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Penzance Actress Thandie Newton On Racism
4:08pm 14th April 2014
Hollywood star Thandie Newton says she was told to 'get back to the jungle' while growing up in Penzance.
The actress moved to the town from Zambia in the 70s.
Thandie reckons her family were bullied because of the colour of their skin.
Equality expert Nigel Costley says things have moved on since: "It's a shocking story still, even though it's thirty years on. People stand out when they're in a minority, Cornwall is overwhelming white British, 96 percent white British, but I think most people in Cornwall would be shocked.
"There have been some improvements made and I think most people now accept that it is wrong. But it is a real sad story to hear, even though thirty years ago, that a great Hollywood actress remembers Cornwall for being abused because of the colour of her skin."
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