The Black Cultural Archives Appeal To Government Following The Windrush Disaster | Politics
A political storm has surfaced following the recent admission that a surplus of original landing cards that could have indicated the status of the citizens of Caribbean heritage, who migrated to Britain from Commonwealth nations between 1948 and 1971, were professedly destroyed by the Home Office in 2009.
Though, following such harrowing allegations, it has also emerged that many of the migrants from the ‘Windrush generation‘, who are now struggling to secure their residency in the UK, failed to apply for official documents such as a passport that would have sanctioned them as British citizens.
In the aftermath of such, and the rise of the attacks on the discriminative procedures of Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd‘s administration, the Black Cultural Archives has recently beseeched the British Government to transfer its prerogative in the handling of archival materials when Black British minorities are concerned so as to oust the potentiality of such a travesty recurring by “preserving the narratives of the people.”
The organisation, which is based in Brixton, said in a statement: “The destruction of landing cards that form part of a narrative of an entire generation and their children’s history is disheartening.”
It concluded: “The BCA must be the recognised home for such important archival material.”
More information about the Black Cultural Archives can be found on their website.