Swaby re­calls racial abuse at Bos­ton Col­lege

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - AKINO MING Staff Reporter

Reg­gae Girl Allyson Swaby says she has suf­fered racial abuse dur­ing her time as a stu­dent ath­lete at Bos­ton Col­lege. Swaby’s com­ments come at a time when racial ten­sions around the world have risen be­cause of the killing of Ge­orge Floyd, an un­armed black man, by po­lice of­fi­cers in the United States two Mon­days ago.

The na­tional de­fender, in an In­sta­gram post, listed sev­eral in­stances where she was sub­jected to dis­crim­i­na­tion be­cause of the colour of her skin.

Di­rected at her Cau­casian friends and fol­low­ers, Swaby said that her post was meant to show why black peo­ple are called to ac­tion and why those ac­tions are jus­ti­fied.


“These are some ex­am­ples of di­rect racism and mi­croag­gres­sions I have ex­pe­ri­enced at Bos­ton Col­lege. I want you to hear some of my ex­pe­ri­ences be­cause we likely still do or have ex­isted in the same com­mu­nity,” she said.

Swaby said that she feels no ha­tred to­wards the peo­ple who racially abused her in col­lege.

“I watched a video of fam­ily mem­bers of the church­go­ers mur­dered in South Carolina in 2015, and lis­tened to them ex­plained how they for­gave the mon­ster who killed their loved ones,” she said.

“I for­gave the ones re­spon­si­ble for the words and ac­tions I men­tioned above, but what I can­not do is stand in si­lence and al­low another per­son to think his/her ac­tions are not racist be­cause they are just kid­ding.”

Swaby now plays for AS Roma in the Se­rie A Women’s league in Italy, a coun­try where black foot­ball play­ers have been sub­jected to racist chants and in­sen­si­tive re­sponse from foot­ball of­fi­cials.

In De­cem­ber of last year, Se­rie A was widely con­demned for an anti-racism art­work which fea­tured





Allyson Swaby (right) makes a pass ahead of team­mate Marlo Sweat­man (cen­tre) and Beatriz Zan­er­atto Joao of Brazil dur­ing Ja­maica’s FIFA Women’s World Cup match against Brazil at the Stade des Alpes in Greno­ble, France, on Sun­day, June 9, 2019.



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