AFRICANGLOBE – A girl of nine and her friends were racially abused and attacked – because they didn’t want to have a snowball fight with a group of older White boys.
Little Andrea Buchanan was punched and kicked and called a n*gger after she and her three friends of similar age told a group of boys they didn’t want to play.
Her distraught mother Khalilah Usman fears the racially abusive incident – the second in less than a year for Andrea – will scar her daughter for life.
Andrea, who is in her top set at school in year five, and will sit her GCSE in maths and English before she leaves primary school next year, has written a heart rending letter addressed ‘Dear Conscience’ about her ordeal.
The nine-year-old, who is of of Jamaican and Pakistani heritage, writes: “I wish I could talk to someone to describe how it feels being a young, beaten, Black girl. I was terrified when the boys called me a n*gger. When I was on holiday last summer girls there called me a Black bitch, dirty n*gger.”
She adds: “The best person to talk to would be a White person.”
Her three friends, who are all from the same family – Clarissa Smith, also nine, her sister Clariese, 10, and 11-year-old CJ, have also written letters. Clarissa writes|: “It shook us the most to be called a n*gger.”
The children were also subjected to sexually explicit verbal abuse. CJ, the only boy in the group, was assaulted for trying to protect his younger sisters and Andrea.
Their attackers are believed to be a group of up to seven boys aged between 11 and 13 of Eastern European origin. West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses.
Their ordeal happened yards from Andrea’s home in Winson Green, Birmingham, UK, last Friday teatime (January 18) as she and her friends walked to the local chip shop, Kebab Island in Bacchus Road, to collect a food order for Andrea’s mum.
As they waited outside, the boys asked them to have a snowball fight. When they refused, they were attacked and racially abused, all returning home frightened and in tears.
BLACK KIDS TRAUMATIZED: Little Andrea Buchanan’s Letter Shows Her Pain
Mum Khalilah, of White and Pakistani heritage, who was brought up in Cardiff and has her own mental scars of enduring racial abuse as a child, added: “The lack of education in these boys is appalling. They have obviously picked up these words of hate from within their families, making them completely intolerant of people from other races.
“Andrea is of mixed heritage with Black, White and Asian roots and we always celebrate Vaisakhi, the Reggae Simmerdown in Handsworth Park and the annual arts festival in town. We’re proud of being an educated, racially tolerant family.
“This latest incident is damaging her confidence and crushing her inside. She punched a wall yesterday out of sheer frustration which is totally out of character.”
Khalilah called police immediately after the children returned home and officers were at the house within 20 minutes, but she feels more could be done to find their attackers.
She said: “The police have been given descriptions and told the street where we believe the boys live, but it is being left to us to contact officers if and when we see them again. It would not take a miracle to find them.
“I could have sent out a vigilante group – in fact I am having to hold back friends from trying to find these boys themselves. I feel more could be done.”
Inspector Warren Little, of West Midlands Police told reporters: “What started as an innocent incident with children throwing snowballs escalated and resulted in two young girls being racially abused.
“We are treating this as a racially aggravated crime. Neighbourhood officers have spoken to the girls’ mothers, have made local inquiries and are continuing to work hard in the area to identify the children responsible and their parents.
“This area of Birmingham is a diverse, vibrant community and this type of incident is very rare. However, it is disturbing to hear this kind of behaviour taking place between children. We would ask anyone who witnessed what happened or knows anything about it to come forward and contact us as soon as possible on the 101 police number.”
ANDREA BUCHANAN’S LETTER IN FULL
I hope you understand how I feel about what happened on Friday 18th January 2013.
It doesn’t matter if I’m Black because we are all human beings. God made us all to love and care for each other – that’s how you love God.
This is the second time I have been beaten up for being Black – two times. One when I was on holiday and was supposed to be enjoying myself, and the second when six or seven Romanian boys were beating me and my mates when we were going to the chippie. Our food was cold because we couldn’t escape from the boys.
On the holiday I was scared to leave my caravan. When I was getting hit by the boys it was . . . it’s speechless to describe when you’re a nine-year-old Black girl always getting beaten for being Black.
The night we got beaten by the boys I went in the shower and I was washing my hair and found two bruises on my knuckles. Expressing my feelings on a boring piece of paper is hard. I wish I could talk to someone to describe how it feels being a young, beaten, Black girl. The best person to talk to would be a WHITE person.
I was terrified when the boys called me a n*gger and the girls on holiday called me a black bitch, dirty n*gger. I really hope you understand how I feel. I wish I could take the boys back in time and make them a Black person, so they feel THE PAIN.”
By; Poppy Brady