National Monument Unveiled In London In Tribute To Caribbean Migrants

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Last week Prince William and his wife, Kate, unveiled a national monument in London in recognition of the Caribbean migrants who helped rebuild Britain after the Second World War.

The monument, featuring a man, woman, and child standing atop suitcases, is at London’s Waterloo train station.

William said in an address to the unveiling ceremony that thousands who journeyed to Britain in the post-war era faced racism, an issue that still affects their descendants.

“Discrimination remains an all too familiar experience for Black men and women in Britain in 2022,” he declared.

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And the Prince referred to what has become widely known as the Windrush Scandal.

“Only a matter of years ago tens of thousands of that generation were profoundly wronged by the Windrush Scandal that widely reverberates throughout the Caribbean Community, here in the UK as well as in many Caribbean nations,” he observed.

Between 1948 and 1973, the British government called on colonies to send workers amid post-war labor shortages.

The new immigrants were called the “Windrush generation” after the Empire Windrush, the ship that brought the first 500 migrants to British shores in 1948.

But in 2018, the Windrush scandal revealed that thousands of Caribbean migrants who had lived and worked legally in the U.K. for decades were subject to tough new rules designed to crack down on illegal immigration.

The UK Home Office wrongly deported some.

“Alongside celebrating the diverse fabric of our families, our communities and our society as a whole, something the Windrush generation has contributed so much to, it is also important to acknowledge the ways in which the future they sought and deserved is yet to come to pass,” William stated.

Floella Benjamin, the Windrush Commemoration Committee Chair, said the monument at the Waterloo train station would be a ‘shining beacon as we nagivate the paths towards diversity Nirvana.’

“Diversity Nirvana is what we all crave for. Every single speech you’ve heard today has said the same thing. We want to work together, live together in peace and harmony. Right the wrongs that have happened and we will get there by being optimistic, being brave and (facing) the challenges face-on,” Benjamin declared.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Agreed reparations for the families that broke their backs to contributed to the rise in power of Britain. It’s about time what good is a monument when these families are being subjected to racial disparities. Bottom of the barrel let’s make changes in the system. Their ancestors probably rolling in their Graves after all this sacrifices Building Britain and their kids are still being treated as second class citizens .

  2. I went to the U.K. in 1958 got married there my first two boys were born in London. I will not tell you of what I experienced for it is best left alone. I was glad the day I left and never looked back. I made a couple visits on my way to Europe, nothing ever changes, do I want any reparations? never. I have friends there with their homes, enjoying Pension good luck to them, my grand children some graduated and the little ones are headed to University this Fall, I was glad when I left England and I don’t want to talk about it. The Lord have done great things for me, great is His Holy Name. Amen.

  3. The money it took to build this monument should have been given to it people and the gold and other valuables handed back to it people the money hidden in banks that belongs to the people for generations so we all live comfortably that what will make us accept and acknowledge your apology on behalf of your forefathers

  4. Where were the royal family when our constitutional rights were taken walk on and this experiment injection was forced on the people of the Caribbean who are part of the commonwealth islands they never did anything to protect they own citizens of the United Kingdom much less financial aid to the queen chain islands this is a trick and set up to forget the wrongs did to us we must never for get history or it repeats itself

  5. This “tokenism” should have been done after all those affected by the “Windrush” scandal have been compensated. Bad timing.

  6. and yet still some of you white people hate and discriminate us black people when it was our blood sweat and tears that helped rebuild Britain after the Second World War because your lazy behinds were to lazy to do it cause you wanted to sit in your big houses and estates drinking tea and playing polo acting all bouje.

  7. Who cares about their monument… All they do is to remind us of the difficult times we went through and continue to experience in the very same country we helped to build.
    Why didn’t they award citizenship to those they repatriated with no criminal records
    Bunch of racist hypocrite white people.

  8. Extreme views on either side of the story is what causes this cancer called Racism – it works both ways. Yes of course there should be Reparations in some form, and sometimes ‘tokenism’ has the impact of informing people about a history they didn’t know. It may inspire them to think differently and maybe even to act upon it! Can’t blame people for a history they were (deliberately) not told… Yet when those with good intentions try, they are howled down! Perhaps a more balanced perspective from both sides is the way to go within this contemporary context, and not carry the hate – that leads nowhere good.

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