As any interested follower of my little blog may know, I spent last semester studying the history of race. I feel as though studying the history of racism and resistance movements opened my eyes and my mind up to field of study and a portion of the world that I had previously found myself ignorant of – through lack of knowledge rather than care. Coming from a small town in North Wales, racism, its past and present, had little of an effect on my life or education up until my studies in Liverpool.
Since this moment, race, immigration and their politics seem to have caught my eye in every debate, news broadcast, article and election. As such, I have been very interested in the growth of UKIP in the upcoming UK general elections (though this covers slightly different ground to my previous studies on race) and have just been reading an article in the Telegraph about the rise of UKIP and the origins of its popularity. The article, which you can find here, unsurprisingly focusses heavily on the topic of immigration.
In the article the reader is introduced to the term ‘white flight’ which I was particularly shocked by as a concept. It is explained as the following:
‘the phenomenon of white voters who are ‘fed up’ with immigration leaving multicultural areas and moving elsewhere’
Apparently, whilst a proportion of the British population are turning to alternative voting (by which I mean swaying towards nationalist parties in avoidance of the major parties) as a means of ensuring that we as a nation tackle the issue of the inflow of all those pesky foreigners, it is a documented phenomenon that a proportion of whites are packing their bags and moving to ‘whiter’ areas. And this peculiar segment of society is significant enough that it is skewing research figures?!
What is the world coming to? Is this not supposed to be modern Britain?? Heading towards a more tolerant future we are not.