Model Nikita McElroy reflects on anti-blackness and casual racism she experienced in the Filipino community

Beauty queen and model Nikita McElroy, who appeared on The Filipino Channel’s “The People’s Queen” in 2018, said that like many half-Black Filipinos, the injustices and racism being addressed by the #BlackLivesMatter movement resonates greatly with her.

As a young girl in the Philippines, she experienced firsthand some anti-black sentiments and casual racism that’s embedded in the Filipino culture — a result, historians said, of the country’s years under colonial rule.

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