English? Forget it! Ten ways white people have of getting you to call yourself anything but that

Roma©DA18: Roma begging near Kingsland High St, Dalston, Hackney bank 300718 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Gypsy in Dalston: Romanies have been in England for longer than the ancestors of most people in this picture yet are still seen as outsiders

IF YOUR SKIN’S not white, your name sounds foreign or you look “different”, white English people will say you’re:

* British 

* a Londoner

* vibrant

* part of a “community”

* contributing to “our” culture

* Bame — black, Asian and other minority ethnic

* an “ethnic” — see above

* a migrant

* a person of colour

* British… sure, but where are you really from?

Ridley©DA0618vu: Ridley Road Market in Dalston E8 230618 ©david.altheer@gmail.com
This Dalston market brings shoppers with backgrounds in other countries. Living in England, many will be ascribed a consolation: “British”

David Altheer 190818

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