Friday, December 3

Exploring the British – in pictures | Photography


Tanya costa

Tanya costa

I am a gypsy by birth, but I have never been considered a gypsy woman, because I have always been with foster parents and foster homes, which is why I am considered a normal white woman. When I was 16, I decided to leave my community because I didn’t like the rules. I was supposed to leave Portugal when I was 17, but my mother refused, so when I was 26 I came to England. The UK gave me the opportunity to have a new life, especially with my baby. I am a different person, I think differently. I want to explore the country more in the future. I want to raise my daughter in this country, in the right way, and teach her how to deal with people: not to be rude, not to be violent, but at the same time defend herself if someone does something wrong to her.

Jack tully

Jack tully

When people ask me where I’m from, my answer hasn’t changed since I was five years old. I’m from London and Scotland, not English or British. Scottish. Celebrating my Scottish character has been easy. I am a white boy. Ask this question to the Muslim children in my class, the Iranian family who lived next door, or the second-generation Jamaican family whose son I played soccer with, and you will get a different answer. We have taken steps backward, not forward, when we speak of identity and difference. Britain seeks to return to some form of colonial nationalism, when Britannia ruled the waves and raped and plundered her way through pretty close to the entire planet.

Joy Itumu

Joy Itumu

My experiences of being a young black woman in this country have shaped my understanding and opinions. I think that is why I am very interested in holding onto my Kenyan heritage and values ​​in a practical and intentional way. I visit Kenya frequently, I still speak Swahili and Kimbeere and keep up to date with current events. The black British population is very diverse and I think we have a lot to offer. I continue to feel that we are intentionally marginalized, symbolized, and disproportionately underrepresented, even though our culture is imitated throughout the Western world. I think black people want leadership: they want to be represented. That’s what it means to be a black Brit, especially in the Brexit era. When I see a black Brit succeeding or a pioneer, I’m like, “Wow,” because they’ve made it, probably with big obstacles in their way. It’s something special to be a black Brit.

Naqeeb Saide

Naqeeb Saide

I left Jalalabad in Afghanistan four and a half years ago to come to the UK. My family chose the UK for me because my brother was already here and they knew he would take care of me. I think it is important to go with a host family when you arrive. They help you learn the language, teach you the culture, and show you how to talk to people. Most of the people who come here want to work hard to build a new life and contribute to the country. We just want a safe roof over our heads. When I first arrived, I tried to learn everything I could, do new things, and meet new people. It is difficult for us when we do not have our family. If people gave us a chance, we could show that we are educated and talented and we can contribute to this country.

Christine Zhou

Christine Zhou

For me my home has been Beijing because I was born there, Toronto because I grew up there, Montreal because I found myself there, Paris because my godmother lives there, Shanghai because they are my grandmother’s people, and now Todmorden because it reminds me of my true self here. They say home is where the heart is. For me, home is where the wind takes me and now it has taken me to Todmorden. It’s not just about where your heart is, but also a sense of belonging and contributing something meaningful to the place you call home. And that takes time, kindness and courage. I don’t feel like I’m completely there yet, but I feel comfortable living here in the moors and hills. I have found love, kindness and courage in the people who live here and little by little I am making friends for life.

Krishnarine Lalla

Krishnarine Lalla

I am of Indian ethnicity, nationally Trinidadian but now British. My grandparents came from India as contract laborers to replace African slaves when slavery was abolished. Contract work is another form of slavery. It still exists today. I left Trinidad in 1960 with my wife and daughter on a boat, the Marques de Comillasand landed at Southampton in heavy fog. I believe that immigrants have contributed a lot to this country, socially, financially and especially in the health service. When we arrived, we accepted jobs that no one else wanted to do. There were many people who came from the West Indies specifically to train as nurses, starting at the bottom rung to get their qualifications. Today the NHS is taking in people as fully trained nurses.

Empress Zaudith Ishuah

Empress Zaudith Ishuah

I grew up in a predominantly black ethnic minority community in Handsworth, Birmingham. It was a time of black consciousness and I was gaining more knowledge about myself as a black woman living here in the UK. Growing up in this community helped shape that awareness to gain insight about myself, my culture, and to develop skills. I became more interested in my African heritage. According to the British categorization, I would be Afro-Caribbean, but above all I am a proud black African. Black Lives Matter in the UK is calling on the government to end racial discrimination, decolonize the curriculum and implement measures to protect children at risk of racial discrimination and bullying, as well as to investigate health disparities. These are things that obviously need to be addressed, but we must look for the root of the problem. We are not addressing the root of the problem because we are always treating the symptom rather than the root itself. The root goes back to history. Until certain crude realizations of the truth and admissions begin to unravel some of the serious damage that has already been done, racial injustice will always continue.

Louis Beckett

Louis Beckett

I grew up in Ancoats, Newton Heath, just down Moston Street in Manchester. The north has always been treated differently from the south and has gotten worse with those in power now. They are disconnected from reality, much less from the north. I think they are on another planet, you know. They live in this world where money is above everything, profits above everything and money is hidden. I don’t think they speak for any of us right now, and I think the whole of the UK is embracing the working class way of thinking. Not just the working class but their own way of thinking. In the next elections, these people cannot go back in, in any way.

Celeste Bell

Celeste Bell

I wasn’t born rich, far from it, but I spent my early years in a beautiful bubble outside of London. I grew up in an intentional community, known in the vernacular as a commune. Inspired by Eastern philosophy, the founders of our community attempted to recreate Vedic-era India in the English countryside. I felt like an alien in the Great Britain of the nineties. My mother had felt the same way in the 1950s and 1960s, being of mixed heritage in a time when racial mixing was considered a sin. And I hope my Somali grandfather felt the same way back in the 1940s, when he set foot on our shores. The post-commune life in South London was hard to get used to. As soon as I was able to get out of Britain, I did. I suppose I have never formed a close enough bond with the country of my birth. For me, Britain is more like my absent father, someone I see at Christmas and birthdays, someone I don’t really know, someone who doesn’t really know me. I found a kind of comfort in being truly foreign.

Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE

Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE

I am a European Jew and my ancestors have lived in Europe for thousands of years. My father’s parents came to the UK in the late 1930s from Austria and were very grateful to find refuge on these shores. My mother came with the Kindertransport at the age of 10, from Vienna, after her parents were assassinated by the Nazis. Being a member of a minority is, to some extent, a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you are seen as an outsider, as not really British, even though I am third generation. But on the other hand, being a member of a minority gives one a special perspective than those whom one may not notice. Being Jewish in the UK is a great blessing in my opinion, because the UK is a very tolerant society in general.

Stina fisher

Stina fisher

My mother is from a small town in Germany and my father was born here and moved to Scotland with his family for a time. When people ask me about my nationality, I don’t know whether to say Scottish or German. Although I know I don’t feel British. I’m Scottish and German, but it’s a bit confusing which to say. It also bothered me when I recently got my British passport because I didn’t want one, but we decided I should have one just in case. People always say that it is great to have a mixed nationality and to be bilingual, and I agree: I am very lucky because I basically have two houses. I have citizenship here, but I also have one in Germany. I feel like I belong to both countries.

Robert Motyka

Robert Motyka

I was born in Poland and lived most of my life there. I have lived in Scotland since 2007. I constantly think about who I am in so many different contexts. I feel Polish because I love Polish culture and Polish music, so this is my main ethnicity. I’m not sure if I can call myself Scottish as I was not born here, but at the same time I can call myself Scottish artist because all my artistic experience happened here. When I consider the question of what “British” means, I think the term begins to crumble. I’m thinking: do you mean England, or do you mean Northern Ireland, or do you mean Scotland, or do you mean Wales? Because I know that English voters have different opinions than Scotland. I prefer to talk about Scotland, since I live here. I think Scotland is diverse in the sense that there are people of different origins living here, but there are also many things that were never resolved. Europeans resemble Scots so we blend in more easily, but people with darker skin still struggle with the lack of diversity in Scotland.


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