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…

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…

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…

Benefit cuts and other genocidal ideas

The some of the worst of what our governments does. If you get to the end of this, you have my respect. There are 100,000 like them. Tim Salter, 53. Blind and suffering from Agoraphobia. Tim was found fit for work by Atos and committed suicide soon after. Mark Wood, 44. Found fit for work…

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Everyone is a cliché of a small selection of pre-packed porcelain dream from the churning mill of the media million. Everyone strives to create an identity as an individual, using pre fabricated classifications and generalisations as moulds in which to confine ourselves. I’d like to think I’m different, but in truth I’m exactly the same….

The Real Identity of Anonymous

If a broken system, is directly responsible for even one death, than surely that system is no longer viable, as human life must come before politics, every time? In a time where the Internet is absolute, celebrities have more money than monarchy, and our broken social systems are starting to show their cracks from the…

Our Cloak and Dagger Government

As a young adult living in London under today’s Conservative government, I feel like something has to be said. It’s hard enough coming from a low-income background (due to the fact she had to stay home and look after my severely autistic younger brother so claimed benefits) in which politics were not really discussed and…