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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

Comments (100)

  1. Basically the north of England I grew up up north and all the money is down south while people up north are struggling

  2. .wait…did i hear "i'm gonna rape your sister?" in that shitty "rap"?

  3. there not citys mob bunch off fannys with a stoney

  4. ((((They)))) will never fix the problem, because they love poverty, crime and division.
    Million's are also created from locking up young men. Why would they want to fix things and lose out on all that money? 🙄🤔
    The more people's lives are together, the closer to unity they are. Which in turn, would eventually lead to the realisation of who the real oppressors ( modern day tyrants ) are, oppressing us. Which then would lead to the potential for overthrowing ((((them)))).
    This is why they slowly took industry away!!!

    FACTS!!!!!!!

  5. Apparently, most British people are white and working-class

  6. These people giving a bad name to working class…

  7. ALL of the soccer clubs NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND CAST ALL OF THE MUSLIMS OUT!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK DID THIS TO YOUR COUNTRY?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Seems they can afford their skunk weed at around £150 a oz

  9. You are your own person and only YOU can change your financial situation

  10. To all hating on these punks- when I was their age it was easier to get your own place a first job etc.
    They do missbehave but all of us have done our misstakes or silly stuff. I think the next generation is better than mine was anyway. The moral panic is silly.

  11. I'm Australian and what a load of rubbish

  12. I am sick of being shown british ppl on the welfare
    Its EU bullshit

  13. Working class means going out to work 5/6 days a week and coming home to your family….you know, like real men

  14. Yes we are overcrowded as in the UK but life doesn't owe you anything

  15. Lazy no education no qualifications they dont want to work just another white prevlidge excuse blame it on immigration fed by the media

  16. Making excuses for why they do nothing with their lives.

  17. Hahah, bollocks them lot acting like they were out against stoke …

  18. Australia has a very good trades system going on, in school training and TAFE helps kids like this. England needs to follow suit.

  19. Lol you can hear him asking where the wyvern milk is that’s a true ark player right there

  20. My Father was born and raised in Manchester, his Father died of a heart attack at an early age and his Mum died a few years later after suffering horrific mental health issues related to the death of her husband. My Father spent his childhood in twenty different Foster homes with his little brother and little sister. When he was old enough what did he do? Did he blame the world for his hardships? Did he sit on his arse waiting for a handout? Did he bollocks!

    He joined the Royal Engineers with a career spanning two decades and saw the world. He had a family and kids who he raised to go out and work. If you want something? Damn well earn it. He is a true working class hero!

  21. What’s about the parents? Or is it everyone else’s fault?

  22. Donny playing ARK

  23. This is all part of a healthy society

  24. The main cause of people like this is terrible parenting.

  25. They've all got money for cigarettes though?

  26. White and working class doesn't mean lazy, thick, entitled thug.

  27. Bla bla bla. Expelled, skint, drugged up, violent and it’s everyone else’s fault. Country is corrupt bla bla bla. I suggest you get off your arse.

  28. Listen if they all got given a job they wouldn’t be able to keep it for 1 month

  29. Once you are white you're the least forgotten

  30. 11:18 that's the best rapper ever😂😂

  31. Ideally these people need legal weed instead of alcohol and fags and a more important hobby than watching football

  32. What I see down below the commentary section its an ongoing deflection of responsibilities on working class they have their insecurities,have you seen this comments ?
    I'm sure you do!

  33. BBC, working class must be thugs, chavs and not actually working (so not working class)… glad I pay my license fee. Working class are people that work 50 hours minimum wage and get through life on the minimum and appreciate the small things in life.

  34. So by the Thumbnail, Being white & working class means you are a hooligan, sell drugs. & spend all your time in the pub ? Typical BBC left wing connotation as usual….

  35. We live in a meritocracy. Doesn’t matter if you are born working-class, but if you die still in it then that’s when you have not worked hard enough and failed to change your destiny despite having access to opportunity.

  36. And that horrible creature woman shitting kids out,complete losers with no stake in society.Were fucked

  37. Wait where is this white privilege I hear of

  38. This isn't the working class, this is the underclass.

  39. Should be sterilized the lot of them ….laughable

  40. They aren’t working class,they don’t work.I’m white from a single parent family in a council house,I got off my arse worked hard and started a business.

  41. What a sad depressing series.

  42. When they started spitting lil t I lost it 😂😂

  43. It's "NEVER TO LATE"..
    Go to/back to college. Do your Level 1 & 2 in English and Maths (it's free for most) make a change, make a difference to you and your family. Learn a skill/trade. It's "NEVER TO LATE".

  44. Tommy Robinson’s people

  45. Reason Missy’s took over is they have unity while whites hate each other kill each other over drugs depts

  46. Working class that have never worked in their life? rofl!

  47. To all the "white working class" who see this comment. No one cares if you work or not, stop thinking you're better than people just because you have a job. The biggest problem with the "white working class" is ignorance, not unemployment. You'd think we're a nation/race of slaves if your job is the only thing you have in your life that gives you meaning. Having a job and some offspring is nothing without knowledge and wisdom. You wage slaves no nothing of the world, you know nothing about your own potential. You work your life away then sit in front of the TV like a good dog. There's no real culture in this country. Everything is commercialised. I can't blame these feral idiots for being the way they are, what's the alternative? It's a choice of being a free beast or joining the chattle; becoming something that resembles a Stepford Wife. I'd rather talk to the lads and lasses who you all call chavs, they're for more down to earth and honest.

  48. This is unwatchable. Left wing propaganda. Very sad and depressing, as upsetting as the fact that the BBC hides paedophiles and intimidates millions of people into giving them money.

  49. Bullshit! I'm working class. All my friends are working class. These idiots are the underclass! They are chav scum who need to grow up a bit!!

  50. Mandatory Depo-provera shots….

  51. 11:16 Perfect Peter has gone rogue

  52. Why do british police still use horses 😂😂😂

  53. Bitch'n'whine class

  54. There not the working class their the benefits class you’ve got it wrong again BBC bias.

  55. I hope this opens many peoples eyes as to what the reality of the poverty and difficulties white British people have.

  56. grew up in tottenham… was mates with people like this. on tag all the time, always got their money for cigs and weed from the government, free council flat from the goverment… and somehow its still the governments fault they're 'poor'. mf's need to leave little england if they think a whole family affording cigs at 10 quid a pack, living in a warm house with tv and internet and pets and clean clothes and runing water and food, is poor.

  57. As a black working class person with white working class friends this is a poor representation of lads that all do not behave in this manner, however their are section of our UK society that exists I'ma stay in prayer

  58. There are opportunities out there. But the way the majority of the people conduct themselves in day to day life why would you want to hire them? They are not only a risk to themselves, a risk to employees and a risk to the business. What they need to do is get out of the negative self pitying mindset and do something with their free time instead of sitting on a park smoking weed or popping out kids. Before everyone comments I was brought up in a family on benifits but I've taken or gone to try every opportunity presented to me. There will be knock backs but being persistent will get you to where you need to be.

  59. You have to want to change, it doesn't just happen. But there is a lot more "government" and "local councils" could be doing with the money. Companies could be training guys up instead of pocketing millions, we all know how to fix this problem really

  60. These are just scumb.

  61. This could easily be London or Birmingham it's not just Manchester I live in Manchester and some parts a like this but not everyone

  62. Between the title and whats actually going on in this video…..i was confused what the connection was…it seems more about men getting into trouble 💁🏾

  63. The elites have made robots to replace us in most factories.

  64. just a shit hole country

  65. 11:16 😂😂😂😂

  66. Excuses, excuses, excuses. This country doesn’t owe you a living. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Stop expecting somebody to hand you a career on a plate. The world doesn’t owe you anything just because you exist.

    And why is she having so many kids when she’s on minimum wage? A minimum wage job isn’t meant to support a family of 6. For Fucks sake.

  67. 11:16 they stole little ts lyrics🤣

  68. 11:14 "yo yo, light the bifta, i'm gonna rape your little sister"
    LMFAO jesus christ

  69. 11:30

    Someone please shoot this little shit already!

  70. Jeremy kyle riff raff

  71. I wonder what Tommy Robinson would say about these white British kids presumably Christian or Atheist saying things like "I'm going to rape your little sister" in a song

  72. Stop having kids.

  73. "I've got shitty on me arm, shitty on me back"

  74. I'm working class, I grew up on a council estate full of unemployment, no real opportunites around and limited fun. But that didn't make me a thug, an idiot. When I got my first job, I changed it and that's how it should be.

  75. They all act like thugs no like working class lads
    Poverty but they all smoke and drink have enough money for that

  76. Im working class. Number one solution to get these young people of the streets is national service. The government could use these lads but there is no national military service for them. Look at Turkey, their young people have to join the national military service between 20-41 which teaches them morals, values, well being, manners and more. They dont even need to get paid, as long as they are learning and something they can show for themselves. They dont have to go into combat either.

  77. 15:38 Hi im Johnny Knoxville and welcome to Jackass!

  78. How can you say only this happens to only white people it's the same for black to

  79. 13:03 , “ baby sitting jobs “ wouldn’t let him look after my kids 😂😂

  80. I’m a villa fan I’m to scared to go to villa Man City now because I have anxiety of my dad getting in a fight and bartered and me lost I hope I can get over this soon but this has not helped

  81. I don’t think they should rap

  82. Lmao, I know every kid in this video

  83. Little runner city nob

  84. Massive televisions and there kids swear at them and they wonder why! Life is hard for all, hardly any of them work! Why??

  85. 11:17 that’s so cool

  86. it’s not them being working class which is stopping them for achieving academically , it’s them giving up and from there bad parents

  87. That woman is desperate can’t believe she settle for a sorry excuse of a man

  88. Imagine being slobbered over and fucked by the fat, fick Aaron bloke (looks like he's deaf as well as fick) His partner looks OK . Why would she let a fat slob shag her?

  89. Lowest in literacy in the developed world. Lol. Don't worry you have brexthick now. You will be the 'greatest' nation in the world. Apparently.

  90. These c comments are helarious. It's always the poorest people going to fight the wars ect. Where do you think the army gets most of its soldiers??

  91. 8.16 lives with 3 dogs and a parrot got no money tho!🤷🏻‍♂️

  92. Yeah if they were working-class they wouldn't have time for the interview. I never get why these women even look at the chavy boys, none the less have multiple kids with them. Honestly seems like a quicker fix to get women to aspire more, maybe then the boys will follow? Seems like the ones with all the intelligence in these bbc docs are the women. Maybe start looking at the idea of getting knocked up before you turn 25 and have a job and a degree as a tragedy, not a blessing? Encourage more young women to take their reproductive health seriously? Stops the endless flow of kids to poverty.

  93. 11:17 🤦‍♂️😂 Little T is a great role model and rapper for youths 😂

  94. Get off yer arses,and go get a job .1 life live it well.

  95. Systems on its arse because you won’t get your head in gear that’s why

  96. I'm working class but somehow working class means chavs and thugs.

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