The death of George Floyd has outraged the world. People shared their outrage and solidarity through memes, hashtags, quotes, educational resources and the BLM campaign, others shared evidence of mirrored institutional racism in the UK. But I saw little discussion of the UK’s attitude to immigration. Why is this not included in the conversation?
Understanding the overlap between George Floyd’s death and attitudes towards immigration in the UK involves discussing Britain’s colonial past. Britain justified its domination, exploitation and enslavement of people by setting up a self-other distinction between coloniser and colonised – and this applies to all European colonisation.