The video above explores the breadth of racism that the Windrush Generation faced as everyday experiences, from overtly violent or discriminatory behaviour, to snide looks and verbal abuse. The experiences of subsequent generations is also discussed.

WARNING: This video contains the use of a racist term at 3:51. It has not been edited out for reasons of authenticity, and as an opportunity to introduce conversations about language, and the power of words to both harm and to heal.

Despite holding British citizenship and being encouraged to immigrate to England by the British government to help solve a labour shortage, the Windrush generation and their children were often the victims of racist abuse and negative attitudes derived from ignorance.


In 2018, Windrush was front and centre news in the UK, as the British government’s Home Office was exposed for wrongfully removing members of the Windrush generation from the UK, stating that they had no right to remain. This caused a political storm, and widespread outrage among the British public.

The subject of the Windrush generation, and immigration in general, remains a highly politicized one.

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