Actor Anthony Ekundayo Lennon insists that he & # 39; NOT a white & # 39; is after he was accused of & # 39; fake & # 39; as a mixed race to get an internship … but admits that both his parents are WHITE
- Anthony Ekundayo Lennon says the DNA test proves that he has West African heritage
- The Irish parents of the actor were white, as well as their parents and grandparents
- His father's cousin was mocked with racist nickname for his dark skin
- Anthony told Victoria Derbyshire that he was a & # 39; black man with fair skin & # 39; is
Anthony Ekundayo Lennon insisted today that he & # 39; not a white & # 39; was because he claimed he was pretending to be a mixed race to get a theater grant.
The actor received much criticism last year after he took over the African name Ekundayo and won £ 100,000 in scholarship money for black and ethnic minorities.
This morning he told Victoria Derbyshire that he was considering suicide when people accused him of being black while telling her: & # 39; I am not a white man. & # 39;
He told the show that a DNA test had given him & # 39; the raw data of what I have always known & # 39; and claimed that he & # 39; 32 percent West African & # 39; due to genes & # 39; far back in the family tree & # 39 ;.
His parents, Josephine and Patrick Lennon, were white Irish and moved to Paddington, West London, where Anthony Lennon was born in 1965.
Josephine and Patrick's parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were also white. But a cousin on Patrick's side was known for his dark skin and hair. He even got the racist nickname "Wamba Womba" by neighbors in the 50s.
This morning Anthony said he identifies himself as black while wearing the & # 39; gruesome & # 39; discussed the repercussions he had been dealing with since he & # 39; born again in Africa & # 39; called.
He said that people regularly approached him over the years to ask where he came from and who was black in his family because of his looks. However, he revealed that when he called himself black, he was struck by & # 39; disgusting & # 39; requirements to prove it.
Anthony told Victoria that he once told a man in a cafe that he & # 39; of mixed heritage, African, Celts & # 39; is, only for the stranger who says: & # 39; No, you are white. You just told me that your father and mother are white. & # 39;
He claimed that black people across the country identify him as & # 39; a black man with fair skin & # 39 ;.
And he said a friend of him sent a picture of him to a former police officer and asked how he would describe him in a call to find a missing person.
The former police officer reportedly replied & # 39; IC3 light skin & # 39 ;, which means a black person with light skin.
Anthony told Victoria Derbyshire this morning that he & # 39; not a white & # 39; is because he claimed he was distorted by mixed race
The actor (shown on this morning's show) said that he has had to deal with discrimination all his life
He said he had flashbacks of racism when people accused him of being black.
& # 39; I started getting hundreds of flashbacks and remembering all the terrible, bad things that had happened to me in my life so far in the context of what we call race, the structure of race and hierarchy. & # 39;
Asked if he had ever been discriminated against, he replied: & # 39; Yes, from a child and even until the other week.
& # 39; You can find yourself in situations where you wonder if race is part of the atmosphere, the vibration, if you understand what I mean. & # 39;
Anthony was one of the four & # 39; theater practitioners of color & # 39; Who funded £ 400,000 from the Artistic Director Leadership Program (ADLP), a charity funded by the Arts Council of England. The money will play a role for two years three days a week with the "black-led" theater company Talawa of London.
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