A SCHOOLBOY has told how he would deliberately let his skin go dry then scratch it off in a bid to look ‘whiter’ after suffering years of racist abuse.
Finley Sullivan (pictured), eight, whose father is Ugandan and mother is from Dover, Kent, claims he has repeatedly been called ‘n*****’ at school and people have made monkey noises at him in the street.
His dad fled Uganda at the age of 20 during dictator Idi Amin’s brutal regime.
He went to live in nearby Rwanda, where he managed to escape the 1994 genocide, with help from the Red Cross, and settled in the UK.
Finley, from Par, Cornwall, said: ‘People say the N-word and that I should go back to Africa where I belong. The first time it happened I was in year one. A kid called me a stupid African and hit me.
‘People stare at me and touch my hair without asking, too. It just makes me feel sad and angry.’
Mum Colleen Robinson said the abuse Finley suffers was not just in the playground. She said: ‘I had a newborn in a pram. I told the kids to keep walking, that the men were making noises because mummy looks silly. Fin said, “I know they were making the noises at me because I look like a monkey”.’
Ms Robinson is calling for more black history teaching in Cornish schools in a bid to combat racial intolerance.
She said: ‘There’s very little racial diversity here so it’s like you’ve got to hide away and get on with it.
‘We’re hoping by speaking out that others who are the victims of racial abuse down here will stand up and know they’re not alone.’
Despite the abuse, Finley has started to learn the ukulele in the hope of one day holding a music festival promoting racial diversity in Cornwall.
He said: ‘I like being mixed race. It’s when people are racist to me I don’t like it — it makes me feel I don’t fit in.’
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