Saira Khan: Asian culture has held me back more than racism

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 April 2021
Saira Khan

Saira Khan

Saira Khan has heaped praise on British society in a lengthy Instagram post

Saira Khan thinks "Asian culture" has held her back more than racism.

The 50-year-old TV personality has taken to Instagram to heap praise on Britain for helping to "recognise" her potential.

In a statement posted on the photo-sharing platform, Saira wrote: "As an Asian woman born in this country to immigrant parents, I am proud to be British, grateful for this country helping my parents to help me to recognise and realise my potential.

"If I'm honest, as an Asian woman it's my Asian culture that has tried to hold me back more than any racism I have faced. That's my truth."

Saira subsequently insisted she can "see both" sides of the racism debate, acknowledging that it's a very complicated issue.

The TV star – who has kids Amara and Zachariah with Steve Hyde – also discussed the complexities of having mixed race children.

She wrote: "As a woman in a mixed marriage with a mixed race child, I can say from first hand experience, there is prejudice on both sides – it is not just white people hating on those of colour.

"The colour of my skin has not hindered my progress in this country. In fact right now, the world we live in, it’s an advantage to be a woman of colour, because there is a need from all institutions for better representation of our society.

"The focus on white people and their unconscious bias has been documented well. I think it is also time for many Asian and Black communities to look deep at their own prejudices and admit that they too need to make changes in order to take advantage of all the opportunities this country had to offer. (sic)"

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