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.
Over the last 18 months, the Covid-19 pandemic has been characterised by the stark inequalities that shape Britain.
How does one judge the value of art? It is no easy feat. How can something so broad as ‘the arts’ be understood through the completely subjective lens of ‘value’?
Kamal, a second-generation British Yemeni whose father came to the UK in 1958, reminds us that the world has forgotten about “the daily struggles of the Yemeni people who are surviving miraculously… that struggle is genuine, it’s real.”