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Starting university and becoming the black girl all over again

by Ayanna van der Maten

I grew up in Hackney in East London in a mixed heritage family. I had always felt my race; I had always seen from tv, from the way teachers treated me, from the way old white ladies received my presence, that I was not quite right. I had always known since being a very young child that BLACK was not ideal in the eyes of society. It was not beautiful, it was not smart and it was generally not very pleasing. I had known this, I had internalised it, and I had eventually learned to overcome and stand above it.


Collage by Ayanna van der Maten

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