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Four Women on Being Black in Cornwall – Is It Getting Better?

Cornwall is one of six Celtic nations. Famous for its spectacular coastline, rich cultural history and distinct identity. As well as being considered a quintessential British holiday location, it is also known for being one of the whitest counties in England (98.2% White British). I was born in Truro and grew up in rural West Cornwall with a landscape of low hedges and a view to both coasts from the top of the hill. I lived in the same house, near a village called Praze-an-Beeble, until I moved to Bath for university in 2008. Other than returning for two years to plan my next move, I have lived elsewhere for most of my adult life. 

I have turned 30 now, and living in Brighton, I’ve kept the sea and countryside closeby. During lockdown, I started to crave Cornish landscapes. But, in the wake of George Floyd's death and all that’s followed - I’ve felt relief that I’m not there. Visits fulfil my craving for space and nature, but also bring reminders (and, often, fresh experiences) of the othering I experienced growing up.