Lewis Hamilton: “I was already being bullied at the age of six”

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Lewis Hamilton says since an early age he experienced “constant jabs, things are either thrown at you like bananas, or people that would use the n-word just so relaxed”.

In an interview on the ‘On Purpose with Jeff Shetty’ podcast, Lewis Hamilton opened up about the awful racial bullying he received from an early age.

“I was already being bullied at the age of six,” Hamilton said.

“I think at the time of that particular school, I was probably one of three kids of colour, and just bigger and stronger bullying kids were throwing me around a lot of the time.

“And then the constant jabs, things are either thrown at you like bananas, or people that would use the n-word just so relaxed.


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“People calling you half-caste and you know, just really not knowing where you fit in. That for me, was difficult.

“When you go into history class and everything you learn in history, there are no pictures of people of colour in the history that they were teaching us.

“So, I was thinking, ‘oh, well, where are the people that look like me?’” the Briton concluded.

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