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Despite the tolerant attitude toward ethnic minorities which was generally prevalent in Barry, prejudices and racism was still present and led to conditions of inequality between the native, white residents and those who came from overseas. Interviewees share their memories of these situations – the way in which black immigrants could get little work outside of the docks, would receive their doll on different days, and were treated differently even in schools.
Mention is made of the way in which black soldiers who were lost in the war did not receive the same treatment as those who were white, and there are still many names which are still lost simply because not enough concern was shown for them at the time.
The interviewees share their opinions on the effect of this racism and the “thicker skins” they needed to wear, in addition to the advantage they earned by trying to adapt both to their native communities and the society outside.
“In the Same Boat”, 1990
Oral history interviews with residents of Barry, discussing the cultural development and many diverse aspects of society from the beginning of the 20th Century until 1990. This short film has been divided into 7 parts, each of which deals with a different aspect of life in Barry’s society.
Phyllis Caldwell, Maureen Flipse, Pini Hicks, Violet Jones, Frossini Moran, Johnny Palmer, Gwen Payne, Elsie Phipps, Betty Pring and Ronnie Smith.

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