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He was just a Nigger.

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Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager shot dead for apparently looking menacing. He left behind a family and a potentially bright future, but don’t worry – he was just a Nigger. Eric Garner, choked to his death for breaking up a fight and no medical team called to the scene in good time, but not to worry – he too was just a Nigger. Mike Brown, shot whilst running away from the police, but considered a threat. But hey, all will be forgotten in a few weeks. He was just a Nigger. Whilst these events took place, society simply carried on as normal, because, well, it was just another Nigger dead.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and the other people that have recently been murdered. I believe strongly that every issue regarding to race relations points back to slavery. Had slavery not occurred, yes racism would exist because where there is diversity there is bound to be conflict, however I doubt it would exist to this extent. There would not be a great divide in superiority and inferiority as determined by slavery, but yes individuals would indeed have some sort of prejudice, but slavery in a sense gave white people the entitlement to feel superior to black people. As a society, we cannot bury our heads under the sand and pretend that these incidents are just isolated cases and that everyone gets along. These are far from isolated cases, and anyone who feels sincerely that there is no racism in our society needs a reality check. Racism isn’t just when someone walks up to you and hurls a racial slur. Racism is Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner being brutally murdered and the value of their lives being belittled. But hey, they were just Niggers! Read More…

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Culture, Politics, Social

 

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Why do Africans have such an inferiority complex?

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For years, Africa has been the symbol of war, poverty, corruption, disease, and a host of other negative labels. I shan’t delve too deeply into the whole history of Africa, but as many may not be aware, Africa did not just become ‘like that’ – it was once, and still is, a beautiful continent with an abundance of minerals and natural resources which would have assisted in it’s development, but unfortunately due to colonialism and capitalism it has been and still continues to be milked of these resources leading it to become reliant on handouts. No matter where you look, be it a poster on the train, an advert on the television or a news article, there is a pattern in the way Africa is portrayed – a malnourished child seeking food aid, machine-gun-totting child soldiers, child witches being mutilated, poverty, illiteracy, AIDS-sufferers, mud huts etc. Anything to do with Africa is primarily associated with all-things-negative. Many know little about Africa save for what it looks like and what they’ve heard about it, but not what it actually is. We live in a society where we are always ready to accept anything fed to us by the media without stopping to consider that maybe we should do our own bit of research and make a judgment for ourselves. I am not saying Africa is perfect, no it isn’t, but there is certainly a lot more to Africa than what the western media portrays. Read more…

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Culture, Education, Politics, Social

 

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