Supplanting indigenous people used to called colonialism, now its called multiculturalism.
The last whites of the East End: BBC documentary reveals how cockneys are becoming an endangered species in London borough of Newham after 70,000 immigrants moved in
Cockneys are becoming a minority in east London, (pictured) which is the UK’s most multicultural borough, with 70,000 immigrants arriving over the past 15 years
- BBC’s Last Whites of the East End looks at life in Newham, east London
- The area has had an influx of 70,000 immigrants in the past 15 years
- White British families say ‘Cockney’ traditions are now dying out
- ‘East Enders’ say community spirit has gone forever and area is a ‘slum’
- Newham is UK’s most culturally diverse borough according to 2011 census
Cockneys are becoming an endangered species in a London borough after 70,000 immigrants have moved in over the past 15 years, a BBC documentary has revealed.
The white population of Newham is leaving in droves, according to the Last Whites of the East End, which claims 73 per cent of the local population is now made up of ethnic minorities and Black British.
It was previously almost all white working class, with the majority dockworkers, but has now become the most multicultural place in the UK, with 147 languages spoken across the borough.
Although many of the area’s new residents consider themselves ‘proper East Enders’, some say the differences in culture and religion are creating divides, with ethnic groups sticking together.
But White British ‘East Enders’ say immigration is killing off traditions that used to be commonplace in the area in the 1970s (pictured), according to new BBC documentary Last Whites of the East End
Newham has 66 primary schools and two decades ago more than half the pupils were white British.
But now one school – Drew Primary – has just three white British children per class, with 43 languages spoken throughout its halls.
Peter Bell has been secretary at East Ham Working Men’s Club for more than 25 years and said it was one of the last strongholds of traditional East End culture in the area.
The club hosts everything from tea dances to boxing club matches and is trying to keep community spirit together.
Mr Bell, 66, told MailOnline: ‘I think we are vital to the area. We try to keep as busy as we can and keep our traditions going.
‘If we closed then I can’t help but think where would some of these people go? Where would the old ladies who come here every week go? What would they have to look forward to?
‘We live in one of the poorest boroughs in the country, and when you walk out of this club, what you see is essentially a slum.’
Mr Bell, who used to work in newspapers, added the different cultures in the area only caused divisions because people don’t interact with each other.
He said: ‘I mean no disrespect to the Muslim community, but I don’t think they want to be part of the traditions here.