GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM | YouTube Creators for Change

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OPEN ME FOR ACTION POINTS. What is Britishness anyway? A video essay made possible by the YouTube Creators For Change Programme https://youtube.com/yt/creators-for-change/


(1) SIGN THE PETITION: https://goo.gl/Y3eE1n
Introduce the British Empire as a mandatory part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum
Watch me read the curriculum in full: https://youtu.be/dJ21C_7b7zw

(2) Check out the following books by British BAME writers:
The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla https://goo.gl/QU9bES
Black and British by David Olusoga https://goo.gl/mmRCtA
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge https://goo.gl/RhYqAZ

(3) SUBMIT to the forthcoming zine Go Back To Where You Came From.

To submit you must either have lived or be living in Britain. By submitting you are consenting to have your piece published in the zine, which will be available for free to all online, and sent in print to MPs and others who will be able to help us get the word out about the petition. To help it reach and benefit the widest possible audience, the zine will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License 2.0. You can read more about what that means here: https://goo.gl/YDy7cH.

Submit your thoughts, poems, (short) essays, cartoons, art pieces, collages, haikus or sentences to: [email protected] BY the 31st OF DECEMBER 2017.
Please include how you would like to be credited in the zine.
You can simply respond to the video essay above, or answer the question:
what would you like ‘being British’ to mean?
The point of the zine is to draw people’s attention to the petition – you know best, what would persuade the people you know to sign?
Need inspiration? https://youtu.be/FDrbAondnEU

What IS a zine I hear you cry? https://goo.gl/3n6RXd

(4) BONUS POINTS ROUND – tell everyone. All of your friends. Your dog. Your local Spar till operator. Your family. Everyone. We need 100,000 signatures to get the petition to considered for a debate in parliament, so let’s go!


MP Shashi Tharoor on the consequences of Britain’s imperial past: https://youtu.be/sHcAipz8c6o
EDL leader Tommy Robinson takes on rapper Akala

Structural Racism and Privilege by Akala

(This for and against reparations debate at Oxford Union is super helpful – make sure you watch both points, and more speeches in the debate if you fancy)
Sir Richard Ottaway – Britain Does Not Owe Reparations
Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations

Young, British and Angry (this is a whole documentary, I found it really useful)

Why Brexit happened — and what to do next | Alexander Betts


Independent: British Empire: Students should be taught colonialism ‘not all good’, say historians
Michael Gove redrafts new history curriculum after outcry
It’s right for Britain to reach out to Africa – wrong to send Boris Johnson


Jette, The German – who put up with my questions:

Music was kindly provided by L-FRESH The LION – of whose music I’m a HUGE fan
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1pWigxBjUwEk9xH0Ks1r8L
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW6vxov0TEYhfDssZVsJU2g

Becca is a wonderful person and v skilled videographer, y’all should all watch her channel and also hire her:

Craig was also behind the scenes, helping with admin, shooting some of the footage and generally a great organisational wing-man:


ALL of the amazing Brits who sent me in voice clips for my sound-scape – both at the beginning of this video and in this video: https://youtu.be/FDrbAondnEU
You can see them all credit there.

Where did your clips come from, Leena?
DB TV Brexit Announcement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaigq_p2bt0
BBC News – EU Referendum 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAn9Dw_srPA
ABC News Brexit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8FwRxW5-RU
Russia Today Nigel Farage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J-K0fFyTpE
Margaret Thatcher Takes Questions From Children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIFaPKCv8ps

All used under the Fair use and Copyright Act of 1988

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18 Responses

  1. leena norms says:

    DO we need a change in curriculum? If you agree, don't forget to sign and share the petition https://goo.gl/Y3eE1n . If not…. cummon, persuade me otherwise!
    Also if you're from another country outside of the UK, I'd love to hear your thoughts/similarities/differences.

  2. Pravachan says:

    The Royal family is originally German. They changed their German name to Windsor

  3. GREGORIAN 1 says:

    I'm proud of the flag, and my nation of industrial revolutionaries, abolitionists of slavery, writers of the great charter, fighters of fascism and one of the least racist societies in all human history. Our flag is not a functionality, it is a symbol(granted) and you should be proud of it. Look at the actions of other nations, empires and peoples of the globe and you'll find we aren't the only ones who are guilty, and our contributions were magnificent, the "what have the Romans ever done for us" narrative is all too easy, try to see the good in our little island 🙂
    Also the books you showed at the end looked a tad bias, if your genuinely interested try "The rise and fall of the British empire" by Lawrence James.

  4. Obama Colluded With Putin says:

    Can I be japanese if I migrate there?

  5. Rose Li says:

    Omg, massive respect to you for this video! Loved every bit of it 🙂

  6. AS R says:

    That like to dislike ratio. xD You stirred something up there. By the way, in Germany we don't only learn about the Third Reich in history but other subjects too, like German classes. That way we learn all kinds of facets of that time.

  7. Ser Bonifer Hasty - says:

    Binging this channel on a Sunday morning, just watched this video and checked some of the comment section. There are a lot of angry people about, aren't there? Wow!

  8. Andy Art Avalos says:

    That was awesome! I really admire you (therefore, LOVE you). You just inspired me so much, thank you thank you thanx thank you! #CreatorsForChange oh yeeeees

  9. Martha Linnea Pukallus says:

    Just discovered this channel and I'm instantly a fan. Great storytelling in this video, I just love the fact that there are people on YouTube using their platforms to talk about bigger issues! <3

  10. David Harrison says:

    You are not a 'liberal' – you are a leftist, that's not liberal anymore, sorry. Being a liberal today means you should hold a more centrist position as the whole political continuum has shifted radically to the left. You are most likely a neo-marxist? However, the very fact that you've been 'selected' by Youtube automatically discredits anything you might say as nothing more attempted social engineering B.S. – self-loathing millennials should be the people being de-platformed, not those seeking truth. Social justice is not justice, politically correct is not correct.

  11. funcake99 says:

    Hey Leena, still can't believe that the british empire is not part of the curriculum in the UK. In Germany in Gymnasium we covered this topic in English lessons 😮

  12. Spoopy MoonCritter says:

    Ameen ameen inshallah… it will be beautiful to see you in burqa.

  13. 99IronDuke says:

    End Mass immigration now. Eject all illegal immigrants. Enforce British law in all areas of the country and get on with Brexit.

  14. Deana Matni says:

    I come back to this video essay every now and then. 14:26 and on always makes me frickin' emotional. Very, very well put together. <3

  15. Alistar D says:

    I bet you don't live around the diversity you preach for

  16. i am SIGH says:

    new subscriber here! im excited to see your videos!

  17. Strelok Operator says:

    >turned whole countries white.

    Yes, and those areas are better for it.

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