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School Kids Against the Nazis – a 70s schools campaign against racism

At the same time that the Anti-Nazi League and Rock Against Racism were organising monster carnivals against the extreme right wing National Front in 1978, a group called School Kids Against the Nazis (SKAN) emerged. Leaflets were distributed in our school and I still have this copy.

The message was that if the NF ever got into power then a lot of our favourite pop stars would be deported for being black, Asian or having one or both parents from outside the UK. It was a simple theme but resonated at the time. I don’t recall SKAN ever being anywhere near as popular as the ANL or RAR – even with us as young teens.