Race Riots Erupt in London (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: Race riots erupt in London, revealing racial tensions that have been simmering in English cities and establishing race as a significant political issue for the future.
Summary of Event
After World War II, British Commonwealth citizens began to immigrate to the British Isles, and because they held British passports, no restriction on their entry was legally possible. Most decided to move for economic reasons, believing that their employment opportunities would be significantly improved in what they had been taught for generations was the home country. Many of these citizens were nonwhite, the largest numbers being from the West Indies, India, and Pakistan. The immigrants, particularly the West Indians, were sincerely shocked to find that they were not welcomed. In the 1950’s, the numbers of nonwhites grew rapidly but were never large by American standards. In 1951, there were approximately 15,000 West Indians in England and Wales out of a total nonwhite population of 74,500. The latter figure had more than quadrupled to 336,600 by 1961 and the proportion of West Indians in the nonwhite population to about half. In the same period, the total population had grown from 43,759,000 to 46,106,000. Clearly nonwhites were not demographically significant, but they were concentrated in particular districts of major cities, especially London.
The initial discontent about immigration revolved around...
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