Author: Alice Falciani

Alice is in her final year studying Politics and Sociology at the University of Manchester. She is interested in issues of race, nature, and international relations.
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‘Rule BRITANNIA!’: how british pride overlooks a very bloody past

When I hear people say that they are proud to be British, I can’t help but ask: what exactly are you proud of? Before I cause any offence, let me clarify. Pride for your Britishness is not the issue. I myself was born in Britain to Italian parents and am immensely proud of my culture and where I come from. But all too often, nationalistic pride is paired with pride for the achievements and strength of past empires, all whilst ignoring the bloodshed, war crimes, and seizure of sovereignty in the process.