People think the new Windrush monument is still missing the mark

The new Windrush memorial in London has been praised for its symbolism – and torn down just to paint the problems the Windrush generation still faces today.

The statue, unveiled on Windrush Day at Waterloo train station, shows a man, woman and child at their best on Sunday standing over suitcases.

It was designed by Jamaican artist and sculptor Basil Watson and aims to honor the 500,000 people who came to the UK between 1948 and 1971 from the Caribbean, when Britain was suffering from severe labor shortages after World War II.

Some praised the memorial, including Labor MP David Lammy, for representing this generation.

However, others believe the memorial – which cost £1m – in fact exemplifies the entire UK approach to the Windrush generation and the subsequent scandal.

The scandal that emerged in April 2018 revealed that children of Commonwealth citizens had been threatened with deportation by the government due to lack of papers.

Downing Street has apologized, but has yet to make up for every victim.

Campaign group Live Windrush He criticized the decision to build the statue, considering that the average compensation for the victims of this scandal is about 94,000 pounds. This is less than 10% of the cost of the installation.

The group also called on the government to prioritize other elements of the scandal, tweeting: “Make WCS [Windrush Compensation scheme] Independent, and announces a legal investigation into the causes of the Windrush scandal, the ongoing trauma it caused, and the hostile environment.

“Until that is done, stuff your statues and memorials.”

Hostile environment policy refers to legislative measures intended to make it difficult for people to remain in the UK without permission to stay – leading them to ‘voluntary leave’.

As Mind Charity Trustee Rohan Kalicharan explained on Twitter that while he appreciated the statue, it did not absolve all of the UK’s underlying problems.

He wrote: “We still live in a country full of prejudice and division, where the relationship between skin color, race and socioeconomic division is very clear. And let us not forget that this is a country that is ready to turn its back on immigrants.”

Kalicharan is likely referring to the Ministry of the Interior’s highly controversial decision to transfer presumed “illegal” asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Other critics, including Labor MP Diane Abbott, have also noted that while the government has been applauding the Windrush generation, it is still “slowing down” on the scandal itself.

Respected writer, activist, and lecturer Professor Joss John has also written an open letter to the government rejecting the invitation to attend the unveiling of the memorial.

“I am still puzzled as to why this invitation was sent, since in public records I condemn the entire Windrush Building as a deception and gross distortion of the relationship between the African diaspora, from the Caribbean, the African continent, and Britain,” he explained.

The statue accused the British of perpetuating a “racist culture that violates the human rights of the Black Commonwealth and of British born and naturalized citizens”, and also targeted a hostile environment policy.

He then dismantled the Windrush Remembrance Committee’s decision to describe the artwork as a “permanent place for reflection and inspiration.”

“The Windrush novel itself erases shared history and heritage and lazily refers to the ‘Windrush generation’ as if they had neither past nor experience with Britain before their arrival in Britain.”

He said the praise for this generation did not include the legacy of “the enduring struggle against systemic racism, neo-fascism and English nationalism”.

He also noted that the Immigration Act 1971 curtailed anyone seeking to come to the UK as people had to seek permanent residence to prove their partial links with Britain or to have been legal residents of five years or more.

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