Andi Peters gets racially profiled in shops by staff who think he’s stealing chocolate

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Andi Peters has opened up about his own experience of racial profiling – including being followed around shops in case he stole.

The cheery Good Morning Britain competition host felt compelled to speak out to Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard after the appearance of former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding, who spoke about Black Lives Matter and the racist abuse he received.

Holding had to apologise after labelling the critique against Black Lives Matter ‘b*****ks’, but Andi wanted to add to the conversation, saying it was ‘refreshing’ to hear it summed up in one word, even if it is pre-watershed.

He told Susanna and Ben: “I think just the use of that one word expressed it all. You know, what sometimes as a person of colour you go through is a load of old… and it's actually just nice to hear somebody say it on television so that everyone hears it.

Andi said that he is often followed in shops until people realise who he is
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“And you know what? What he said about being followed, in shops, supermarkets, because of your colour of the skin? That really exists. It happens to me, I'd say, enough times for me to know 'oh, someone thinks I'm going to nick a Wispa bar'. I'm not – I'm just gonna go and get it and pay for it like everybody else.

“So it is extraordinary. It's just so refreshing to hear somebody speak so openly about it on the television. It meant a lot. It meant a lot to me and I'm sure a lot of people watching at home. You know what, thank you Michael because he speaks the truth.”

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Susanna admitted that she never experienced being profiled in such a way, and that it was “something to reflect on” as an example of the kind of assumptions made about people of colour.

“You may not experience that. I have, and to be honest with you, a lot. It happens a lot Susanna, and it doesn't happen occasionally,” Andi continued. “It happens a lot. You know it's happening, but there's nothing you can do.

Susanna and Andi discussed how prevalent racial profiling actually is
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“I'm lucky enough that people then go 'Oh, it's you Andi Peters, oh, that's fine'. Well hang on a minute, that means you made an assumption. I'm lucky because somebody eventually realises 'Oh, it's you'. Well, hang on, what does that mean?

“You judge me on the colour of my skin until you realise I'm that bloke off the telly that's fine he won't steal. We're talking about it and I think we shouldn't be ashamed to talk about it.

“And it'll be interesting to see Michael – didn't have a tirade on our show, he didn't use explicit experiences in an explosive manner. He said one word.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV

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