Earlier this year news of the US college scandals hit the headlines and conversations of class privilege and opportunity dominated social media. Of course debates about the abolition of private schools were already taking place in the UK and so this made me think (once again) about social mobility, meritocracy and the glass ceiling that … Continue reading Glass Ceilings and headstarts: does Class still matter?
A few days ago I saw an article titled ' Diane Abbott to make history as first black person to represent their party a PMQs and I wanted to talk about how, as great as being the first can be, its can also be draining and extremely lonely times. This is a post for myself … Continue reading On being ‘The First’
That day was a bad day I walked for many miles Unlike me, I did not return any smiles Tired, weak, hungry But I could not turn back Because sometimes it's hard to get a taxi When you're Black -Benjamin Zephaniah (written from my memory) I just wanted to share this poem because although I … Continue reading Walking Black Home
Four walls closing in My mind is overactive, overworked Lost but found at the same time It's okay, I know who I am What I like, what I don't like, what I am like. But they want me to be a certain way No contradictions No dimension Predictable Conforming to their stereotypes They want to … Continue reading Who am I?
Hey everyone, I know I haven't really been posting consistently but I had been meaning to revamp the whole blog and was really busy with Uni and so never really got round to it until now- how do you like it? Anyway, I finished my Uni just under 2 weeks ago (ya girl is almost … Continue reading Update
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about how within both Muslim and south Asian communities there is a very problematic tendency to police one another and prevent people from being who they are. I recently had a conversation with a cousin who mentioned that she stopped talking to an old friend because she 'does weird … Continue reading Policing identities
Speak they tell me Condemn these terror attacks Apologise for them From your brown, hijab clad face to your Muslim name, it is you who bears the responsibility for them after all And so I do I express my disgust and intolerance of taking innocent lives, of terrorism and social Meaning both Islamist radicalism and … Continue reading Speak