the-eleventh-blog:

ok a few things for americans trying to see this unfolding and inevitably seeing it through a US prism

  • the largest demographic voting to leave were working class people in deprived areas – this is another example of populism being an outlet for people hurt by the 2008 crash and globalisation; classic example of rich men monopolising on anxieties of the poor
  • said people will be affected by any crash that may happen
  • the immigrants being demonized are polish, hungarian, romanian. this isn’t just about “white people” hating poc – this is a challenge to EU migration, please stop americanising this
  • this was also based on an age breakdown – like any other country, older Brits are far less progressive. Young people voted 75% remain. Most youth growing up here are liberal and have grown up with multicultural values and a lot of us either are BME/immigrants or have friends that are, and we worry for them/ourselves
  • I AM SO FUCKING PISSED OFF ABOUT THIS MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE
  • English cities (largely deprived, too) voted largely to remain, so this also isn’t necessarily a battle of the home nations: it’s a battle of inner city working class people versus de-industrialized regions in England – which is a divided nation (splitting 52 for Leave) with incredibly deprived communities
  • London overwhelmingly voted to remain
  • A lot of what I got on the doorstep also saw settled BME voters much more on the fence than you’d think: I know my dad would have been
  • this is so complex and for the love of god stop simplifying this down to american terms – it is beyond awful and nasty and built on xenophobia. it has normalised an awful, awful trend
  • THIS IS AWFUL AND WE SHOULD BE UPSET AS SHIT
  • but recognise who this hurts most: EU migrants, the poor (some of whom would have voted for this!), the young
  • and please don’t discuss it in US terms – UK politics is built on class and, now, xenophobia against eastern europeans
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