Ethnicity has a significant meaning when it comes to British identity. There are a lot of different ethnic groups in Britain and people with different ethnicities often stick to their own race and groups.
Britons from minority groups often face discrimination and racism in their everyday lives. There are various aspects of British identity, and it has become unclear what Britishness actually is today.
They chat about the contrast between being British and being English. One of Dr. Beckford's main points are that British identity is much more flexible than one might think and there must be room to define your own Britishness and adapt to that.
“I Think that one of the great things about Britishness is it's all mixed, it's the history of a mongol nation…
It’s been a history where identities have been made and remade and i think the “BAME” is just another part of that remaking” (Britishness and national identity, 3:15-4:06)
Britain has been a mix of many cultures for a long time due the historical events and still is today. Beckford sees “BAME” and the mixed heritage as a new chapter for British identity.
And it should be okay to define people's affiliation with the United Kingdom in many ways.2 There is a growing percentage of Britons, with mixed ethnicity and they find it difficult to navigate the conflicts between e.g., white and black Britons because they often are a mix of both.
When looking at the statistics in the article about Britain, public opinion on ethnicity and nationality issues such as, Black Lives Matter, regards police as racist, if they are proud of the British empire and regards Britain as racist.
We see that the mixed race tends to be in the middle of the White and Black race, leaning slightly towards the black’s opinion. “mixed-race Britons are, in general, less wary of Britain’s institutions and history than black Britons.
They are marginally less likely to support Black Lives Matter (BLM), less likely to agree with the proposition that “Britain is a racist country” and much less likely to think most British cops are intentionally racist.” (Britain’s mixed-race population blurs the lines of identity politics, ll. 24-27)
The chart is from August 2020, and it also shows that over 50% of black Britons regard Britain as racist3
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