Our daughter, who is adopted, is black and we were firmly told that the hotel was 'not yet multiracial'. It was late and we were weary. Rather than making an immediate outraged departure we asked whether there was any basis on which our daughter could be accommodated. We were told she could stay in our room but that we were to ensure that she was not seen in any of the hotel's public areas. The gentlemen at the bar did not look as if they were drinking to the new South Africa and so the prohibition was probably in our interest.
The Rev John Pridmore
London WC2Reuse content