The mum-of-two, who wishes to be known as Mrs A, is originally from the Caribbean but lives in Richmond – one of the richest neighbourhoods in London
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A black mum has revealed the sickening racist abuse she has faced in London – including being called a “monkey” on her own street.
She described recent racist abuse both she and her teenage children have had to endure, including her 15-year-old son being told he was a “slave” while walking home in the dark.
The mum-of-two, who wishes to be known as Mrs A, is originally from the Caribbean but lives in Richmond – one of the richest neighbourhoods in the capital.
She said that most recently her son was abused at a train station in the area, in one of multiple racial attacks her family has been victim to in the last year, MyLondon reports.
She said: “Last Thursday my 15-year-old black Caribbean son was on his way back home at around 5.18pm, he stopped at the gate of the crossing rail of North Sheen.
“He suddenly heard across the gate opposite to him in diagonal a white male shouting racist slurs at him. Racial and sexual abuse slurs to be precise.
“The white male said to him that my son is a slave and later told him to suck his white d***.
“My son stayed strong and told him he is not scared of him even though it was getting dark and he felt like no one will actually help him if anything goes wrong.
“People were more concerned about finding excuses for that white male than seeing how horrendous the situation is/was. Thankfully he filmed the whole thing and took photos.”
Mrs A said that this instance wasn’t a surprise and that recently she was the victim of a racial attack just yards from her own home.
“Last October a white male in Ham, Richmond, started to shout at me racial slurs and called me a monkey,” she said.
“I obviously talked back and luckily the police were around.
“One of the neighbours came spontaneously to back up what happened and to tell the story to the police.”
Mrs A says the multiple racist attacks her family has faced has left her worried for their safety in the capital.
She said she feels like there has been a change of attitude amongst the general public since the pandemic began which has increased the animosity she feels living in London.
She said: “Since Covid there is something that has changed, people are more aggressive. I can feel that people are feeling entitled to expose their racism right in our Caribbean faces without fearing facing consequences.
“With what happened to my son this is the third time in less than 12 months that violence and racism occur against my kids and me.
“In more than 10 years over here, I have never encountered such behaviour from anyone. I know that life in London is not unicorn and chocolate but what’s going on is a bit extreme.
“How to feel serene? How to trust the system when you are alone with your trauma?
“How to feel confident when you know that there is no concrete consequences for violence against women, kids and racism? It will keep rising then.”
Overall, Mrs A has praised the efforts of police who have helped her when reporting incidents and making complaints.
Despite this, she still wishes to see a shift in the way that racism is dealt with.
She said: “I feel like the step after the police recording the issue is where nothing happens. I feel for the police who most of the time have been kind and concerned by our distress.
“But at the same time, it feels that racism is rising and consequences are falling.”
Mrs A doesn’t want to stop living in London and still sees the capital as home, with Richmond being one of the safest boroughs.
Closing, she said: “The misbehaving of a few will not alter the joy and happiness of being a part of that great melting pot.
“I encourage everyone victim of racism or discrimination to take the step further and report it, the very few that are feeling entitled to act so badly must feel that it is unacceptable and will one day have consequences.”
In response, a spokesperson from the Metropolitan police, said: “The Met has refreshed our overall approach to tackling hate crime in order to provide better support to victims, to enable a stronger response towards offenders of hate crime and to improve accessibility of our service to Londoners across all communities.
“We take all reports of hate crime with the utmost seriousness. London is a very diverse city and the vast majority of residents and visitors treat one another with respect. Sadly, certain sections of our communities are subjected to deplorable abuse and harassment.
“The Met does not tolerate any form of discrimination or abuse.
“We have continued to increase victim referrals to CATCH, an alliance of charities who give specialist help and advice to victims and witnesses of hate crime.
“We are also working closely with CPS hate crime leads to explore all opportunities to increase our sanction detection rates and positive outcomes around hate crime.
“We have a dedicated Hate Crime Policy & Development Team whose aim is to coordinate the Met’s response to hate crime and deliver improvements for victims.
“Anyone in London who is a victim of a hate crime is asked to report it to the police via 101 or tweeting @MetCC. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online, or via the TruVision website.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.