The Windrush scandal has cut through the heart of the British Caribbean community. It’s thrown up questions about racism, identity and history. Ironically, however, the Windrush scandal could be the very medicine the Black British community needs to heal the divisions it has.
Despite being a minority, there is an unspoken separation within the black community in the UK. Those of a Caribbean background and those of an African background. This separation could be seen lightheartedly, for example, in the evergreen debate of how do you say “plantain”. (Africans: “plan-tain”. Caribbeans: “plan-tin”.) But more seriously, it can be seen in the lasting effects of colonialism on the black diaspora and the desire for status among the two groups.
I’ve lost count of how many African elders I’ve had advise me, “don’t marry a jamo” (all Caribbeans come under the term “jamo”, short for Jamaican) because, according to them, they’re uneducated unlike we Africans with our countless degrees.
From the Independent, UK