Loose Women star Charlene White has addressed the horrific racist bullying she suffered as a child and admitted she didn’t know she was different until she was targeted at the age of seven.
Just weeks after it was revealed she was mistaken for Brenda Edwards five times at a recent work event, the ITV news presenter recalled she was first exposed to racism at the private school she was sent to by her parents, who together five or six jobs had to be able to afford the fees.
“I was seven and didn’t know I was different until that moment,” Charlene recalls.
“When I moved [to a private school]they weren’t used to kids like me and it was really hard.
“I think my parents were prepared for that, because when I was told to go back to where I came from and that I ‘look like poop’, my parents went straight to school because they knew what it was like, growing up in an incredibly racist environment.’
But the racial abuse hasn’t stopped and has sadly dogged Charlene through her career in the form of internet trolls.
However, the TV host has no problem publicly challenging the vile keyboard warriors.
“I love replying to trolls online now,” Charlene continued to The Sun.
“It’s like, ‘She only got the job because they need to add another black person, so they decided to pick her.’ After a 20-year career, yes, they picked me for this job out of nowhere.”
Last month, Charlene voiced her irritation after attending a television industry party where she was mistaken for co-star Brenda on several occasions.
Taking to Twitter, she wrote: “I’m used to being mixed up with my other black @loosewomen ladies. We all are tbh. Some people are too lazy to figure out that black women don’t all look the same.
“But I’ve spent today with my LW family where I’ve been called Brenda a number of times. My answer? “No, I’m the other black guy.”
She continued, “You have no idea how many black women are mistaken for one another in public. It happens routinely.
“Not only us, too many women and men from minorities every day. It upset me more than usual today, probably because it also happened to some of us at the Pride March on Saturday.
Charlene went on to tell fans how such incidents are often “laughed at” while continuing her Twitter thread.
She concluded: “The first four times it happened today I shrugged it off. But the 5th time was when I left by someone who had spent 10 minutes chatting.
“I honestly left feeling like it doesn’t matter where you are in life, some people will always mistake you for the other black girl in the office.”
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