NHS worker injured in racially aggravated hit-and-run attack says such incidents must stop

An NHS worker left seriously injured by a racially aggravated hit-and-run has said such incidents “can’t keep going on”.

The 21-year-old, who wishes to be referred to only as K or his stage name Kdogg, said he had not personally experienced racism before the incident.

In his first interview, he said he wanted to raise awareness of the issue and described how friends and family had been left “looking over their shoulder” since what happened.

“If people are doing stuff like this in 2020 and this type of stuff is still going on then it’s just better that everyone is notified,” he said.

“Something has to happen and something has to change. Because we can’t keep living like this.

“We can’t keep going through the same things over and over again. This stuff has been going on for over 400 years.

“We’re all tired of it. It’s not only the person that’s getting attack getting affected, it’s the whole family, people around the person getting attacked and so on.

“Something definitely has to get done about it.”

K said it was important to him to attend the Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

He performed at the march, on June 7, with his lyrics designed to highlight to people that “we’re all one race” and racism is pointless.

“Loads of people are getting affected by this, it’s not only me,” he said.

“We’ve just got to put an end to it. It can’t keep going on.”

He said he never imagined that he would be the victim of such an attack, which was so severe that doctors told him he was lucky to be alive.

“I could have died from this, I could have not been here,” K said.

“You can see how much it’s affecting people like me. We’ve got to put an end to it because this is a horrific situation to be in.”

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