Sadly racism is still rife in the UK, and immigrants face hardships everyday. We've composed an anonymous blog of some of the inequalities faced by racial minorities in the UK:
The UK Government Split Up My Family Because We Were Immigrants.
When I was 10 my parents decided we would move back to England from Peru, the only problem being my mom did no longer have a visa, so she applied for the family visa. You see the Conservatives promised to prioritise families, thus family visas but as I later found out this was not the case. At the airport, my mom had promised that it would only be a few months until we would see her again, but it ended up being more like 2 years. Her visa failed to go through as the government came up with excuses such as your marriage is a fake, your children are not real, when this was not true and we had lots of evidence we had presented. My dad said on the visa application that they were breaching our right to a family life, they responded by saying that it was our choice to separate our family but they did not give us this choice as school was about to begin and my parents did not want me to miss out on my education. In school, I was misunderstood by the other kids as they thought I was weird but that was because they did not know what I was going through due to a lack of teaching on the matter.
I experienced many racist microagressions whilst at school.
I’ve actually been very lucky with my experiences as a mixed-race ethnic minority living in the UK. I haven’t experienced direct racism, and I feel fortunate for that. But microaggressions, I’ve experienced many. Teachers at school mixing me up with my best friend because we were virtually the only brown girls in the class, or failing to try to learn to pronounce my name. Once, the supply teacher decided to call me and two other BAME girls by the first letters of our name only, simply because she thought she’d never be able to pronounce our names. People in my form took on this phase once where they were almost mocking Mahatma Gandhi, and everytime they brought him up I would feel so uncomfortable. I wanted to tell them that their chants were disrespectful and insulting to the fight he took against British colonialism, but I just didn’t have the confidence to do so. And that was in secondary school, when I’d met friends who encouraged me to express my cultural identity. I remember in primary school, I never really talked about my Indian half of the family. Looking back, I had no need to feel ashamed - but it was this lack of cultural diversity in school that saw me try to hide away my true sense of self. BAME children experience racist microaggressions everyday because their classmates have not been taught a racially inclusive curriculum, which is why I support changing the curriculum to include racial history and immigration.
People automatically assume that because I can speak Spanish, I am automatically mexican, associating me and others with Pablo Escobar or the drug-trafficking trade, or asking if I have had my tacos for breakfast. It is the small, but sharp daily insults to me and my own identity that made me want to campaign for immigration and racism to be taught in schools in the UK. It is vital that we eradicate these stereotypes and create an environment where we can all be proud of who we are. When I was in primary school, I never wanted to speak spanish or tell anyone I did because I was afraid to be excluded from my friends or made fun of. Now, I just embrace my culture and my identity, never being afraid of who I really am. Changing the curriculum is vital, and it all starts today.