Newsround has released a powerful series titled Young, Black and British, seeing three black teenagers explain what it’s like growing up in the UK.
One of the stars was 14-year-old Zionne who expressed how ‘difficult’ life has been in the area she was raised in, stating that many of the people there ‘are not the same colour’ as her.
During tonight’s instalment of the children’s news programme, Zionne caught up with a group of her classmates who opened up on their own experiences.
‘I was followed around in a shop, and I think it’s because of my skin colour,’ Zionne told her friend Annabelle before asking: ‘Have you ever experienced that?’
And it turned out Annabelle had been racially profiled by police while hanging out with her friends.
‘I was in town, and the police decided to ask me and come and stop me if I was part of a gang,’ she said.
‘I was just trying to get home so it was really annoying for me, because why are you racially profiling me just because you see me with a bunch of other black people?’
Zionne pressed: ‘Do you ever think the colour of our skin can get in the way of our success?’
To which Annabelle stated: ‘I want to be a neurosurgeon when I’m older and I know it’s hard work.
‘But I feel like, am I going to have to put in extra work just to get to the same place as a white person would get without having to really try?’
She continued: ‘It takes more time, more effort, more energy and you have to believe in yourself.
‘You can’t just give up. I just feel like as a black person you always have to go through the things that many black people have gone through.
‘We need to work hard and get our voices heard so that this can stop.’
Annabelle concluded: ‘I don’t want my kids to go through the same thing that I have been through and my parents have been through and all the further generations.’
Newsround airs everyday on CBBC.
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