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Who do We Think We Are?: Imagining the New Britain Hardcover – 27 Apr 2000
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Regular columnist for the Independent, Yasmin Alibai-Brown's Who Do We Think We Are: Imagining the New Britain is a collection of overlapping essays covering a wide range of topics from the history of race-relations, immigration policy, education, liberal politics and feminism. Her guiding focus threads the concept of citizenship with the creation of an historically aware sense of national identity to which we can all ideally subscribe.
The real strength of the book can be found in the details-- not just the Historical detail concerning immigration, demographics, and social policy which is the backbone of the book--but the concrete present-day concerns of the individuals Brown interviews. Brown's spiritual home is the political left, so expect a swipe at the exclusionary tactics of the white male establishment and calls for the reform of British institutions. However, the analysis is sometimes hamstrung by the racial and ethnic categorisations she works with which are not always helpful for thinking through political questions of justice and citizenship.
What's unusual and important about this book is that Brown has the refreshing habit of dropping in unpalatable home truths about certain factions of the political left. "Feminists" Brown tells us, "need to stop regarding theirs as the only valid issue in the world". Of anti-racist initiatives we hear that "far too many inept and furious people got into racism awareness and anti-racist training ... and did more damage than if they had left the issue untouched" Who Do We Think We Are? a well written, astute, and provocative book. It is guaranteed to earn Brown some new friends and perhaps a few new enemies too. --Larry Brown
More than half a century after the large-scale migration of visible communities to the United Kingdom, a movement which brought not only the excitement of new foods and music, ideas and art, but different social functions and a diferent sense of history, indigneous Britons are still grappling with the implications of these altered contours of society. In a direct investigation of both the private and public spheres of British life, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown asks difficult questions and posits some complex responses to interpret the massive transformations and realities of Britain today.See all Product description
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Being an ethnic Brit in Britain today is just like asking yourself a similar question again and again and again and again until you lose sight of where you are in the maze of thoughts that question stirs up within you, to see an obvious way out only to then realize you cannot voice any thought or opinion on the matter for fear of breaking "Hate Speech Regulations" You then realize you are in a Mental Prison. Unable to speak freely for fear of social ostracism, losing your job and friends. But to still SEE what is happening all around you; Where I live Somalian migrants had a gun battle in the street with Kurdish migrants over who owns that area for drug dealing. MY home area, just a few weeks ago, here in the UK where guns are supposed to be 'illegal' They say on TV it's a "Syrian Crisis" Yet I see boat loads of Africans on the News? We have "Affirmative Action" Laws designed specifically with the purpose of hiring less "white people" Isn't that descrimination? I've lost count of how many acid attack cases I've read about recently, was that happening in the UK before the "cultural enrichment" How about the soldiers being abducted near Army bases? How about "random attacks" against ethnic Europeans with knives and other weapons happening constantly.
But I'm in a unique position. Because I know what is really going on and now so will you. Go and type into a search engine these words: "UN Replacement Migration"
Then find the UN website links. Read them. Realize the ramifications of this agenda politically, economically, socially, culturally of literally replacing ethnic Europeans all over Europe with Middle Eastern and African populations. You know this will eventually result in a Civil War. But remember... You better not say anything because you are 'white' and to talk about the planned destruction of your society and people via willfully planned mass migration. Well. That would be breaking "Hate Speech Regulations" now wouldn't it? You might even go to a real prison to add to the mental one. If you need to double check my sources, please do so. Go to the EU parliament website and type "Replacement Migration" there. Read about them coming up with excuses on how to implememnt it, right from the Horses mouth. Goodbye.
Nevertheless, it was an good book read.