Film: Tyler Roberts and Jess Carter
Audio described with transcript
I think racial stereotyping happens near enough in everyday life. It’s crazy to say that, but it really does.
I think people's opinions of the way people dress or the way people look happens all the time in shops and other places like that, and I've definitely felt that many times before.
My friends have had a hoodie on going into a shop and they get demanded to take their hood off or leave the shop. And then a white person has been in the shop with a hoodie on and they've not said anything. It's little things like that, whether people mean to be racist or not, it comes across in a racial way.
It’s very harmful to stereotype people because we're all human, we're all in the same world, we're all working and trying to be the best people we can be. And then when you get looked down upon, just because of the colour of your skin, it makes you feel different, and you can really recognise it in how you are looked at.
I've experienced racism but not necessarily with people meaning to be racist or to be rude. Like, I've often had things, like people say that I'm the whitest black person that they've ever met. Because I don't like rap music or the way that I might act or speak, etc. And they've not meant it in a racial way, but I think that just fits in with that stereotype, that a black person should act or behave a certain way.
I think it’s important not to stereotype because we are all human, and we are all on the same world, the same earth, and we need to be together. There's more important matters than the colour of somebody's skin. Doesn't matter if you're black, you're white, you're Asian, you’ve all got a massive part to play.
Who is any one person to judge someone else based on what they look like on the outside?
I think that what's on the inside is the most important and people should be able to be whoever they want to be, regardless of what they look like or where they're from. I think we want people to be who they want to be.
And, you know, if people stereotype them, then they might feel suffocated within themselves to try and behave or act a certain way that's not them. And make themselves unhappy just to please other people.And I think that everyone deserves to just be who they are and be happy within themselves.