GMB's Alex Beresford talks experience of racism since Piers Morgan exchange

Rianne Houghton
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Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

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Good Morning Britain presenter Alex Beresford has opened up about his own lived experience of racism following his on-air exchange with Piers Morgan last month.

In a piece written for The Telegraph, Alex spoke about his upbringing as mixed-race, and admitted that the recent backlash over his response to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey had led him to "step away" from social media.

Referring to his discussion with Piers over the presenter's treatment of Meghan Markle, which led to Piers briefly walking off set and later leaving the show, Alex said that although he is a "strong person", he has since struggled with "relentless" racist abuse online.

Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Related: Piers Morgan walks off Good Morning Britain after Alex Beresford criticises his treatment of Meghan Markle

"Three weeks ago I took part in a television debate about the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to publicly reveal the racism they claimed to have suffered as members of the royal family, and the impact on their mental health," he wrote.

"Since then I have been subjected to relentless racism myself on social media. I haven’t announced it... but I have been forced to step away from Twitter and Facebook myself, because it was getting too much. I am a strong person, but I am not made of steel.

"These are just the past few weeks of my own, very much lived experience of racism in Britain."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

The GMB host went on to explain that racism "comes in many forms", and that he knows of "dozens" of occasions where either he or his friends have faced "institutional racism".

"Not all racism is caught on camera," Alex continued. "Between myself and friends we have dozens of examples of where we have faced institutional racism throughout our lives: in some of their cases, losing out in the workplace and restricted opportunities."

Alex also went on to reveal that Harry and Meghan's interview had "resonated" with him on a personal level, echoing previous comments made on Good Morning Britain just a few weeks ago.

Photo credit: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese
Photo credit: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese

Related: Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford recalls workplace racism in defence of Meghan Markle's interview

Addressing viewers in March, Alex said: "I've walked into institutions as the only person of colour and experienced covert and overt racism in so many occasions.

"Why the Meghan interview really resonates with me is because an ex-work colleague – not off this show – asked me if I was worried the shade of cocoa my son was going to come out.

"So I fully understand the hurt that is behind all of that."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk) or Black Minds Matter (www.blackmindsmatteruk.com). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here.

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