Nigerian singer and celebrity Tunde Obe has narrated how he faced racism when he was 7years old in the United States of America.
The music star and actor in a series of tweets shared via his Twitter page on Friday, June 5, 2020, recounted how a white woman released her dog on him because he was black.
According to him, the event occurred in 1975 when he went to visit a classmate who was ‘white’ at home.
He shared his story amid concerns about racism due to the brutal death of George Floyd, an African-American who died while getting arrested by four corps.
Tunde Obe wrote: “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 towards all races.. I had friends of all races in school and I never discriminated.
“One day I went to visit one of my class mates 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 friends 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…their dog’s name and shouted, “Sick Him!!”. This huge Alsatian dog just went for me..
“But I guess because God still had plans for me, I made it to the gate before the dog could pounce on me. Luckily for me, the dog stopped at the gate.. I didn’t stop running till I got home.
“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.
“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”.