The 1950’s to 70’s containment of the coloured in Britain still hinders the coloured success


The coloured community still suffer the discrimination their fathers endured in Britain which hindered their progress. The labelling of black as a cultural threat to the British culture is a tactics that has been used by the ruling class over decades. The black riot was deemed as evidence of their failure to adjust into the British culture (democracy) this accusation didn’t begin with the blacks neither is it going to rest with them. The tactics has been in practice since the 20’s on the anti-Irish and anti-Semitic disparities. This theme does not confine to the threat of culture and democracy differences; it encompasses morality and health which was believed to be the major influence of the 50’s moral panic. Two under age white girls were reported by a local Birmingham paper in 1956 to have been found in the house of coloured men’s house. As a result these girls were ordered to be put in care as they are believed to be in’ moral danger’. At this stage the question can’t coloured people take care of children? Are the coloured so evil that they always do evil things and as such can’t live in peace with any other race except their children?
Even if there has been an incident where coloured people have maltreated white children, can this be justification that all coloured people are molesters and abusers, and also isn’t there a situation where white men have abused coloured people? A smallpox scare in 1961 within the Pakistani community was also deemed as their failure to meet the British health and safety requirement and as such they are murky which escalated a scaremongering among the whites into getting close contact with the Pakistanis. This shows how myopic memory we have when the whites wanted to take the American land from the Indians where they infested 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 in the easy spreading among the Pakistanis. The threat shifted from moral panic to material panic in the 60’s, that coloured people posed threat in terms of housing and jobs which was recorded in the Dench et al’s New East End. This was evidently exposed in the 70’s as most of the law and order laws were focused on the infiltrating in the privacy of the coloured (Blacks) which 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) the economic crisis and the black unemployment which is assumed to have culminated in crime has been deemed as the enemy within.
It is true that behind every moral panic there is a percentage of truth in it, it can’t be ruled out that the emigrants did not conform with the British lifestyle in terms of culture, health socialisation etc. in the early days of their arrival, yet it could be argued that the British ruling class stereotypical stance towards the coloured had been extreme and has continue till today where the coloured apart from the Indians who felt they have to compromise and comply with the suppression have been given the least immediate opportunities. The commons who felt their human right has been tarnished and suppress (Blacks, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis) and as such cannot heed to the oppression have still been relegated to the lower class strata of class stratification.
This country is common property for those who reside in it and as such should have the right to equally enjoy it as anyone else who comes from Britain. Due to the enclosure of certain commons, we are poised to ask ourselves that how many coloured people have been given the opportunity to be ministers. And how many coloured have been stopped and searched in the UK for the past 12months in proportion to the percentage of coloured people and whites in the country. Something is wrong somewhere and this blog can whole heartedly claim that the coloured in this country have been denied their common right into successful living.


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