Tackling Racism in Rural Britain8 June 2014
When I heard Ginnie and Kayode’s story of their work to support minority ethnic children in rural Cornwall, I knew I had to share it with you, as action like this would have transformed my own childhood experiences. Take a look and see what you think:
An initiative like this would have really helped me, so it is absolutely fantastic that Ginnie and Kayode made it happen.
I grew up in rural England, the only family of colour in the village and the first non-white child to attend the local school. Nobody really knew how to handle the racist bullying that my brother and I suffered.
In fact, school was part of the problem. When we moved from one village to another the headmaster announced before our arrival, “there are two Indian children starting tomorrow. Be nice to them.” That we’d both been born in this country didn’t cross his mind as he immediately set us up as different and other.
That was thirty years ago. But it’s why this story is so important to me.
In other rural areas, more action just like Ginnie and Kayode’s would be fantastic. Please share their story to inspire your friends, family and colleagues to join the movement to end racism too! Here are the links to post on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information about this project, please contact Ginnie at email@example.com