“Of course I do racism growing up, of course I knew it existed,” Rishi Sunak, 43, told the BBC.
Racism “stung you like very little else”, added the head of the conservative government. “And I had a job where I was criticized every day, every hour, every minute. It stings you. It hurts.”
Rishi Sunak was questioned on the sidelines of a cricket match, days after damning reports emerged that it was a racist and sexist elite sport.
“One day I was with my younger brother and sister in Southampton (southEnglish) and people say some things and I feel very bad,” said Rishi Sunak. “I feel bad. And I took my brothers and sisters with me and I don’t want them to hear and be exposed (about this). It was very difficult.”
“We must eradicate it”
But the Prime Minister assures in this interview that the country has changed. “What comforts me is that the things that happened to me when I was a kid, I don’t think would happen to my kids today, because I think we’ve made tremendous progress as a country and we should be proud.”
“Racism, sexism or anything else has no place in our society and when we see it, we have to eradicate it,” said Rishi Sunak too.
Rishi Sunak, who grew up in Southampton, is the eldest of three children and the son of a public health system general practitioner and a pharmacist. Born in India or of Indian descent, his grandparents emigrated from East Africa to England in the 1960s.
He rose quickly to the elite by attending Winchester College, a swanky boarding school for boys. He then studied politics, philosophy, and economics at the prestigious universities of Oxford, England, and Stanford, USA.
He found reports about cricket, a sport he loved so much, “sad”. “That, for people who love cricket, is very difficult to read.”
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