FRIDAY THOUGHTS: WHY YOUR VOICE MATTERS IN THE FACE OF INEQUALITY

Friday, 18 August 2017 Holborn, London UK














"No-one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn that, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela


Hello lovelies,

So I guess this post is going to be a little glum, and a little bit of a vent from me. 

The first thing I wanted to chat about was the state of American Politics, as for the past few days, I've been turning on the news to see the chaos in Charlottesville, and my heart breaks. To see the hatred, the bigotry and (seemingly not condemned by their President), has been not only distressing, but incredibly poignant.

We all like to think that we live in a society devoid of racial prejudice. And of course, as a society, we have come on leaps and bounds. But I fear we have halted, and may even begin to be taking steps backwards, the US in particular.

I feel that being biracial has enabled me to see the world without prejudice just that little better. I see my black mum and my white dad who I both love so much, and I see no stereotypes or connotations that the wider world might attach to the colour of their skin. But yet, I also see the way in which the world sees them, and the considerably higher privilege bestowed on my Dad simply for that fact that he was born white.

I'm incredibly proud of my cultural heritage. I value and celebrate both sides. I'm aware that being mixed race has given me a very interesting perspective of race. And one day I hope to write a post all about mixed race identity and my experience of being the grey area in a very black and white world.

One thing I can say I have learnt, however, is that there is far more that we have in common than that which separates us.

Wherever you go in the world people strive, struggle and live for the same things. My black mum and white dad have had completely different upbringings, in completely different parts of the world, and yet, they are the same. They laugh, they love, they suffer, they grieve, they work, they dream. They live. Anywhere you go in the world, people are all essentially the same. They are human.

Which is why equality is so important. All life is sacred, and thus, we must always stand up for the protection, freedom and value of all lives.

But this is not what is happening. It's 2017 and we still live in a world where a black man can get shot by a police officer, and the officer walks free. We live in a world where a white supremacist mows down a group of anti-fascist protestors, and the president condemns 'all sides'. We need to start valuing black bodies as much as we value other races, and fast.

It's difficult, because we are fighting an unbelievably tough battle. We must be realistic, and realise that centuries of unequal, racist ideology is not going to be erased overnight.

Nevertheless, we must try. Every small shift in thinking, in treatment and in stereotype is yet another small battle won in the even bigger war.

When we support each other, we all win. Which is why equality is a cause which we all must fight for; white, black, asian, you name it. Racism as an institutional issue is the fault of no one alive today. I don't see the need to blame those now for the sins of their ancestors. Institutional racism is a centuries old systemic issue which still holds heavy remnants in our society. But as the saying goes, if you stay silent in the midst of oppression, you choose the side of the oppressor. Please don't be that person. Voice your anger. Talk to your friends, your relatives, try to niggle away at the small prejudices you suspect them of having, educate them as best you can. And even if there is no change, at least you have tried.

I can be a contradiction. I'm usually a pessimist, but the one time when I am generally optimistic is with people. I try always to see the best in them. Which is why I don't believe these white supremacists, these bigots and far right conservatives are fundamentally bad people. They are just people. People who have learnt to hate, who have stayed ignorant for one reason or another. Prejudice is not inherent, it is taught and learnt. Which is why these individuals can just as easily un-learn this prejudice and learn to treat everybody equally. 
Take the time to be angry, but then re-open your heart. Meeting hate with hate only breeds more segregation, and we simply cannot afford to harbour any more of that.

Until next time,
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx

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