I was once called shoebomber: English snooker player Hammad Miah shares his own experience of racism

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Many athletes, including Seren Williams, LeBron James, Chris Gayle, Naomi Oska and others, have also spoken against racism and have been offering their support to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

English snooker player Hammad Miah (Reuters Photo)

English snooker player Hammad Miah (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • English snooker player Hammad Miah has spoken against racism
  • Hammad Miah shared his own experience of facing racism following George Floyd death
  • “I did have problems growing up; I faced a lot of racism,” Miah said

English snooker player Hammad Miah has shared his own experience of facing racism following the death of George Floyd in the USA that has led to massive protests across the country.

An unarmed black man named George Floyd was killed after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, after which people have taken to the streets demanding justice in the case and an end to racism.

Many athletes, including Seren Williams, LeBron James, Chris Gayle, Naomi Oska and others, have also spoken against racism and have been offering their support to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Hammad Miah also said that he could relate to the movement as he himself fought against racism while growing up.

“A guy called me a shoebomber once. That was new to me and I was laughing about it because I didn’t know what he was going on about. It was only afterwards, when reading up on it, did it become an insult, Miah was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“I did have problems growing up; I faced a lot of racism,” Miah said. “But that has shaped me into the person I am today.

“It is because of Islam that I have calmed down a little bit. That experience of being called a Paki or taking the piss out of me because I am Muslim was really tough.”

“When I was growing up, the only way out was fighting,” Miah said. “Slowly people started to realise that what they [racists] were saying was wrong.

“Some people have no idea what we go through and that is why we can relate to this #BlackLivesMatter movement taking place at the moment. We get it because we feel discriminated against all the time.”

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