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The “Rivers of Blood” speech, given in 1968 by a prominent British political figure, continues to resonate more than five decades later, above all because it seems so prophetic, given what has happened in the decades since.

Large-scale immigration of non-whites, said Enoch Powell, will have dire long-term social, political and cultural consequences. Citing the persistent racial strife in the United States, he warned against allowing similar problems in Britain. “I am filled with foreboding,” he said.

That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect … Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now.”

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