Many of those interviewed for that inquiry said they were met with “overt racism” from the local population when they arrived and were the victims of “discrimination and prejudice” for decades afterward.
“I came to this country in 1961. You just couldn’t get anywhere to live, because there was a notice on the door: ‘No Irish, no Blacks, no dogs’. It was very difficult for us,” Jamaican-born Hermine Neita, 88, tells EPA.
Faye Grant, 68, whose parents moved to the UK from Jamaica, was told by her teachers at school that she would “never amount to much.”
She describes how she was told that she was “going to end up working in a factory, so there’s no point really in having a good education.”
“And my determination was, ‘I’m going to prove you wrong’”.
Elaine Scott, 73, who was born in Jamaica, has also seen how many young Black people in the UK have been let down by the country’s institutions, whether it’s the police, the education system, or on the job market.
“At school they are often looked at as a threat rather than someone who can contribute,” she says. “Young Black men are really at a disadvantage, so they end up in the mental health or prison systems, because they are not respected or challenged at school.”