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This white paper doesn’t ‘change the debate’ It treats migrants as things | Maya Goodfellow | Opinion | The Guardian
Migrants, a label largely reserved for people racialised as “other”, are marked out as unwanted or constructed as threats to the nation, jobs or public service. Politicians believe that if they claim these lies as truths and then take the “right” action (which usually amounts to fewer rights for people coming into the country), they will deliver what people want – as if they haven’t said that a million times over, and as if for decades there haven’t been successive, often racist, immigration acts to address peoples’ “legitimate concerns”. They do the same thing over and over again and they expect different results. In the meantime peoples’ lives are ruined.

The long-term political fallout from Windrush was never going to be a fitting response to the size of the issue politicians have helped create with their consistent demonisation and scapegoating of migrants. Amber Rudd, who resigned as home secretary over her mishandling of the fallout from Windrush, has floated back into the cabinet – that should serve as a reminder that beyond bad headlines, there was no real accountability for what happened.

It’s not that “nothing has changed” since Windrush; it’s that not enough has. Immigration is not, and has never been, a problem; the real issue is that people were told it was, and that there’s very little sign of that changing any time soon.
UK  immigration  WhitePaper  salaries  threshold  skills  migrants  dehumanisation  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=GoodfellowMaya 
december 2018 by petej
The white working class is another form of identity politics
Focussing solely on the white working class in the wake of Brexit and Trump will not redress society’s problems; it will not even try to sort out poverty among white people. The fetishisation of the white working class helps reaffirm the racial hierarchy and stamp out forms of dissent voiced by people of colour, LGBTQ communities and other minorities. We should not pretend that it is anything else.
UK  USA  Brexit  TrumpDonald  race  class  workingClass  identityPolitics  KinnockStephen  racism  xenophobia  multiculturalism  dctagged  dc:creator=GoodfellowMaya 
august 2017 by petej

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