By Mia Wallace
May 31, 2016
Little to my knowledge yesterday while I was droning on about London’s immense globalization and multiculturalism, did I know that today we would spend the morning learning about just that. Dan Wheatley, a history professor, was our guest lecturer and answered some of my lingering questions and ponderings about London’s diverse and global upbringing.
To be an “Englishman” is in fact not a thing. England is so diverse and racially/nationally mixed that to be an Englishman means to be a Somali-German woman or a Jewish-Lithuanian boy. There is no such thing as a pure-bred Englishman — even the Royal family is German and has only been in England for a few generations. Globalization and immigration are what makes London the incredibly diverse and influential city it is today. It is what creates and composes the Englishman and Englishwoman. It promotes the economy and creates a vibrant community full of different cultures & backgrounds.
But a fair number of residents who make up the UK Independence Party disagree and believe that being a part of the EU is enabling too much immigration and taking away jobs
and opportunities from true “Englishmen”, most of those residents belonging to a demographic that is mainly white, middle-aged, middle-class men (sounds familiar, no?) A vote on June 28th will determine whether the United Kingdom separates from the European Union, leaving the future of the country in a stand still. Many believe if the Union separates, very little will happen. Those who are not originally from the United Kingdom have been here for years, contributing to the many communities they live in and promoting the economy. To force these people out would be a travesty and to not let others like them come to the United Kingdom would be even worse, in my opinion.
Back in the United States, I watch the daily news, follow CNN & VICE on twitter and occasionally read a newspaper at work. I like to think I stay up to date with the news. But after learning all about the controversies happening in the United Kingdom and realizing I haven’t heard a damn thing about the UK voting to separate from the EU, I’m beginning to completely reconsider what I think I learn from American news. Dan says that himself and most UK citizens stay up to date and know about what’s happening in the United States and are incredibly knowledgeable about the current election. But the fact that I didn’t even know that there was a vote about to happen that could make the United Kingdom something equivalent to Australia, blows my mind. That being said, it does make sense that the rest of the world stays up to date with US news considering we are one, if not the most important country in the world. But it doesn’t explain why news in the US doesn’t focus on news in other countries. I guess from now on I’ll just have to get my news from BBC to stay up to date and connected with all the worldly happenings going on, instead of CNN updating me with the new controversial and idiotic garbage Donald Trump has now spewed.
To read more about the poor international media coverage in the United States, click here!