‘I’ve changed,’ says a football fan who warned his daughter not to date a black man.
A FOOTBALL fan who warned his daughter against dating a black man now credits her with influencing him.
Neil admits to being racist, sexist, and homophobic in the past. He claims, however, that his daughter Millie has shown him that his behavior is “inappropriate.”
The father and daughter spoke out ahead of England’s first football match on Thursday after three players were racially attacked in the Euro 2020 final.
“I suppose it was probably witnessing Millie’s look of distaste when I made comments,” Neil told the BBC.
“I’m not sure I want to be that kind of role model for her.”
“I don’t want to show Millie what it’s like to be a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, or a bigot as she grows up.
“I wasn’t outwardly racist, but I was racist, sexist, and homophobic on the side.”
“I wasn’t a very pleasant person,” he continued.
“I’m not ashamed to admit it; I’m ashamed of who I used to be because that’s who I was and who I am no longer.”
“One of the things he used to say was, ‘You can’t have a black boyfriend, don’t bring a black boy home,’” Millie recounted.
“Or we’d pass past individuals selling the Big Issue and they’d say things like, ‘Well, we only buy them from English people because they can just go home and be homeless there.’
“It wasn’t an outwardly similar item.
“He wouldn’t say, ‘Oh my God, I despise these people.’
“However, it was mostly in the minor details.”
Neil declared himself to be “anti-racist.”
His daughter also said that they have become “a lot closer.”
“I think Millie taught me that what I was was unacceptable,” Neil remarked.
“Now that I think about it, I strive to teach other people the way Millie taught me.”