I see it in the media. And I hear about other people who have experienced it. So I don’t want to speak for anyone else. But I’ve never felt any racism in the UK

“I see it in the media. And I hear about other people who have experienced it. So I don’t want to speak for anyone else. But I’ve never felt any racism in the UK. Not even once. I drive Uber almost every day. I’ve had thousands of customers. I always interact with them. They are not angels all the time, of course. But The Prophet teaches us to look seventy times for wisdom in each person. If someone says something negative– I always respond with positivity. I squeeze my hand exerciser and think of the nicest way to reply. Maybe that person doesn’t like my color or religion—I don’t know. But they never show it. Everyone treats me fine. I get a lot of tips. I always give them to my children, and tell them: ‘These are the gifts my passengers give me for good service.’ My children say: ‘What service? You just drive people for five minutes.’ I tell them: ‘There is so much service you can give in five minutes.’”

(London, England)

It was the shortest day of the year: December 21st, 1987. I’d stepped out of the office to go on my lunchtime run

Life was easy as a child. I grew up in Burkina Faso. My father was a primary school teacher and we had everything we needed. But he died when I was eleven. And three years later my mother passed away