Singer Jamelia calls out racism on a train, and her 11-year-old’s response is amazing [TWEETS]

Emily Apple

The singer Jamelia released a series of tweets after confronting racism on a train. But it was the contribution from her 11-year-old daughter which left the perpetrator blushing.

Jamelia, who is also a presenter on ITV‘s Loose Women, was questioned by a fellow passenger over whether she held a first class ticket. She claims that the passenger accosted her because she and her daughter were the only people of colour in the carriage:

Let’s be honest, you’ve asked me because I look like [a] young black girl & you’ve allowed your prejudice to speak for you.

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The tweets

Jamelia started her series of tweets with:

And then continued by explaining:

Jamelia questioned her further about why she chose to challenge her about her ticket:

And she then laughed at her and said:

The woman responded:

Her daughter’s response

Following the exchange, Jamelia and her daughter moved to another table. And a white man soon sat at the table with the woman. But instead of questioning him about his ability to sit in the first class carriage, the woman remained silent.

And it was Jamelia’s daughter who highlighted the situation:

Just for the record, Jamelia also posted a photograph of her tickets on Twitter:

Racism in the UK

Following the Brexit vote, there was a 57% rise in hate crime. Every day there are heartbreaking stories of the racism people face. And this racism is fuelled by the press and politicians.

But people will keep challenging it. As Jamelia tweeted:

But it is disgraceful that in 2017 that this is still needed – and that things seem to be getting worse. It is down to all of us to challenge and confront racism wherever we see it. And we need to ensure that we raise children who are as effective at calling it out as this 11-year-old.

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