Singer Tunde shares his racism story while they were in United States of America.
Due to the racism of some white persons towards blacks and the present incident that surfaced on May 25th 2020, how George Floyd died of police brutality which he suffered from the officer who kneeled on his neck for about 9 minutes.
Nigerian singer, Tunde Obe remembers how he was once chased out of his white Friend’s house with a dog when he went to visit him.
He said, if you have ever experienced the racism of the white! It will forever be resentful in the mouth, explaining that his father was an Ambassador who had travelled to so many countries which he was also transferred to the United States in the mid 70s.
“A thread: If you have suffered racism, it will forever leave a sour taste in your mouth. My father was a diplomat (Ambassador), so he was always transferred to different countries. In 1974 he was transferred to America. We lived in Washington DC. I grew up with a free mind,” he tweeted.
Tunde said that the event happened to him when he went to visit his classmate and the parent of his friend released a dog to chase him out of the house because he was a black guy.
“Towards all races. I had friends of all races in school and I never discriminated. One day I went to visit one of my classmates at his home. He was White. His house was not too far from mine, so I walked. I got there and I rang their bell. His Mom, a White lady, came out.”
“Looked at me with disgust and asked what I wanted. I mentioned my friend’s name and she opened the latch on the gate to let me in.. She said I should follow her, as she walked towards the backyard, where I assumed my friend was. As soon as she turned the corner she called.”
This encounter was imprinted in his heart to this day as he did nothing to deserve such an abnormal experience at age of 7.
“That experience has remained engraved in my mind till today. I will never forget how she was shouting “Get the Nigger”, as I ran for my dear life. The first time I would experience such hatred. I had done nothing to deserve. I was only about 7 or 8 years old.”
In his conclusion, Tunde said “no to racism” as it is the other pandemic being fought amongst whites to black around the world today!
“This was in 1975, or thereabouts. Racism has been around for a very long time. I pray that one day it will be relegated to the dustbin of history, where it belongs. People should be judged by their character and not their skin colour.. #SayNoToRacism.”