Hamilton: I was bullied, beaten so I went to karate

Lewis Hamilton continues to wear his heart on his sleeve in these trying times where racism has grabbed the headlines in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy, the Formula 1 World Champion has garnered big support for his out-cry against injustices that have sparked violent demonstrations.

In another revealing and heartfelt message to his social media followers, Hamilton recalled his own struggles growing up and the racial discrimination and bullying he experienced.

The Mercedes F1 driver, wrote on Instagram,  “I’ve been reading every day to try to stay on top of everything that’s been happening in our fight against racism, and it’s brought back so many painful memories from my childhood.

“Vivid memories of the challenges I faced when I was a kid, as I’m sure many of you who have experienced racism or some sort of discrimination have faced. I have spoken so little about my personal experiences because I was taught to keep it in, don’t show weakness, kill them with love and beat them on the track.

“But when it was away from the track, I was bullied, beaten and the only way I could fight this was to learn to defend myself, so I went to karate. The negative psychological effects cannot be measured.

“This is why I drive the way I do, it is far deeper than just doing a sport, I’m still fighting. Thank God I had my father, a strong black figure who I could look up to, that I knew understood and would stand by my side no matter what.

“Not all of us have that but we need to stand together with those who may not have that hero to lean on and protect them. We must unite! I have wondered why 2020 seemed so doomed from the start but I’m starting to believe that 2020 may just be the most important year of our lives, where we can finally start to change the systemic and social oppression of minorities.

“We just want to live, have the same chances at education, at life and not have to fear walking down the street, or going to school, or walking into a store whatever it may be. We deserve this as much as anyone.

“Equality is paramount to our future, we cannot stop fighting this fight, I for one, will never give up! #blacklivesmatter #endracism #nevergiveup #wewinandwelosetogether

Grand Prix247 Comment:

Lewis Hamilton has done our sport proud with his stance on racism and having the guts to speak out, inspire Formula 1 – the world where he is The King – to react to the atrocities. Every motor racing driver, team, organiser and all true fans of our sport should be proud of Lewis and his stance.
As for his latest revelations, we can only hope he forgives and takes heart in the fact that his hardships and suffering has made him into one of the greatest racing drivers in motor racing history.
But the truth is his pure agenda-less humanity transcends sport.
We are proudly with you Lewis!

 

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I’ve been reading every day to try to stay on top of everything that’s been happening in our fight against racism, and it’s brought back so many painful memories from my childhood. Vivid memories of the challenges I faced when I was a kid, as I’m sure many of you who have experienced racism or some sort of discrimination have faced. I have spoken so little about my personal experiences because I was taught to keep it in, don’t show weakness, kill them with love and beat them on the track. But when it was away from the track, I was bullied, beaten and the only way I could fight this was to learn to defend myself, so I went to karate. The negative psychological effects cannot be measured. This is why I drive the way I do, it is far deeper than just doing a sport, I’m still fighting. Thank God I had my father, a strong black figure who I could look up to, that I knew understood and would stand by my side no matter what. Not all of us have that but we need to stand together with those who may not have that hero to lean on and protect them. We must unite! I have wondered why 2020 seemed so doomed from the start but I’m starting to believe that 2020 may just be the most important year of our lives, where we can finally start to change the systemic and social oppression of minorities. We just want to live, have the same chances at education, at life and not have to fear walking down the street, or going to school, or walking into a store whatever it may be. We deserve this as much as anyone. Equality is paramount to our future, we cannot stop fighting this fight✊🏾, I for one, will never give up! #blacklivesmatter #endracism #nevergiveup #wewinandwelosetogether

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