People swore at us

Marie-Udo-Affiav2Martha was born in Nigeria and fled to the UK to avoid a conflict in Africa. She describes how people wanted to pet her and her sisters and touch their hair. They also experienced a lot of name-calling and she describes in detail an incident when someone swore at her in the street using very offensive language.




 when we came over here we were this oddity, um I guess if we'd have lived in a major city we would have been less of a less um - conspicuous - but we didn't we lived in Trowbridge and then we lived in Corsham and um we were petted in a sort of way - do you know what I mean? We were cute little kids and we used to - people wanted to touch us and touch our hair and - when we moved to Corsham there was two sisters who were mixed race and there was a family who were black and there were was us. And that was it and um that was it. And we yeah, we did have prejudice and mum from some people mum used to say just ignore it just ignore it and we did ignore it until we got into our teens and we got bolshie so um I'd say the youngest of us three fought back verbally, um and my eldest sister's a bit more adult than that. She, yeah but of course we experienced prejudice, we get called 'wog', 'n*gger' , 'blackie', get told we smell, had stones thrown at us in the playground. I'm not saying that it was an everyday occurrence cause it wasn't and that was only from some people, but when I was er - um- yeah, when I was at drama school and I came back. I think I was about- I was about 23, and I came back for a couple of weeks, we were just going shopping in Corsham and some blokey yelled across 'Oi! N*gger!' Which completely took us by surprise, so we swore at him and we stood up to him in his face, and he was still mouthing off and we went in the shop and we brought lots of things with tins in and um he did it again and if he'd 've come up to us we would have, beaten him. We would have fought him.

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