Leona Lewis has shared a deeply personal experience being racially profiled, and says racism is a problem in the UK too.
In a video on Instagram, Leona, who was born to a white mother and a black father, relates a story about how, several years ago, she and her father were racially profiled by a shopkeeper, who kept telling them to put things down and to not touch things. The other customers – who were all white – left the store as things became uncomfortable.
The singer said: “It sparked a rage in me. I started saying, “No, I’m not going to put it down, I’m going to buy it. Why are you targeting us?”