Name calling at school

KulchaleeKulchalee was born in the UK in 1959 a year after his Jamaican parents had arrived in the country. He describes what it was like growing up as a black child and how much he wanted to fit in with the other kids at his school.







There was good times, but a lot of daunting times, but I look at it and at least it was straight, straight in your face, you know because racism was rife, no matter you know I just a I was trying just to be a white kid in um black skin, just an innocent kid playing football, you know, doing the things what boys do, you know, but unfortunately the skin colour was like a problem, cause you're always in fights, people are calling you names and all that type of stuff, you know. If I'm playing football they say 'yep Kulcha's got the ball look there's a dark cloud coming over' so there's all that type of you know, banter, they could call it banter, but for me it was hurtful, yeah? And there was times when you have to go through racism you know a good portion of your life yeah. I remember all I wanted it to be was a white kid in black skin, and because I was forced, not to be this white kid, then I end up pushed to the other side of learning about the blackness, the culture you know, because you know. When you went through things and most of my friends were white, most of my friends were English guys, so therefore and you know you didn't kind of fit in, because you were always at the centre of jokes, joke making and mickey taking and all that stuff, so there was times when you, your emotions were so high that you used to go home and cry your eyes out bend upon your knees and say oh god why did you make me black, why didn't you make me white? cause everything white is alright but everything black have to stay back. So that was the kind of er you know erm tarnished feeling I had as a kid growing up and butterflies all the time you know even up to the age of probably about 18, 19, 20.


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