everything, really. BELL RINGS We’re City, we’re mad, we’ll kill
your mum and dad. There’s nothing, no better feeling. I sell bud, whiff, crack, anything,
mate. Why are you watching Bourne? There’s just no end goal. There’s no end point, there’s no
path. Hey, what’d you get kicked out of
school for? The system’s on its arse. Yeah, there’s nothing for kids. That same cycle over and over again. They grow up, have kids. And they’ve got nothing to give
them. Working class people in general know
that they’ve been robbed of
something. RADIO COMMENTATOR: Premier
League, Manchester City against
Stoke, full match commentary… POLICE SIREN There’s the police.
He’s following us now. City, we are, we love it, mate,
we love it. SHOUTING We’re all City fans.
And we all went for years. Home and away, I loved it as a kid,
absolutely loved it. I’m a blue through and through. I’ve got City on my arm, I’ve got
City on my back. I’ve got all the
T-shirts. Once I got to 10, 11, 12, and I see
people throwing bottles, bricks, as a kid you want to join in. And that’s how I got into it. It could be a number of different
things that happen today. You never know. SIREN That’s what makes it that little bit
more fucking fun, innit? GLASS SMASHES Oh, my God, he’s got some Red.
Oh, my God. As an honest, hard-working police
officer trying to keep the peace… Leave them alone. Young lad,
young lad. Leave them alone. Some lads get on to drugs.
Some get into gangs. Others just enjoy
a bit of football thuggery. That’s just your outlet as a young
working-class lad. Oi, boys! You can’t do nothing today,
there’s too many police around. So, what’s the plan?
Vengeance, isn’t it? A couple of miles from the stadium
is West Gorton, where Aaron lives with his family. I’m a HGV driver at the minute, I left school at 16, became a
driver’s mate. And I worked my way
up from having my own van, and then I’ve funded my own HGV
licence as well. Let’s get Lily. VOICEOVER: Got no
help of nobody, done it all myself. Do you normally pick the kids up?
No, I’m usually at work. I never get to do it.
That’s why I’m doing it today. When’s the last time
I picked you up, Lil? In Year Three. A completely different year. TOY MOTOR GRINDS Yeah, turn it off, L,
cos it’s doing my head in, mate. 17 I was when I met Aaron. At KFC. I’m not interested in the football,
to be honest. I just leave him to it and I just
think if he gets in trouble, then it’s his own fault. La-la-la, mama. Mmm? As long as they don’t
get in too much trouble, that is. Like getting locked up and stuff
but, you know… Do you want your tea? She likes to kick me out a lot. HE LAUGHS Where is she? She’ll be listening.
Right, then… Just stubborn,
we both don’t like to give in. Fucking knew you should have gone,
we should have been gone by now. When he’s with the lads he’s
a different person. When he’s here with his family,
he’s a lot different. When he’s with the lads he’s… KNOCKS ON WINDOW
I’ve not got me key. How is he different? Erm… When he’s here, there’s a different
side to him. He can be quite sweet. You know,
when we are all by ourselves. He can be. He loves us really, don’t he, L?
Yeah. Yeah. SHE LAUGHS
Mama, help me. Help you? What’s the matter?
Wee. You want a wee? Mama. You want Mama to come too? LAUGHTER My mum pays for me phone,
but I pay for the petrol and stuff. She pays for the insurance and that. How do you afford it? I don’t know.
A bit of this and that? Hmm. The high school I went to,
I got there till Year 11, then ended up getting kicked out. Why?
Just being a little shit really. What are you kids up to then?
Been at school? Yes. No. Been down school? No.
Are you bunking off today? Yeah. Hey, what did you get kicked
out of school for? I can’t sit, like,
down and just be writing and stuff. I’ve got to do something physical. Right, I’m going in this spinny
thing. I’ll probably not be sick. I thought I wasn’t getting anywhere,
and my GCSEs are going to be rubbish, cos I always mess about
in lessons. I won’t focus on school. I didn’t like it.
I didn’t want to be there. I’m stuck! I can’t get out! For those lads who get to the
end of school, they’re kind of 15, 16 and they haven’t got their GCSEs,
what happens to them? Just a life of misery. White working-class boys are now the
worst performers at GCSE, and fewer of them go to university
than any other group. But some people do make it. I was brought up in a working-class
way, in a working-class background. I were lucky. I were good at
school. I were academically minded. I were quick. I could make people
laugh, you know what I mean? I could do things. I could chat
and still get on with my work. Most people couldn’t do that. There were people genuinely who were
fantastic with working with their hands, but the other five hours
of the day they were just miserable. It’s just not set up to
cater for working-class lads who are that way inclined. There’s just no end goal. There’s
no end point. There’s no path. There’s “just get on with it” is the main phrase that you hear
constantly. And that messes
with your mind after a while. I think that sums up what
a lot of working-class men feel. There’s opportunity there.
There’s just not enough. I come from a massive family. We’ve never had much money
obviously, there’s so many of us. Even when my mum was working
it wasn’t pulling in enough to help all of us out straight away. Dale lives with his mum,
four of his five brothers, his aunt, cousin, three dogs and the parrot. I’m playing another game! Right, well, move it a bit forward
and don’t raise your voice to me. I don’t give a fuck. When you live in a community
and you’ve got a lot of children, people automatically think that
you’re having them children to claim more benefits. We’re not all like that. Some of us actually had our kids
because we wanted to. Always at the heart. Well, I made
some Sunday dinner for you. Did
everybody eat? What, has Stacey made me
some Sunday dinner? I’ve done cleaning jobs, I’ve done
bar work, I’ve done waitressing. Anything to bring money in. You used to be able to walk out of
one job and straight into another. You can’t do that now,
because there’s too many people and not enough jobs. Got a job in the market,
was there for about two months, went in on my birthday,
did an eight hour shift, got home. Within ten minutes of me
getting home, I found my mum had been rushed to
hospital. They paid me £50 holiday pay
and then took me off the payroll. Stuart was in a car accident,
shattered his leg, so he’s not got everything. Michael’s got two kids, he can’t be
back and forth, you know, he’s working full-time. Jordan’s on the autistic scale,
so he can’t just go out and get a job, and he’s not bright
enough to look after me mum. And so it’s only really me
that can do it. So, I’ve got basically a family of
eight and it’s mostly on my head. Dale, will you put this rubbish out
or get one of your brothers to do it? Yeah, yeah.
Because it’s going to go everywhere. No, I need to get my feet down,
they’re hurting. Do you want a black bin bag? Mum,
I’m taking them down, bloody hell. They’ve only been there
since bloody yesterday. So I’m back and forth shopping,
helping everyone out, trying to get everyone sorted, and then trying
to sort my own situation out as
well. And you’ve been the man of the house
pretty much your whole life. Pretty much, yeah. You know, someone said to me once,
they says, you know, “The one thing I will never
regret in life is my kids.” “Because they’ve kept me going.” Everybody needs something to
believe in. Everybody. I don’t believe in fuck all.
Don’t swear. F all. Oh, shit! What do you want to be
when you grow up, mate? I want to be a rapper,
a sick rapper… Prime-time TV. Sometimes I rap, but I don’t, like, don’t, like, let people listen to
it, because I’m a bit shy. Yeah. Which one are we singing? Are you doing it as well? Yeah. Three, two, one… # Yo, yes, light the bifta # I’m gonna rape your little sister # Five chicken lickin’,
I’m going to give you a kickin’. # When I grow up
I want to be an Army person, who gets to save the world
and that, shooting people. Why do you want to be in the Army? I get to kill people and
shoot, explode buildings and that. # But there is no time, no time to
waste # I got my own for free. # We’re told unemployment
is at its lowest level in years, although we met a lot of people who
thought differently. But in this part of town one
option has always been available. “Excellent news. You have been
booked on an Army selection event at “Glencorse Assessment Centre.” Felt happy about myself, like,
I was going somewhere, I was doing something. I was getting away from round here
and seeing other places. In a lot of ways it feels like
a good opportunity. Yeah, it is. What’s on the menu? Going to stick some chips on and
then chilli con carne on top
probably. HE LAUGHS Unlike most of his brothers,
Jordan does have qualifications. Not that they’ve helped. I’ve applied for hundreds
of different jobs. Supermarket jobs or, just, you know,
cleaning jobs, baby-sitting jobs, anything. Most of them don’t even bother
getting back to me. Honestly, I feel like a lot
of companies now, when you apply for them, you know, they look at your application
and they just slide it to the side. SMOKE ALARM Are they done? Yeah. I mean, what can you do for money?
Moneywise? Erm… I’ve no idea. Good girl. I think working-class people
in general feel this kind of thing weighing down upon them, and I can’t
put it into words of what it is. But I think people watching this
will understand that you feel it pushing you down all the time. Baba-ba. No babas, no. I’m pretty good with money, but I
don’t want to do it all by myself. He needs to help me, so that’s where
a lot of the arguing comes in. You have to do, like, a mile
and a half run, the Paras, that’s the hardest one to get in,
and that’s nine minute 45. I got eight minute 20. There are other tests as well.
Online tests. But on the literacy one I failed.
Two points away, I was. That same cycle over and over again. They grow up, have kids, and they’ve
got nothing to give them. If there’s no opportunities, real
opportunities out there for them, how are they ever going to progress? How are they ever going to get
the confidence to say, “I want to go to college,
I want to go to university?” I would have been going in next
month to do 42 weeks of training. So you failed by
two points on literacy? Yeah, yeah. A lot of working-class people
in general, and people from where I’m from, know that they’ve
been robbed of something. Robbed of some kind of opportunity
that a lot of other people in this society can access. Just through the biological lottery. And there’s something
wrong about that, isn’t there? ENGINE REVS Being working class is not fun.
It’s just not. Do you think it’s difficult then
to kind of get out of this kind of lifestyle for
people? You’re looking at zero hours, and you’re looking at the rubbish
pay that people are getting. It’s barely keeping them afloat. And I think this is why
a lot of people turn to crime. Well, I feel safer. FROM RADIO: Manchester United
against Manchester City. What’s going on today, mate? I’m hoping to kick
the fuck out of a Red. LAUGHTER SHOUTING

100 comments

  1. What is to be done? You are always going to have the bottom 10% intellectually and the world as it is, is not really designed for them. The skills required to get even the most menial of jobs apart from working in a field or similar is beyond them. And when they complain about foreigners coming in and taking their jobs, the jobs they are referring to are the ones they are not prepared to do or ones they are not qualified or skilled enough for.

  2. when did we forget that one size of education does not fit all? GCSEs, A-levels are not sought after by industry, hell, even university graduates have difficulty in getting started. Apprenticeships were the way to train young working class boys but where are the incentives to offer hem today?

    Tony Blair wanted everyone to go to university, that was ridiculous enough but then David Cameron and Nick Clegg gave the universities the option to charge 9 grand a year for it! Successive governments have sleepwalked into creating a social crisis in these communities and it’s tragic

  3. It’s not an endless cycle but IT IS a difficult pattern to break. I grew up on a council estate but I was lucky enough to have parents who kept me on the right track. I wasn’t the best academically but my parents knew that and they showed me other ways I could be successful so I got a job as a labourer for a local civils firm and now I’m the foreman at that same firm and don’t get me wrong I’ll never set the world alight career wise but I doing a damn sight better than 99% of the lads that I grew up with. I’ve been able to buy my own house/car and make a very comfortable living from what I do and I’d like my kids to go one further than me and keep our family moving further and further away from what my dad calls “the council estate trap” and I firmly believe that it’s down to the parents to want better for their children because they are the biggest influence in that child’s life. It’s down to my parents that I am where I am and I know for a fact that if I was born to 90% of the other parents that were on that estate I’d have most likely ended up selling drugs, on the dole or in prison if not worse

  4. Working class is busting your balls in a low paid job to feed your kids and send them to a grammar that you also busted your balls to pay a tutor for your child to pass, and you pay the fees and you go without to make sure they will be something more than the opportunity you got, this isnt working class this is excuses, handouts and ppl taking the easy way out dont judge us on these type of ppl

  5. Yet again the working class get classed as the same as this lot this is benifits class people who dont give a fuckin about working in working class and would chop my balls off if I ended up like this

  6. If I was at football and I see that fat bloke full of moles and a lisp come towards me id ldugyth my head of and prob have a little wee

  7. White, working class and male.
    No entitlement syndrome, no victim culture and left at the bottom of the pile.
    I am white and working class and I don't care if we are the forgotten. I know that we are the backbone of this nation and without us the country would crumble. All I need is my family and a roof over our heads.
    Remember, dirty hand clean money.

  8. You have never had a huge chance if you are working class, only those you have made yourself. Getting thrown out of school, drugs, criminality and a dissolute life that follows when no one wants you because you have nothing to offer??? Any surprise there???

  9. And ppl say that diversity and immigration is to blame for the violence in our big cities like manchester, london, Birmingham. how deluded are they

  10. There are Muslim immigrants in the UK who are in the fourth generation and who go through racism everyday and discrimination. So explain why a lot of them are doctors and lawyers. So why can't these older people who behave like kids use their energies to be one something?
    I know Muslim people and Sikh people who donate so much to charities and soup kitchens . They pay taxes to support these idiots and these idiots think people should owe them a living all because of their lack of culture and for having less melanin in their skin? Haha

  11. Oh sorry thought football was about the game not fighting this is why I hate football with thugs like these and the bigoted views about immigrants you are an embarrassment to this country . Narrow minded uneducated low life

  12. Arabians came only 5 years ago and we own your city, you whites and blacks and Asians been borned here and your all poor tramps

  13. It's not even the system that has done them wrong, it's the parents sometimes.

    Some children aspire to be like their parents so that's one cause (why anyone would aspire to be like this I wouldn't know) but you clearly see this from the boys aspiring to be the boy who got kicked out of school!

  14. 'They get jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phone'

    Tupac rapped about the plight of the scapegoated UK poor! Lol!!

  15. There's working class and there's these idiots. Who expect the state to do everything true the state should do more. But education does open doors and provides a ladder out of poverty.

  16. I agree white working class fellas should be better represented but this is such a shit representation. Believe it or not many working class white people try to do something good with their lives and we are not such a rare breed, as these narscasist privately educated journalists would have you believe.

  17. Why they are highlighting there race, it’s not due to the skin colour but due to the poverty. If they wealthy they won’t be in the situation and all. And everyone knows it

  18. these people are just entitled and dont have their priorities in order. many people are in similar situations, it doesnt justify giving up then blaming the world, the state or the next person for being stuck in whatever position youre in. yes, many people dont like the state. but you find a way, these people are just too entitled, frankly too lazy and cant be bothered to do more and truly graft and grind even if the results aren't in the near future. if you wanna be better, chose to be better. yes, we cant all chose our circumstance but chose to do something about it.

  19. Parents failing kids down the line. Generation after generation. Not bright enough to see the issue in front of them. Poor kids look up to gangs.

  20. Its just a sad fact that men enjoy violence and are probably made for it physically and mentally.
    Men have always been tribal,went to war fought and been killed maimed.
    Especially working class and the poor.
    I don’t fully understand it myself as extreme violence frightens me as I’ve been around it all my life and I’ve seen people made disabled or killed by extreme violence.
    But our whole history is from violence.
    The British empire was based on extreme violence and taking over other countries and enslaving others with violence or the threat of it.
    People need to understand it and not finger point as there must be a phsycological reason.

  21. The UK is seen by many Americans as a interesting place to live but we forget that not all countries in the world have a lot of opportunities and sadly the UK does not have a robust economy compared to America. I'm sure Brits are awesome people and they deserve better than what they have.

  22. Wow, I'm so glad some of you "made something of yourselves", but you're exceptions – systematic changes are needed to lift people out of poverty. It's not like many of these people aren't trying – they are, constantly. The lack of compassion in this comment section is sickening.

  23. lower working class who just breed and expect the rest of us to pay for them. Only the bright ones don't breed because they can see that there is no work or future for any more children.

  24. Stop , trying to glamorize being a thug, or scumbags.🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊📢📢

  25. The erosion of the industries we used to be famous for in Britain is the number one reason why people and communities end up like this. If you know that you have to work to, basically, stay alive and put a roof over your head, it gives you a purpose. The mining, mills, cotton and other industries went in a period of about 30 years so no wonder.

  26. Even though they can sometimes act irresponsible I really hope though that most of the working class people especially the younger ones manage to provide a better future for themselves by getting a well paid job or to live in a better environment because I do feel quite bad for them

  27. I looked up british white trash on youtube and I wasn't disappointed… Wanted to show someone that not all british accents sound nice.

  28. if this is what you call working class then keep it to yourself guys . but I have a different idea about working class and it’s miles apart from your ideas . I can’t even feel sorry for you lot . .

  29. You've got to get up and do something about it and stop moaning and being a victim all your life people come from war zones into this country and make good life's for them selfs , there's no for kids there colleges etc it's whether the kid can be bothered or be prepared to stand alone and go down his own .

  30. Kids in this country have got it lucky there's schools colleges etc here third world countries is were literally there's nothing for kids

  31. This is why we need a yearly purge, Britain is fucked and it's Muppets like this that make it that way, time to get rid of the waste, great influence on the kids 👍 dickheads like this shouldn't be allowed kids, that little lad is a prime example of the problem, why join the army ? " So I can kill people" great mentality to have

  32. The social fabric in England is far worse then many of the so called developing nations . Frustration and intellectual bankruptcy is clearly visible.

  33. The comment on not find work is bs i had 3 jobs in 6 week increase in wages in every job just applying yourself. Im also working class

  34. Has nothing to do with working class, I’m from Devon, I work a factory job which is £10.30 an hour and I live perfectly fine with spare cash to buy accessories etc, oh and the inside of my house looks great, squeaky clean, no excuses for being lazy.

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