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First black Miss Ireland exposes horrific racist abuse she’s suffered since the win

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First black Miss Ireland exposes horrific racist abuse she’s suffered since the win

“It feels amazing to be that face that young black girls can look at and say, ‘yes she did that, so we can as well.'”Those are the words of 26-year-old medical scientist Pamela Uba. She’s been crowned Miss Ireland 2021, becoming the first black woman in history to win the title. The competition has been running since 1947, but Pamela says it’s “crazy to imagine that 74 years went by before anyone different won this.”

Pamela hit back at trolls who accused her of not representing Irish people and not being ‘grateful’ for the opportunity to live in the country – saying it was ‘just a snippet’ of the abusive behavior she had faced. Pamela Uba will go on to represent the country at Miss World. The first black Miss Ireland has revealed she has been targeted with racist messages since she was crowned. She told how she was delighted at the “significant” moment for Ireland and its minority communities.

However, her joy was soon blighted as ugly messages of hate began flooding her social media. She said the racist comments had begun when she was crowned Miss Galway and had got even worse since she was announced, Miss Ireland.

Pamela moved to the Republic of Ireland from South Africa aged seven,with her mum and three siblings. They lived in a direct provision centre – a system of asylum seeker accommodation – before moving to a place in County Mayo.

At the time, her mother was given €9 for each child, every week, from the government.”In the centre was quite a strange life, we were quite dependent on the government, we weren’t allowed to work so it was quite a hard time for my mum at the time.”It’s just a strange way to grow up, I didn’t really like my friends coming over because I didn’t want them to see me as very different.”

Author: Linda .R. Jones

London, UK

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