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Essay-Multicultural Britain For this assignment I will be looking at the past and present treatments of ethnic minority groups in Britain. I will also prove or disprove my hypothesis, of which is: 'the arrival of various ethnic minority groups in Britain over the past 60 years, has created a more tolerant and multicultural society today? Do you agree?' The ethnic minority group I will be looking at are the Afro-Caribbean's. 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 own opinion on what I find 'hopeful' and 'disturbing' aspects of being in a multicultural society. During the late 1940's and the early 1950's (after the end of World War Two), Afro-Caribbean's were encouraged to come from their homeland (the Caribbean) to come and work for Britain. This later evolved into people from other countries coming to work in Britain, e.g. India, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka and many more Asian countries. Britain'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 opportunity and grabbed it. ...read more.


So these laws didn't mean anything to them unless they were caught. People who weren't very violent and had something to loose if they were arrested would've taken these new laws into consideration. So these laws didn't completely stop racism. Lord Scarman who was a senior judge made some very good recommendations to stop racial violence. He suggested that schools should help educate about different cultures to help understand each others history, background and culture. He also recommended that positive action should be taken to help ethnic minorities get housing and jobs and racial prejudice should stop in police services. Lord Scarman's recommendations helped people realise that racial discrimination was a very serious problem in Britain. Problems and issues still didn't disappear even until 1990. In 1993 the murder inquiry of a Black teenager, Stephen Lawrence created havoc and led to a big campaign of justice. The metropolitan police were accused of failing to carry out a proper investigation and professional misconduct. The government then promised a drastic change in the laws to fight racism. The media took a big role in the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, which helped get the message across about racism still occurring in policing. Many efforts were being made during the 1980's and the 1990's to encourage people from ethnic backgrounds to take on professional jobs. Again the media took a big role in this. Job advertisements were released, some looking for 'Black lawyers' or 'Ethnic minority business development.' These were positive changes towards racial discrimination because; black people were now receiving chances and opportunities that they'd never been offered before. ...read more.


If we weren't living in a multicultural society then there would be less cultures and this would mean less culture clashes on our streets. Overall I think that everybody should respect each others culture and nobody should prejudge someone. Some positive aspects which I find 'hopeful' about living in a multicultural society is that different cultures and upbringing mean that people could learn more about how other people live and what their beliefs are. They could also discover new findings of each others religions. If we only had one culture n Britain, everyone would be classed the same and nobody is the same, we are all unique. No one would be then able to learn anything about anyone else. Although everybody's unique, we should still be considered as equal. As a multicultural society, it should really bring the community closer together rather then discriminating against each other. Looking back at my hypothesis I think that, the fact we live in a multicultural society has slightly led to a more tolerant and harmonious society but mostly led to more violence, crime and discrimination. I think that Britain is gradually developing into a more tolerant and harmonious society. If you look back in the 1950's when the Afro-Caribbean's first entered Britain, everyone was directly racist and black people never had a chance of a decent life then. Now black people can be and are a success because they've been given the opportunity. The negative aspects outweigh the positive aspects of living in a multicultural society. In my opinion, racial discrimination will never ever stop anywhere in the world, but it will slowly decrease. ...read more.

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