By Lloyd Braithwaite
This quantity seems on the event of colonial scholars in Britain and the response of British society to them. It explores the scholars' issues of the colonial officers, their social studies, their collage studies and their political involvement.
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It was the only form of independent prestige which required no further validation. As a result of this, all open scholarships tended to result in an increase in the number of doctors and lawyers. In some of the larger islands, separate scholarships were given for science and for arts, but all led in the same direction -towards the professions. Where it was desired to direct scholarship winners into a given field, this had to be specifically provided for. The Government of Trinidad, for instance, gave special agricultural scholarships to the Imperial College, special grants to surveyors in training; the Government of Jamaica created a separate agricultural scholarship.
There was a selective memory and through harping on the pleasant and the prestige giving, the unpleasant was pushed into the background and forgotten. All in all, then, the ideas spread by those who had been educated abroad did not help the student who was proceeding to the UK after the Second World War. Indeed, the particular preoccupation of the West Indian with 'marrying light' accentuated the distortion of the situation. Because of this preoccupation, there was a tremendous emotional interest in the affairs of people who had married white wives.
This was good enough for the Africans with their 'bad' hair - to treat them thus was to place them on the same status as the despised Africans. In spite of this, many barber shops endeavoured to attract a coloured clientele, actually soliciting customers from some of the colonial hostels. But here, the same problem arose as in the case of the restaurants. Once a barber shop was known to be free of discrimination, coloured students flocked to the place. Sometimes, far from finding security they found their anxieties aroused by the efforts raised to stem the tide.