Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Used to Be A Skinhead And Other Terrifying Tales of Self-Loathing in the Diaspora
On the UK Guardian Thursday is the amazing life story of Nigerian-born actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (famous for his roles in TV shows "Lost" and "OZ") who was raised by white foster parents in the United Kingdom and grew to have a profound hatred for other blacks, including himself. Agbaje struggled to reconcile the white world he was raised in (and his desire to look like the people who were his foster parents) with the expectations of his Nigerian parents. His real life story goes to some terrifying places as a black child convinces himself he's white when faced with abandonment, displacement and racial violence from other children, desperate for love and desperate to find a place in the only world he knew.
I'm still just now reassembling the pieces of my head after it blew up while reading the profile.