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Windrush Generation: history, identity and scandal

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In co-operation with the Windrush Crusade initiative, the African Caribbean Heritage Digital Archive project has filmed new oral history interviews of people affected by the Windrush Scandal. The interview questions were organised according to the subject areas of the UK Race Disparity Audit 2017 (Community, Education, Employment, Housing, Crime and policing, Criminal Justice System, Health). The interviews will start an on-line collection of Windrush generation testimonies of their experiences coming to the UK and how their rights as UK citizens have been eroded.

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Winston Carrington came to Britian from Barbados in 1958, he talked about the high quality of education he reveived back in Barbados and how the school system here in Britian failed him, he talked about the battle to settle, confronting racism and dicrimination. He talked about the care from is mother and how he seeks straight and encouragement from the elder men of Moss Side Black community, he talked about is success as a film make but raises concerns about the challenges faced by todays youths and how leaving the European Union will bring difficult challenges for the Black people of Britian.

Faye Bruce born in Chorlton from a migrant family from Jamaica and now a senior manager in the NHS, Faye talked about her early life growing up, how the stereotypical assement of black childern in the school system has a nigitive impacked on her. She talked about her experiences when she first entered the NHS as trainee nurse, the lack of support from both staff and senior management and about her determation to succeed, now a senior manager she is activley working to implement changes in the Health Service and also acting as role model for black women entering the nurcing sector.

Councillor Whit Stennett talked the negitave treatment of the Caribbean War Veterans at the end of World War two and how many of them wanted to stay in Britian but was sent back against their well, he talked about the continued struggles with racism even in todays Britian and how we must continue the fight for equality and justice and the importanrs of preserving our culture. He talked about the scandalous way in which the Government as treated the Windruch generation and the impacked it has on the black communities. He raises concerns about the emplications of leaving the EU and the impack it might have on black people here and in the commonwealth counteris.

Roshel Waite is a law student, she talked about raism and bulling and how somethings has not changed to help black youths to strive and how the Windrush scandal has affected her which led her to joined the Windrush Crusade in fighting for justice and compensation and how we must take action to force changes in Government.

Anthony Brown is a Lawer, political activist and campaigner, Anthony talked about is experiences of been served a deportation order in earley 1990s and how the community of Moss Side compaigned in is support to have it reversed. He talked about is work as a campaigner advising and supporting people faced with deportation and how in the light of the Windrush scandal he as set up and heads the Windrush Crusade group who are campaigning for justice, compensation and a change in imigration laws. He talked about the barriers faced by young black people and the institutional racism that still excit, how we must organise and challenge the laws that allows the continuation of injustices we faced every day.

Mike Shaft is a radio DJ for over 2 decades, a presenter and writer, Mike talked about the racism he faced when arriving from Grenada in 1968 and and how is dreams of joining the RAF was quickly squashed despite passing all the required tests he was sitll refused entery. He talked about facing the same racism when he tried for a job with Piccadilly radio in Manchester as a DJ and how he as overcame those barriers and become the first Black DJ on Piccadilly radio a job he still have today and he talked aout is part in tackling racial injustices in society.

Martin Forde QC was appointed by the Government to oversees the Windrush compensation schemes, he talked about the challenges ahead and the legal process of how to claim compensations, who can claim, guidlines about individual claims and circumstances, communities coordinated approach, where to seek legal advice before applying.

Tom Nelson a Trustee at the West Indian Sports and Social Club in Moss Side, Tom talked about the freedom of growing up in Jamaica and arriving in Manchester in 1962 to find a totlal contrassed of life, raicesm, lack of opportunities and low achievements of Black people. He talked about is own struggles to elevate himself, now a manage with Manchester Aduld Education Service, he talked about is commetment in supporting young people of the Windrush generation to have a better future. He talked about the introduction of University fees how it has affected disadvantage people and how the community must come together to build an economic base to secure the future of young black people, he talked about organising community and national forums to challenge the Goverenment’s Disparity Order,, medical insurance to be paid for by the Government to all returnee residents of the Windrush Generation, better funding for grassroot organisations to support , education, training and employment.

Dr. Lance Lewis talked about growing up the care system and the effect it on, lost of inentity, racism and abused, he talked about what gave the inspiration to take on the challenges he faced and successed. He talked about is accomplishment in combat sports and became a Master, he talked about is contributions to helping black children to achieving their golds, including is involvement with the serise of conferences, Education of the Black in Manchester 1992 to 1997.

Hyacinth Naylor came to Britian from Jamaica at the age of 14 and have worked in the NHS and other care services until her recent retirement, Hyacinth explained that she has never left the country in all that time when she was invited by her sister to visit Tobago but on her return she was refused re-entery. she explainned of the horror, fare, distress and betrayal and how it has affected her children and family, she talked about her 9 months ordeal before been allowed to return and how we must work together to avoid anything like tis to happening in the future.

Rose Henry of Jamaican heritage but born in Manchester.