In the 1970s, a political party called the National Front gained a following in England on a platform opposing non-white immigrants in the country. Their slogan: "Keep Britain White." Eric Clapton was a high-profile supporter.
After World War II, England welcomed immigrants, bringing in many from Jamaica (a British colony at the time), to help rebuild the country. They brought their musical traditions with them, and in Birmingham, some of the children of these immigrants formed the reggae band Steel Pulse. Watching the National Front rise to power was horrifying for them, so they joined The Clash and many other British bands in the Rock Against Racism effort
to oppose the group, an effective countermeasure that rallied young people to the cause.
The National Front formed in the 1960s, but about 100 years earlier, the Ku Klux Klan emerged in America on a similar platform. The Klan wore white robes and hoods, and committed heinous crimes against minorities in the name of "white power." Many in England didn't know the history of this group, which showed how the National Front could evolve. Steel Pulse brought this to light.
"It was a new political party in Britain that was all about racism, basically," David Hinds of Steel Pulse said of the National Front
in a Songfacts interview. "The head of the Ku Klux Klan was invited over to school them on how to treat immigrants and minorities."