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…

Mud is thicker than Blood

There’s been a fair few times over that last couple of weeks that the conversation naturally drifts towards my family life. And having a somewhat spotty relationship with my mother and having left home at a very young age, I’m understandably hesitant to talk about it. Which of course leads to prying, which leads to…

Keyboard Politicians

I’ve seen a lot of post on social media like ‘Why is everybody suddenly a politician.’ Let me tell you why this is dumb as fuck. Politics affects every person in every household, so people interested and therefore engaging in the conversation about politics should be applauded. When you engage is something, you form an…

Shiroi Tsuki

The moon was supposed to be especially bright that night, so during my usual throws of insomnia I threw open my balcony doors and peered expectantly at the sky, but a thick layer of red smog obscured my view so resigned I resumed what felt like an endless period of tossing and turning. Monday morning…

Dear Helen Hayes (Labour MP)

Dear Helen Hayes, I’m writing this letter because I genuinely fear for my freedom, rights and financial well-being under this Government. I’m not alone in feeling like this, people from my community and a lot of the other friends I’ve amassed along my short time living in this world. I am a twenty-five-year-old gay male living in…