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The young woman who was racially abused growing up in Cornwall

The young woman who was racially abused growing up in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:02am 16th June 2020.

A young woman has opened up to Pirate FM about how she was racially abused when she was growing up in Cornwall.

Cheveay Oakley has both English and Jamaican heritage and lived in Camborne from the age of six until she was 19, when she moved back to London.

The now 20-year-old says when she was living in the Duchy she was picked on for the colour of her skin, had racial slurs thrown at her and was left feeling alone and humiliated.

She says she has fond memories of her childhood but it came with a lot of obstacles to do with racism.

Cheveay said she would often feel pushed out by certain groups and people, she'd feel unwelcome and that people would notice she was one of the only black children in a classroom, if not the only one.

Now she is now raising awareness of her experience with racism and wants to help stop the prejudice and discrimination.

Cheveay Oakley
Cheveay Oakley was racially abused when she grew up in Cornwall

"I would have racial slurs thrown at me from passing cars and complete strangers.

"There was one incidence where I was going to meet some friends and a car with some people who I knew drove passed me, calling me the N-word, when I got there to meet my friends they were parked up and repeatedly called me the N-word again until I walked away.

"In that moment I felt very alone and humiliated, and just wondered why that made me a target. Why would I be a target because of my skin colour, why would I not be wanted because of my skin colour, why would that make a difference, I've grown up in Cornwall like everyone else, and share the same values of being a good person."

Cheveay Oakley

Cheveay Oakley
The 20-year-old wants to stop the prejudice and discrimination - and is urging people to be kind to one another

Cheveay is urging other people to be understanding and accepting of people, for who they are.

"My family came down one time to visit and we were referred to as monkeys. People would stop their conversations to stare at us.

"My skin colour does not determine the person I am, listen to me speaking, look at the things that I'm doing, rather than judging just by the colour of my skin."

Cheveay Oakley

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