Jamaicans who arrived in Britain as children face deportation this week – we will not forget this government’s cruelty

The Windrush scandal is more than simply an injustice faced by Black Caribbean and African communities. It’s a damning indictment of modern Britain, writes Richard Sudan

<p>People attend a 2018 protest in Windrush Square, Brixton, in solidarity with scandal victims</p>

People attend a 2018 protest in Windrush Square, Brixton, in solidarity with scandal victims

When the Windrush scandal first came to light a few years ago, most decent-minded people were outraged. As a Windrush descendant myself, this one felt particularly personal.

But for families directly impacted by the wrongful detainment and deportation of members of Britain’s Caribbean communities, this saga represents nothing short of an ongoing campaign of terror. People who entered the country as British citizens being pulled from their beds in the dead of night, shackled, chained and shuttled off to immigration detention centres while being denied human and legal rights, due to the Home Office’s own admitted error, is a source of national shame.

This pain and indignation has been further compounded by the fact that the Windrush generation entered the country as British citizens to rebuild the nation after the war, in which some of them fought. For a country that often claims to be free from institutional racism, but with a deep colonial history, the imagery of Black people being placed in chains, caged, dehumanised and humiliated is not lost on the descendants of slaves.

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