Racism in The Lonely Londoners
Need a research paper on the theme of racism in Samuel Selvon the lonely Londoners. Needs to be 6 pages. Please no plagiarism. But the actual influx began in the 1950s with the arrival of the troopship Empire Windrush with the first batch of post-war Caribbean migrants who left their sunny land with the belief that the streets of London were paved with gold. We will find a short sketch of the history of Caribbean immigrants in the article ‘Settling’ found in the site www.movinghere.org.u.k
The British Government initiated an effort to import laborers from around the world. The Caribbeans were welcomed because of their familiarity with the English language and their working practices. The jobless Caribbeans, including the war veterans, rejected their sunny land and started pouring in large numbers, considering the soil in England their utopia. In the 50s they were welcomed by both the Government and the British press. More than 40,000 Caribbeans joined the bandwagon. However, as their numbers increased the first flush of welcome waned. They were now seen more as a social problem. The landlords would put up a notice board announcing ‘no blacks’, ‘no coloreds’. Few were there to challenge them as England was still coping with the ravages of war.
The late 1950s saw unrest and discontentment brewing among the local people. The right-wing politicians who openly propagated racism fanned the air of hostility by organizing street corner meetings. It was in this overwhelming socio-political set up that Selvon’s lonely Londoners were adjusting them and making the most of it.
The story tells about the ‘concerns and difficulties of adjusting to life in London, finding housing jobs and social comfort in a hostile city’ (Harney, 1996: 123) and the disappointment, disillusionment and intense loneliness these expatriates face. The story unfolds with a number of anecdotes loosely woven without any integrated plot.
The protagonist of the book is Moses .Aloetta, an expatriate from Trinidad who has been living in London for many years. .