Butler’s colour-bar bill mocks Commonwealth

  title={Butler’s colour-bar bill mocks Commonwealth},
  author={Claudia Jones},
  journal={Race \& Class},
  pages={118 - 121}
  • C. Jones
  • Published 1 July 2016
  • Political Science
  • Race & Class
This article reproduces a front-page opinion piece in the West Indian Gazette, Vol. 4, no. 11, November 1961, by its editor. In it she explains why the proposed controls on Commonwealth immigration under Conservative Home Secretary Rab Butler (the first immigration act, passed in 1962) are discriminatory: a colour bar or form of apartheid. The bill has to be opposed because it will open the door to other forms of discrimination. The piece is prescient in that the bill proved to be a watershed… 



Jones: beyond containment: autobiographical reflections, essays and poems (Banbury

  • 2011

Some copies of the West Indian Gazette can be consulted at the British Library, Lambeth Library and the Institute of Race Relations Black History Collection

  • To read further on Claudia Jones, see Buzz Johnson, I Think of My Mother: notes on the life and times of Claudia Jones
  • 1985