The other day, in the bus, I got up to give my seat to an elderly woman. She responded by saying, in front of everyone, “I don’t need your help – you’re black!” Another elderly woman said the same thing when I tried to help her cross a street.
A few days ago I went to the bank. I was waiting in line behind two Ukrainian people. When my turn came, the bank teller closed the counter and said it was time for her break, when a timer in plain view showed that she still had 10 minutes left before her break. I tried to insist, but she said, smiling, that she was tired and that I would have to come back later. This sort of treatment occurs on a regular basis for black people.
Racism is at its worst, though, in football. I myself was beat up after playing in a football game with other Ukrainians, even though I had been invited by a friend. Football hooligans will surely target supporters of the French football team [because the team includes many black and Arab players]. It will be dangerous to go out in the streets if France wins the European football championship.