Covid-hit minorities fleeing to rural UK face a much older pandemic: racism
Though the great outdoors has surged in popularity, green spaces are not shared equally among all
Being stared at, photographed in secret, and even having a bottle thrown at you – all because you went for a quiet walk through the British countryside.
These are just some of Maxwell Ayamba’s experiences while introducing black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people to rural beauty spots for the past 15 years, many of whom had never ventured beyond the cities they resided in.
“During one of our walks, a lady walker secretly took our picture ... and when she was confronted she said, ‘I have not seen so many black people at one time in the countryside’,” said the 55-year-old Ghanaian researcher and journalist...