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CBeebies presenter teaches kids about being mixed race: ‘Sometimes people have been unkind’

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CBeebies presenter Ben Cajee took a moment out of this morning’s show to teach children about what it’s like being mixed race.

Ben, who has presented the programme since 2005, explained to the children watching at home, that sometimes people have been unkind to him because of the colour of his skin.

He began by talking about his mum and dad, as well as where he grew up.

‘We’ve been friends for a really long time, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about me and my family,’ Ben explained.

‘My mum is called Fiona and she was born near Coventry and she is white. My dad is called Yakub and he was born in London and he is black.

‘Now as you know my name is Benjamin, but pretty much everyone calls me Ben – I was born in Ipswich and I am mixed race and I am really, really proud of that.’

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Ben said people have been unkind to him because of the colour of his skin (Picture: CBeebies)

The 33-year-old went on to list off the different attributes he has got from both his mum and dad – as well as recalling people being unkind to him because of what he looks like.

He continued: ‘Now there are loads of things I get from my dad, like supporting West Ham Football Club, my dark and curly hair when it gets longer and a really bendy toe.

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Ben shared pictures of his mum and dad (Picture: CBeebies)

‘And there are other things I get from my mum – like my love of music or the fact that I’m always on time, or something you might know, my smile.

‘Sometimes people have been unkind about what I look like and the colour of my skin, but I try and forget about those people and instead, focus on the people who are there for me and who supported me.’

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Ben as a baby with his mum (Picture: CBeebies)

Ben concluded the clip by encouraging viewers at home ‘to be kind’ to others.

‘They just like me for being me and they were my friends, and at the moment I think it’s really important to be kind because you never know you might just make someone’s day,’ he added.

‘Thank you so much for being my friend and I’ll see you soon.’

The presenter also took to Twitter to share the clip, which has received such positive comments from parents online.

He captioned the video: ‘I don’t really have the words for this one – so I’m just going to leave it here. With love, always.’

Responding to the clip one parent commented: ‘Thank you Ben, such an important message. It’s so important children hear these messages of love, tolerance, etc than some of the vile words being spewed elsewhere. Well done guys xx.’

Another praised: ‘Powerful stuff, well said. Well done Ben. Have been hugely enjoyingCBeebies and Black History Month content. Really important that my kids have the chance to learn about it.’

‘This is really important. My son’s best friend is black and and is really starting to become aware of racism,’ one added.

‘Powerful message thanks Ben,’ another parent tweeted. ‘I have a mixed race Daughter and always talk to her about how beautiful her hair and skin colour are as even though she’s only four.’

CBeebies airs from 6am on BBC One.

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