The future of a multicultural Britain, as a young Black Caribbean man in a post Brexit world is indeed a minefield of uncertainty, with few safe zones to occupy and even less routes for progression and “social mobility”. Truthfully, I wonder just how bad the entrenched racism that plagues our institutions, society, economic and otherwise, will be exacerbated by the xenophobic thrust that has brought about Brexit.
The murder of MP Jo cox by a White Supremacist just before our vote on EU membership, coupled with the rise of hate crimes then and since is indicative of things to come. I ask that if a white MP can be murdered by a White Supremacist, then Black and Asian MPs who face a barrage of abhorrent abuse such as Dianne Abbot, must be protected by society. The brazen upsurge of a rhetoric of ‘otherness’ will be new and shocking to some, though unsurprising to the Windrush generation and their
We must question why 70% of African-Caribbean boys in London left school with fewer than five or more GCSEs at the top grades of A* – C or equivalent as revealed by the Guardian. Why are we the least likely of any group to have a degree? Over represented in prisons, more than 10 times likely to be stopped and searched and when some of us, such as myself defy the statistics are then discriminated in hiring practices and pay?
Racial capitalism and the illusion of inclusion, where people who buck the trend are exceptions that prove the rule is the status quo. It is my hope that Britain renews its drive for the principles of equity and true justice, where the system will allow all its dispossessed to fulfil their human potential and aspire to be what they will.
Romario McCalla St Luce, at the time of writing this I just turned 24! I am a recent graduate having read Politics & History at Brunel University London. Based in Harlesden North-West London, which is an area with a deep-rooted Afro-Caribbean community. I wrote my dissertation thesis on the history of our peoples’ relation to the British state – “A Social and Political analysis of Caribbean migration to Britain c.1948-1965”, which was a fulfilling project marked by many challenging and exciting revelations, marking the first in what will be a lifelong endeavour to honour the strength of legacy that the Windrush generation gifted to us and undoubtedly the nation at large.
My grandparents emigrated to the metropole, from the islands of Jamaica and St Lucia in the 1950s and 1960s for which I and we all owe a great deal.