In the 60s my parents immigrated to the U.K. from Sri Lanka. My brother and I were born here and grew up in white, middle class suburbia. While I have heard many stories of many different experiences from first and second generation immigrants I can honestly say that I have always felt accepted and part of the communities I have lived in. Discrimination has never been a part of my life and I feel eternally grateful for everything I have had the privilege to experience here.
I watch the waves of nationalism sweep across this country with the advent of Brexit, and despite my own sense of national pride in the country I call my home I am saddened by the desire to separate ourselves from the rest of the world