If you are black and you grew up in Scotland, how are you supposed to feel? Or Both?
Filmmaker Stewart Kyasimire wanted to understand how his eight-year-old daughter might see herself fitting into Scottish life. Born and bred here, she is immersed in Scottish culture.
But having grown up in the s, with few black and Scottish role models, Stewart knew his experience was very different to what Yasmin's will be. He asked prominent black Scots from three generations what it means to be black and Scottish.
Their answers feature in a new BBC Scotland documentarywhich reveals how growing up black in Scotland, for a lot of people, meant feeling like the only black person in the world. For Scotland's first Rasta councillor, who views himself as black, Scottish and Rastafarian, race was less important to his peers than the football team he supports. Mr Campbell is bringing more prominence to Black History Month at events in the city.
First look at black and scottish
He has worked to highlight the role of the slave trade in his city's history. He said: "If you have a slavery name, it's inherited from the ancestors who were owned and enslaved by the people who owned these plantations.
I knew Scotsmen had done that. We are like the walking exhibits in a crime scene as the evidence Scotland had that colonial past. Actors, TV personalities, academics, sportsmen and social media stars all said they stood out in a predominantly white country.
You were always challenged - 'but where are you really from? Filmmaker Stewart said the most common thing he heard when he went anywhere with his Scottish accent was: "I didn't know there were black people in Scotland. Mixed or multiple ethnic groups represented 0. He said his mother walked around Edinburgh thinking that "everyone looked the same".
He jokes about growing up the odd one out: "When you see another black person you say 'There's another one - I must find them and I must be friends with him'. But he also described the devastating racism that was the norm at school.
There were no black Scottish role models. Another theme from many of the contributors was that of not feeling "fully Scottish" and of not fitting in.
Many black Scots speak of being torn between two worlds. Like many other mixed race people in the documentary, TV presenter Jean Johansson, from Glasgow, said it can be hard to fit in anywhere. Stewart's greatest hope is that by putting role models in front of his daughter, she will be able to look in the mirror and be proud to be black and proud to be Scottish.
He said: "Maybe one day she will only have to say one thing: 'I'm Scottish'. Looking into Scotland's black history. Pride and prejudice: Scotland's complicated black history.
Ncuti has struggled with his national identity. She said: "In Africa, I was regarded as white.
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Published 8 October Around the BBC.