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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) recently reported that kids as young as ten in England have taken to whitening their faces in an attempt to fit in after repeatedly being the target of hate crimes and being told to “go back to your own country” in Brexit Britain. It seems the more things change is the more they stay the same.

Multi-racial School Life in the second largest city in Britain — Birmingham.
Multi-racial School Life in the second largest city in Britain — Birmingham.
Primary School Life in the second-largest city in Britain — Birmingham. Image source


Dreaming of moving to Africa? Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Expect nothing. And you should do just fine.

Nkrumah Memorial Park — First president of independent Ghana, West Africa
Nkrumah Memorial Park — First president of independent Ghana, West Africa
Nkrumah Memorial Park — First president of independent Ghana, West Africa.


Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visits the township of Tembisa, South Africa.


My Royalist-Jamaican mother would have been smiling down at me, from her seat on the right-hand side of God, as the taxi arrived to pick me up to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II


Streetwalking Baboons near Mole Game Park, Ghana.
Streetwalking Baboons near Mole Game Park, Ghana.
Streetwalking Baboons near Mole Game Park, Ghana.


The young American couple and their blonde children next door are leaving Ghana. “Too poor,” they say. They’ve had enough.

Children of the Damned from the 1960 British horror film Village of the Damned.

You were in charge as long as you were on your own. Once someone white came along, you became his or her assistant.

Whitechapel Road, 1965: All photos by David Granick/courtesy Tower Hamlets Local History & Archives Photograph: David Granick
Whitechapel Road, 1965: All photos by David Granick/courtesy Tower Hamlets Local History & Archives Photograph: David Granick
On the corner of Greatorex Street at the heart of the clothing trade in the East End of London, 1965. Credit: David Granick / Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.

My silence that day haunts me still.

Photo: AMR Image/Getty Images


I could tell this wasn’t gonna go well.


I had felt a guilty sense of relief when Mom finally went, and it pains me now to think that she had been any burden to me, even in the end.

Three Anglican Priests photographed by Poco (BW)

Paul Boakye

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