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Integrating black immigrants

Steven Fielding

in The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719043642
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719043642.003.0006
Integrating black immigrants

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This chapter takes up the issue of black immigration and establishes the party's dilemma, given both its commitment to integration and its need to retain the support of prejudiced white voters. Many Labour members thought the growing presence of black immigrants in Britain's towns and cities was problematic. Moreover, the presumed dire electoral implications of rising numbers of black people encouraged party leaders to support controls to appease prejudice. However, consistent with Labour's commitment to equality, ministers also promoted measures that challenged white opinion, while some activists and officials enthusiastically advanced the policy of integration. Overall, however, black immigration was an issue Labour was ill prepared to address and one many wished would disappear as quickly as possible.

Keywords: black immigration; white voters; Labour; prejudice; Britain; integration; equality

Chapter.  11722 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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