Brooklyn, NY in 1922 – at age 5
The Specials singer Terry Hall has said he was kidnapped in France as a child.
“At 12 I got abducted by a paedophile ring in France and that was a real eye-opener,” he told Richard Herring on his podcast.
The 59-year-old said he lived with depression as a result and dropped out of education at 14.
I was 11 years old when my best friend’s sister approached me at her birthday party. She asked me what my nationality was; when I told her, she replied, “You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal.”
A cloud of shame washed over me. Two adults standing nearby muttered “Aboriginal!” in a condescending tone which signalled to me that being Aboriginal was somehow dirty. I stood there humiliated. Until this moment, I hadn’t known that I was the only Aboriginal child at the party. It shouldn’t have mattered.