Reflections: A Poem on the Windrush Generation

Image by local school project
Reflections: A Poem on the Windrush Generation
Jessica reflects on the treatment of Windrush Generations, past and present. Picture by K. Simpson.

Five Hundred migrants from the Caribbean arrived at Tilbury Docks in true Caribbean style

In fresh suits and brand-new socks

 

Life was far from easy for new arrivals to get jobs,

Many faced racial discrimination and were often

attacked by racist mobs

 

No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, drawn on signs at landlords’ doors,

For many starting a new life came the harsh reality of sleeping on the floor.

 

Sadly, many children were bullied at school for the colour of their skin,

Meaning recent generations live with a complex often kept within,

 

Covering the large backlog of essential maintenance, transportation and construction services,

Many did repair work and contributed to the running of the new National Health Service.

 

West Indians went aboard the Windrush ship because by virtue of the Nationality Act they were granted British Citizenship

 

And in 1971 Windrush immigrants were told that they could stay permanently,

Yet the British government had told them this supposedly inadvertently…

 

Despite their vast contributions both during and post the World War

In 2012 it came to light that they were suddenly not entitled to access any of the benefits that they had worked hard for.

 

Fast forward to 2018 a ‘hostile environment’ led to many being sent immigration detention letters,

and were subsequently sent back to a place they had left to arrive to the UK as settlers.

 

While the Government shows little to-no remorse for the notorious treatment of Windrush immigrants

We remember them individually for their vast contributions:

 

Kenneth Williams, Junior Green, Judy Griffith, Jeffrey Miller, Briggs Levi Maynard, Winston Jones, Dexter Bristol, Glenda Caesar, Paulette Wilson,

Anthony Bryan, Renford McIntyre, Leighton Joseph Robinson, Michel Braithwaite, Hubert Howard, Albert Thompson,

Sarah O’Connor, Elwaldo Romeo, Whitfield Francis, Valerie Baker & Richard Stewart…

…and the many others who also suffered at the hands of the Home Office’s Hostile Environment Policy.