The containment of coloured people in Britain between the 1950s and 70s still hinders their success


The coloured community still suffer the discrimination their forefathers endured in Britain which hindered their progress economically, socially and in health terms. The labelling of ‘black’ as a cultural threat to the British culture is a tactic that has been used by the ruling class for decades. The black riots were considered as evidence of their failure to adjust into the British culture (democracy). This accusation did not begin with the blacks nor is it going to rest with them. These tactics has been practised since the 1920s with regard to anti-Irish and anti-Semitic disparities. This theme is not confined to the threat of differences of culture and democracy; it encompasses morality and health which were believed to be the major influence behind the fifties’ moral panic. Two under-age white girls were reported by a local Birmingham paper in 1956 to have been found in the house of some coloured men. As a result these girls were ordered to be put in care as they were believed to be in ‘moral danger’. At this stage the question was whether coloured people could take care of children; were the coloured so evil that they always did evil things and could not live in peace with any other race except their children?
Even if there had been an incident where coloured people did maltreat white children, could this be justification that all coloured people were molesters and abusers? After all, had white men not abused coloured people? A smallpox scare in 1961 within the Pakistani community was also considered their failure to meet the British health and safety requirements and, therefore, they were dirty which created scaremongering amongst the whites regarding close contact with the Pakistanis. This demonstrates the myopic memory we have because the whites wanted to take the American land from the American Indians having infected them with both small and chicken poxes. In spite of the hell the Pakistanis encountered, little was done to resolve their overcrowding housing problem which contributed to the ease of spread amongst the Pakistanis. The threat shifted from moral panic to material panic in the sixties, suggesting that coloured people posed a threat in terms of housing and jobs which was recorded in the ‘New East End’ (Dench et al). This was evidently exposed in the seventies as most of the law and order laws were focused on infiltrating the privacy of the coloureds (Blacks). Hall (et al) claims that youth and unemployment laws have been constructed upon the image of Black youth in the urban ghettos (increasing crime rate which brings political instability) including the economic crisis and black unemployment which are assumed to have culminated in crime and be deemed as the enemy within.
It is true that within every moral panic there is a percentage of truth in it. It cannot be ruled out that immigrants did not conform with the British lifestyle in areas such as culture and health socialisation in the early days of their arrival. However, it could be argued that the British ruling class’s stereotypical stance towards the coloureds had been extreme and has continued until the present day where the coloureds, apart from the Indians who felt they have to compromise and comply with the suppression, have been given the fewest immediate opportunities. The common people who felt their human rights had been tarnished and suppressed (Blacks, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis), and as such cannot halt the oppression, have still been relegated to the lowest class strata.
This country is common property for those who reside in it and as such all should have the right to equally enjoy it as much as anyone else who comes from Britain. As a result of the enclosure of certain commons, it is perhaps time to ask how many coloured people have been given the opportunity to be government ministers, and also how many coloured people have been stopped and searched in the UK within the previous twelve months in proportion to the number of coloured and white people in the country. Something is wrong somewhere and this blog can wholeheartedly claim that the coloureds in this country have been denied their common right into successful living as a result of the enclosure of certain commons which could aid their achievement.


One Response to “The containment of coloured people in Britain between the 1950s and 70s still hinders their success”

  1. ngoziokei Says:

    The labelling of “black” is seen as atactic, which is used as a cultural threat to British culture. Therefore the black riots were seen as a failure to adjust into British culture (democracy). It is very true that this accusation did not begin with blacks but also in the 1920s of anti – Irish and anti – disparities. It compasses the cognitive faculty, morality, health wise and psychologycal aspects which will affect any decision and actions taken by an lndividual/Nation, and not only confined in the threat of differences of culture and democracy of lndividuals/Nation.
    Colour should not be seen as evil, that does evil things, but putting the first thing first, having the mentality of making people to commonise and share things/ideas, in a peaceful harmonious environment together, despite differences in race, culture/tradition, religion and family background. ( both adult and children)
    It is not justified to say coloured people are molesters and abusers. What will you say about the white men, who abuses young children (both black and white) in the western world or even the “Endemic” rape and abuse of Irish children in catholic care.
    Can’t there be a healthy socialisation between two different lifestyle of people, without been relegated to the lowest class strata? We have only one life to live, one has to enjoy and benefit freely what is rightly given to us by nature, between one another in this world. We should not be denied of our common right into a successful living.
    Further more, any solutions used to solve any problem in a community, should not necessary be solved only by enclosuring the commons/common resources, but try and establish one mind set, one interest, one means and one goal/end, which can be achieved by unity (which is power), societal wellbeing, love and being honest to one another. Thankyou.

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