Honestly Speaking: Disability in the Workplace

Two words people tend to be scared of putting in a sentence together. I want to be frank. Over the course of the few weeks I’ve faced several situations which I have overcome, purely because I had to, as a person with psychosis I am extremely susceptible to paranoia and loud noise around me, especially…

Honestly Speaking: Work>Life Balance

So these two weeks at Flatpack have somehow gone by in the blink of an eye, it somehow seems to be the case that the harder you work/the more you have to do, the faster the time goes. I’m still trying to weigh up if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I’m…

Subtext/Subterfuge

Today i learnt that ‘quiet area’ tends to mean ‘predominantly white area’ and can be used as an exclusive term for the more passive aggressive racist. For the last couple of months it’s been said around me often, not directly to me. ‘This is a quiet area’ a ‘lovely estate’ ‘not like those city estates’…

Honestly Speaking: Racism in the 21st Century

I still find it crazy how some white people view black people. Like dark shadows that rely on white light to exist, when the truth is, the only shadows we harbour, we had to liberate ourselves from. As you cast us out of your sight to ease your own guilt, a guilt that comes from…

Honestly Speaking: Birmingham Council Housing

Council houses in the UK and especially in Birmingham are disgusting. We live in an age where nobody really has the money to buy a house and landlords are becoming more and more ruthless, breaking the law, knowing you don’t have money to take them to court. After spending 8 months in supported accommodation (after…

Honestly Speaking: Growing Up Is A Decision

A lot of people think that their problems are the worst in existence; I harbor no such illusions, but recognize that my troubles are mine, so they have priority over anyone else’s. Because I have to live as me. I don’t get a choice So here’s the thing, I stopped taking drugs, for the first…

The Dirty Truth About White Privilege

This is the last time I’m going to write about race to a white audience specifically, because it hurts. It hurts because it’s not my job as a black person to write about person’s prejudices towards me to help them become aware of the ugly truth of society. It hurts because while I write I…

Ignorance

Okay, so I need to address the elephant in the room. On my personal blog and on my social media, I’ve been sharing the hell out of posts calling for social equality for people of colour, and calling out those that dare to tell me racism doesn’t exist and even more infuriating, that institutional racism…

Dear White People

I am not your chocolate anything. Period. Just because we are friends, doesn’t mean you can say, sing or write the word ‘nigga’ in any context ‘Wog’ anything makes me want to slap you. You will never understand the struggles of growing up black, even if we grew up in the same neighborhood, went to…