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The late 1950s saw civil unrest in the UK, including ‘race riots’ in Nottingham and Notting Hill during the summer of 1958. In the aftermath of this there was an increase in public discussion as to the possibility of measures to alleviate tensions and encourage assimilation. This public petition presented to Parliament in the same year echoes the sentiments of Fenner Brockway’s Racial Discrimination Bill. The petitioners wrote that ‘no person can change his colour or ancestors by propaganda or persuasion’.
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