Jun 17, 2021

Photos from a history of being black and British, The Windrush generation.

Neil Kenlock one of the photographers here Wind rush Photos:

Photos from a history of being black and British, The Windrush generation...

I was collecting together some museum and archive photographs and thought I’d share them here...stories Of British black communities from the Caribbean, many of Who left their homes and families and arrived in Britain.

Since the Home Office didn’t keep proper records, or the records that they had were destroyed, it’s been difficult for immigrants from the Windrush period to prove that they’re in the UK legally. The onus to prove that they were in the UK legally before the 1971 Immigration Act came into force in 1973 has fallen on these individuals who have been required to provide four pieces of evidence for each year of residency, despite the paper trail they have left with paying National Insurance, taxes and such. Always Welcome 💚🖤💛❤️

Edit/Addendum in answer to the racist bully and coward who calls himself ‘David Hallett’ who hides/has no photo of himself… Who responded to these photos by saying that “the UK was (used to be) a racist country, that these pictures are awful, and thankfully we have moved on.”

…I disagree…overt and outright racism’ still exists… black and minority ethnic workers are still far more likely to be in low-paid, insecure jobs compared to white workers. Still a disproportionate" use of police stop and search tactics.

The latest report does not deny that institutional racism exists....and it said the commission had not discovered evidence of it in the areas it had looked. That controversial report into racial disparities in the UK attempted to “normalise white supremacy” It was a report on race and ethnicity that repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into fact, twisting data and misapplying statistics and studies into conclusory findings and ad hominem attacks on people of African descent.” It was an attempt at rejecting the lived realities of people of African descent and other ethnic minorities in the UK”. The report failed to provide any persuasive evidence for claims there was no institutional racism in the UK and instead cited dubious evidence. There was also a wilful misrepresentation” of the history of slavery.

Racism is still happening because racists feel validated. I’ll Keep calling out racists even if it upsets other racists...

I don’t believe It’s mine or yours or any of our places to pick apart claims of racism in order to make us feel more comfortable.

I’ve noticed how certain Black folks aren’t allowed to do well on these social media pages. Marcus Rashford a young working-class black footballer who ‘worked hard to better himself and who has become successful is badmouthed in some posts because he became successful and he campaigned to get free school meals for disadvantaged kids during the school holidays... and happened to show up the Tory government forcing them to make a U-turn. Because of this, a young working-class, black man is labelled by racists as an “overpaid rich man”. Then other black men are prejudged and are called “muggers drug dealers... scroungers rapists.” Double standards… Racism.

While we’re here Re footballers kneeling they don’t look any more or less stupid kneeling than those respectfully laying wreaths at the cenotaph in remembrance.. of the fallen And many have fallen Steven Lawrence for... the Kids who died in the Deptford firebombing... there are still some who would like Us Not to be allowed to kneel... unless it was/is on a black person's neck...

No to racism. Yes to Peace and justice.