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Douglas A. Lorimer

. Abolitionist origins The term ‘colour prejudice’ had the longest historical ancestry originating in the last half of the eighteenth century with the challenge to the introduction of racial slavery into England and with the campaign against the slave trade. In its origins the language of prejudice was diffident and uncertain in its use. In his life-long labours in

in Science, race relations and resistance
BBC television and Black Britons

This book provides an institutional case study of the BBC Television Service, as it undertook the responsibility of creating programmes that addressed the impact of black Britons, their attempts to establish citizenship within England and subsequent issues of race relations and colour prejudice. Beginning in the 1930s and into the post millennium, the book provides a historical analysis of policies invoked, and practices undertaken, as the Service attempted to assist white Britons in understanding the impact of African-Caribbeans on their lives, and their assimilation into constructs of Britishness. Management soon approved talks and scientific studies as a means of examining racial tensions, as ITV challenged the discourses of British broadcasting. Soon after, BBC 2 began broadcasting, and more issues of race appeared on the TV screens, each reflecting sometimes comedic, somewhat dystopic, often problematic circumstances of integration. In the years that followed, however, social tensions, such as those demonstrated by the Nottingham and Notting Hill riots, led to transmissions that included a series of news specials on Britain's Colour Bar, and docudramas, such as A Man From the Sun, which attempted to frame the immigrant experience for British television audiences, but from the African-Caribbean point of view. Subsequent chapters include an extensive analysis of television programming, along with personal interviews. Topics include current representations of race, the future of British television, and its impact upon multiethnic audiences. Also detailed are the efforts of Black Britons working within the British media as employees of the BBC, writers, producers and actors.

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‘The greatest difficulty in the British Empire’ (1900–14)
Douglas A. Lorimer

. Within these colonial societies racial conflicts seemed endemic both from the colour prejudices of dominant whites and from the assertions from persons of colour seeking to protect their autonomy or improve their status. Such conflicts threatened the construction of viable political and social entities in the multi-racial colonial world. Trained in the classics, and drawn to make

in Science, race relations and resistance
Darrell M. Newton

officer with the Colonial Office, Betts had worked closely with the West African Student Union and the League of Coloured Peoples. One of the main objects of the committee was to enlighten the British public about coloured colonial peoples, particularly those from Africa and the West Indies, and to watch for cases of colour discrimination in the newspapers, the theatre and broadcasting. An additional effort was to organise campaigns to counter colour prejudice though lectures to schools and other organisations with suitable broadcasts on the subject. The committee

in Paving the empire road
Author: Lucy Bland

This book recounts the little-known history of the mixed-race children born to black American servicemen and white British women during the Second World War. Of the three million American soldiers stationed in Britain from 1942 to 1945, about 8 per cent (240,000) were African-American; the latter’s relationships with British women resulted in the birth of an estimated 2,000 babies. The African-American press named these children ‘brown babies’; the British called them ‘half-castes’. Black GIs, in this segregated army, were forbidden to marry their white girlfriends. Up to half of the mothers of these babies, faced with the stigma of illegitimacy and a mixed-race child, gave their children up for adoption. The outcome for these children tended to be long-term residency in children’s homes, sometimes followed by fostering and occasionally adoption, but adoption societies frequently would not take on ‘coloured’ children, who were thought to be ‘too hard to place’. There has been minimal study of these children and the difficulties they faced, such as racism in a (then) very white Britain, lack of family or a clear identity. Accessibly written and illustrated with numerous photographs, this book presents the stories of over forty of these children. While some of the accounts of early childhood are heart-breaking, there are also many uplifting narratives of finding American fathers and gaining a sense of self and of heritage.

Race, locality and resistance
Author: Shirin Hirsch

Fifty years ago Enoch Powell made national headlines with his 'Rivers of Blood' speech, warning of an immigrant invasion in the once respectable streets of Wolverhampton. This local fixation brought the Black Country town into the national spotlight, yet Powell's unstable relationship with Wolverhampton has since been overlooked. Drawing from oral history and archival material, this book offers a rich local history through which to investigate the speech, bringing to life the racialised dynamics of space during a critical moment in British history. What was going on beneath the surface in Wolverhampton and how did Powell's constituents respond to this dramatic moment? The research traces the ways in which Powell's words reinvented the town and uncovers highly contested local responses. While Powell left Wolverhampton in 1974, the book returns to the city to explore the collective memories of the speech that continue to reverberate. In a contemporary period of new crisis and division, examining the shadow of Powell allows us to reflect on racism and resistance from 1968 to the present day.

Bussing, race and urban space, 1960s–80s
Author: Olivier Esteves

In 1960–62, a large number of white autochthonous parents in Southall became very concerned that the sudden influx of largely non-Anglophone Indian immigrant children in local schools would hold back their children’s education. It was primarily to placate such fears that ‘dispersal’ (or ‘bussing’) was introduced in areas such as Southall and Bradford, as well as to promote the integration of mostly Asian children. It consisted in sending busloads of immigrant children to predominantly white suburban schools, in an effort to ‘spread the burden’. This form of social engineering went on until the early 1980s. This book, by mobilising local and national archival material as well as interviews with formerly bussed pupils in the 1960s and 1970s, reveals the extent to which dispersal was a flawed policy, mostly because thousands of Asian pupils were faced with racist bullying on the playgrounds of Ealing, Bradford, etc. It also investigates the debate around dispersal and the integration of immigrant children, e.g. by analysing the way some Local Education Authorities (Birmingham, London) refused to introduce bussing. It studies the various forms that dispersal took in the dozen or so LEAs where it operated. Finally, it studies local mobilisations against dispersal by ethnic associations and individuals. It provides an analysis of debates around ‘ghetto schools’, ‘integration’, ‘separation’, ‘segregation’ where quite often the US serves as a cognitive map to make sense of the English situation.

Noni Jabavu, an unconventional South African in London
Andrea Thorpe

French Riviera, she writes: Marvellous Menton – for even momentarily taking my mind off London's ‘hot’ money houha, ‘dear’ money doldrums, ‘crisis’ Bank rate, Sir Cyril ‘Speculating’ Osborne (‘if 50,000 West Indians a year come to live in Britain, what of vice, health? But of course this is not colour prejudice’!), bingo, slump in steel, The Rhine Army – ‘Exercise Spearpoint’… (Jabavu 1962a : 101) In a list of

in South African London
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Darrell M. Newton

relations and colour prejudice. Beginning in the 1930s and into the twenty-first century, I provide a historical analysis of policies invoked and practices undertaken as the Service attempted to assist White Britons in understanding the impact of African-Caribbeans, and their assimilation into constructs of Britishness. Management soon approved talks and scientific studies as a means of examining racial tensions, though not in Britain itself.14 As ITV challenged the discourses of British broadcasting, and BBC2 began broadcasting in 1964, more issues of racial relations

in Paving the empire road
Steven Fielding

the ‘British way of life’. As suggested in Chapter 1, this outlook was informed by a historically entrenched colour prejudice, for white immigrants far outnumbered black immigrants, but it would be simplistic to describe it as racist. Numerous surveys suggested that much white antipathy was conditional; those in the party who took its commitment to brotherhood seriously dearly hoped that this was true. Thus, a regular columnist in Socialist Commentary argued it was not immigrants’ colour that antagonised 139 fielding ch 6.P65 139 10/10/03, 12:35 140 Fielding

in The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1