Capital Xtra radio host Will Njobvu told fans there is still ‘a long way to go’ when it comes to stamping out racism, as he shared footage of him being racially abused at a tube station.
The presenter had been heading home and was on the platform at Harrow-on-the-Hill, when a white man repeatedly told him to ‘speak English’ after overhearing a conversation he was having with a friend on the phone.
Will filmed the man and confronted him, asking him to explain what he meant by telling him to ‘speak English’ and questioned the man over whether he was racist.
‘I am speaking English… I was speaking in English before, what’s your problem?’ Will is heard asking, before stating: ‘That’s racist what you just said.’
When the man told Will that ‘now he is speaking in English’, the radio host asked the man if he is racist to which he responded ‘yes and no’.
Will calmly asked him to explain his answer and the man replied: ‘Yes and no. There’s certain black people I don’t want to speak with and there’s certain black people I will speak with.’
Before the video cuts off, Will is heard asking the man, who is wearing a blue face covering, why he will only speak to ‘certain’ black people and what his issue is.
He shared the short clip to Twitter and revealed he has since reported the incident to the police.
Sharing his shock over the racist remarks he was subjected to, Will tweeted: ‘Can’t believe this but I’ve just been racially abused at Harrow-on-the-Hill train station. Was on my way home after finishing my radio show.. on the phone to my friend and this man said “speak in English” he then said he “doesn’t like” some Black people. Please RT @metpoliceuk.’
In a second tweet Will called out those in the station who had passed by the exchange and didn’t step in. He said: ‘I’ve just been racially abused during Black History Month. We’ve got a long way to go. No one even stepped in to say anything.’
Fans inundated Will, who was recently announced as the host of The Masked Singer’s new spin-off series Unmasked on ITV, with messages of support, with many praising how well he had handled the situation.
‘The grace you’ve shown in this situation… I’m angry for you, hopefully you got in alright after this situation,’ tweeted one follower, while another posted: ‘Really sorry this happened to you Will, well handled x.’
A third agreed: ‘So sorry you had to deal with this. Train stations are where I’ve encountered racist abuse many times. And passers by rarely step in to help. You were more polite to him than he deserved.’
A spokesperson for the British Transport Police shared a statement regarding the incident to The Mirror that read: ‘In the early hours of this morning, British Transport Police received a report of a racist incident that occurred yesterday evening (25/10) at Harrow-on-the-Hill Underground station.
‘Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 26 of 26/10/20.’
Taking to Instagram on Monday, Will thanked fans for the ‘lovely messages’ he has received after his video of the incident has been shared on social media.
‘Thank you for the lovely messages and support I have received after I shared that horrific video of me sadly being racially abused at Harrow-on-the-Hill train station last night,’ he said via his story.
‘I can confirm that I’ve spoken to the British Transport Police and they are on the job, so fingers crossed they find the man and he gets arrested.’
Will continued: ‘What you saw is a very obvious form of racism, it’s in your face racism. What us black people have to deal with on a day to day basis is a little bit more subtle actually, the racism that is a lot more harder to detect, so we’ve just got to deal with it.
‘This is why when I saw it happening, I said, “do you know what, I’m going to film this, because people need to see what’s going on,” it exists. I’m not going to let it ruin my week, it’s a new day and my skin’s looking good, I’m in a good mood. I’m going to carry on living my life and I’m not going to let a racist get me down.
When contacted by Metro.co.uk, a rep for Will declined to comment.
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