Lenny Henry finally speaks out about racism in the UK.
Lenny Henry has talked about how his family was treated badly in the UK.
In an interview with The Times, the Rings of Power actor talked about being treated badly because of his race. He said, “My sister Kay came over on my dad’s Jamaican passport.”
“People used to attack my brothers on their way to and from work, and they had to fight back. My mum was chased down the street by people who wanted to know where her tail was.”
Henry said this about the Windrush scandal: “You can live in this country for 52 years, pay your taxes, send your kids to school, find a partner, etc., but you can’t be a citizen.” They can tell you to go back to a place you haven’t been to since you were four years old.”
He said, “This is a very strange British tragedy.”
Henry’s first play, August in England, is based on the BBC show 2019 Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, which was his inspiration.
The story is based on the life of British-born Jamaican August Henderson. After getting caught up in the Windrush scandal, which led to the removal of many Commonwealth citizens and the loss of their legal rights, he was told he could be sent back to his home country.