Committed pilot, Lewis Hamilton confided in his painful experience of racism in a podcast.
Lewis Hamilton lent himself to the game of the famous On Purpose podcast hosted by the English author of Indian origin Jay Shetty, who has made a specialty of collecting the confessions of stars such as Will Smith, Kobe Bryant or even Jennifer Lopez . The career of the seven-time F1 world champion is cheerfully evoked there, like his childhood during which the person concerned suffered the brunt of the violence of intolerance.
From an early age, Lewis Hamilton faced racism. ” I started being bullied when I was six years old. In my school, I was one of only three colored kids and bigger, stronger guys bullied me very often. “, blows the British spearhead of the Mercedes team, which depicts there” the most traumatic and difficult period of (his) life ».
« There was beatings all the time, things being thrown at me, like bananas, and people using the word “nigger” quietly.he continues. People called me half blood, I didn’t know what my place was, for me it was very difficult. But I didn’t feel like coming home and telling my parents that those kids called me a nigger, or that I’d been bullied or beaten up at school. I didn’t want my dad to think I wasn’t strong. »
This week on the podcast I sit down with @lewishamilton and he shows us a different perspective on finding your own purpose. Check out our full talk right here 👉 https://t.co/wL2gsGy6B1 pic.twitter.com/n30f8M2ksP
— Jay Shetty (@jayshetty) January 23, 2023
In July 2020, a month and a half after the death of George Floyd during a police check in the United States, Lewis Hamilton knelt on the sidelines of a Grand Prix with a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt ” on the back. The other drivers on the grid, all wearing an “End racism” t-shirt, had accompanied him then, until some adopted the same posture. Very committed, the child of Stevenage created the Mission 44 foundation and the Ignite organization to promote and promote young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.