The Past And Present Treatment Of Ethnic Minorities In Britain

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The Past and Present Treatment of Ethnic Minorities in Britain For this assigment I will be looking at the past and present
treatments of the ethnic minorities in Britain. I will also prove or
disprove my hypothesis, of which is: 'The arrival of various ethinic
minority groups in Britain over the past 60 years, has created a more
tolerant and multicultural society today? Do you argree?' The eithnic
minority group I will be looking at are the black carrabiens. I will
be focusing on what led to Britain becoming a multicultural society,
how the ethnic minority groups were treated and why and the influences
of ethnic minority culture on the British society. finally I will
include a conclusion which will include my opinion on what i find
'hopeful' and 'disturbing' aspects of being in a multicultural

During the late 1940's and the early 1950's (after the end of World
War Two) Black carrabiens were encouraged to come from their
homeland-the carrabien to come and work for Britain. This later
evolved into people from other countries coming to work in Britian,
e.g. India, Bangladesh, Sri-lanka and many more Asian countries.
Britian's economy was doing so well but there was a shortage of
workers. This was one of the reasons why Britain wanted people to
immigrate to Britain. in 1948 the nationality act was made, this meant
that all people from the former national colonies and the British
commonwealth citizens had a right to enter Britain. This encouraged
many Blacks (from the empire) to enter Britain.

Many young and ambitious young hopefuls jumped at this opputunity and
grabbed it. Without a doubt people thought that this would give a much
better and wealthier lile, especially for their children and
generations to come. Timothy Cooper was just one of the thousands of
West Indians who fled to Britain. despite having a cramped journey,
when Timothy saw Britain in sight, his eyes opened and jolted and he
thought the journey had been well worth it. (Information about Timothy
cooper taken from Modern Minds - the Twenty first century world.) The
black carrabieins expectations were so high that they couldn't even
think of the worst of what could happen.

In June 1948 the SS Empire Windrush had just arrived in Britain. The
press and the cinema news reels gave them a mighty warm welcome. One
newparper article from the 'Manchester Guardian' in 23rd June 1948
said, 'one of them looked over the unlovely town to the grey-green
field behond and said, "If this is England, I like it." A good omen
perhaps.' This article is saying that Britain is not that great, but
it looks great to those who arrive. Members of the public were very
discriminating, judgemental, unfair and racist towards the

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