I’ve done something kind of special for you guys, because I was torn between two topics I figured you deserve both so here I am delivering to you a sort of 2 for 1 special… aren’t I lovely.
October is here AND Black History Month is upon us in the UK, we should celebrate because we are going to hopefully have this important topic be the focal point for a while without saturation from the typical nonsense that floods our media streams BUT it will probably just be wishful thinking because we know people can’t live without a bit of silliness like the Oloni thread.
Why can’t we just hold our attention to what matters for longer than a day?
I don’t know about everyone else but I want this Black History month to be different, we’re constantly reminded of the slave trade and what African Americans went through in order to improve their livelihood. That stuff is so pivotal but in the UK we must focus on our own history and not be too infatuated with our USA counterparts (will touch on this later).
Most of us here in the UK could recite many of the past pioneers who have battled against racism and discrimination, such as: MLK, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman etc.
How many of you reading know the names of any UK individuals that have worked to improve the lives of Black people in Britain?
Now honestly I can’t name anyone myself, but I wouldn’t say that this is all my fault. The school system in this country has to do better and really provide a curriculum that teaches black history that includes what has happened in the UK.
It’s crazy to believe that in 2018 we still have to argue and fight the fact that black people have a home in British history. I haven’t really been big on this throughout my life but that was very naive of me. Now I am older it has dawned me how important narrative is. In life whoever controls the narrative has the power, we all know who has both of those right?
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We shouldn’t continue…actually we CAN’T continue to allow others to tell our story and dictate how our lives are and how we feel, we have to do what we can do. The one thing that no one can take away from us is our freedom of speech!
I can see ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge being used in classrooms in future and analysed because she did an amazing job of capturing the racist history in Britain and documenting the past pioneers who have fought for our rights. This is the type of thing that has a lasting impact to those who will choose to have a read.
We as people tend to have at least that one person that we kind of look up to and have as a role model or someone who we really admire. These people can be from anywhere across the world but funny enough I don’t usually catch people wanting to emulate anyone from the UK.
This is honestly something that I think can extend to being toxic. Too often we imitate the African American culture and use their stars as our examples of success, but why?
There is an issue here that I feel is overlooked. Us as a race find it hard to support our own in Britain consistently but then we expect our situation to change. In the UK we’re already a minority with so many obstacles to face. Why should we be obstacles to ourselves and each other?
You may notice that when I write I ask a lot of questions, this is because I stress the fact that I’m not an expert in what I’m discussing, nor do I think you have to agree with me. Honestly my main aim is just to spark thought and a help us engage in the important conversations that we need to have!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my article but sadly it’s come to an end now, I have a blog site with a whole bunch of blogs that are very good if I say so myself, I speak on a variety of different topics that are relatable. I try to be bold and honest.
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