The Myth of Fairness

Colin Holmes assesses racial violence in Britain from 1911-19.

The British are no less prone to the creation of myths than any other national group. This has been evident as much in their discussions of racial ethnic minorities as in anything else. Hence, for example, the reference to 'the fairness of the British' and 'their infuriating tolerance' with which the Sunday Times greeted the emergence of Powellism in 1968.

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