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Travelling to his African home

David Monteith has traced the path of an ancestor — one of the few Africans to document his journey into slavery. Malcolm Doney reports

At the age of eight, David Monteith returned home from school one day, and said to his mother: “I wish I was white.”

He had fallen for a girl in his class and had asked her out. But she had replied: “You’d be all right if you were white.” The incident, he says, made him realise that everything he associated with success was white. “For instance, cowboys always had a steely blue-eyed gaze and blond hair that blew in the wind. That wasn’t me.”

His mother sat him ...

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