Racism and Intolerance in Children of Men
England, long after all other nations on earth have crumbled, ‘soldiers on’. Set in 2027, Children of Men depicts English society dealing with the worldwide infertility of women. Eighteen years after the last baby on earth was born, Britain has closed its borders, increased military presence, and become the last vestige of civilization. The government, instead of approaching the problem of infertility, uses illegal immigrants as scapegoats to attract the attention and blame. In this closed off society, racism and intolerance towards every other culture and ethnicity has conquered the nation.
Refugees, or “fugees”, depart from their home nations across the world to seek safety in England. Upon their arrival, they are not met with shelter or nourishment, but instead with guns and cages. The refugees, of many colors and many languages, are denied entrance to the country, packed into ghettos such as Beck’s Hill, and then deported or executed. The English government, radicalized from the effects of worldwide infertility, advocates the persecution of illegal immigrants constantly. As the main character, Theodore Faron, ventures through distraught London, there are constant signs, announcements, and videos instructing the English citizens to turn in any information about an illegal immigrant. One video on a British double-decker bus announces, “She’s my house cleaner. He’s the plumber. He's my dentist. He’s the waiter. She’s my cousin. They are illegal immigrants. To hire, feed or shelter illegal immigrants is a crime.
Report all illegal immigrants.” People in this society are also encouraged to turn over anybody who they think is not a legal British citizen to the police. Jasper, upon seeing a bus full of starved and impoverished foreigners explains, "[They are] illegal immigrants. Taking them to Beck's Hill. Poor fugee's. After escaping the worst atrocities, and finally making it to England... our...
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