When is it ok to be black or a minority?
If you read my blogs you will know I like to discuss topics that most people don’t like to discuss
because it may make them uncomfortable! So is this a reason we should not highlight or
discuss subjects that make us uncomfortable or angry?
Why is it when a black person or another person from a minority highlights blatant racism we are
shouted down or told to shut up and stop complaining. I had a discussion recently explaining to
someone about the blatant racism I have faced nearly all of my life. I was quickly met by, well I
have encountered racism from black and minority people. Its almost like it becomes a competition
as to who has received to most racism. That really angered me, to be honest as I know for a fact
that person has not and will never ever receive the type of racism I have endured.
So, I left the conversation there and decided not to pursue it as this has become a tactic to silence
people and to stop them from highlighting it. The type of racism I have received as a child to what
I receive to this day is completely different. As a child in secondary school you would get called a
n***ger to your face or if you left the class room you would get a swastika drawn on your books.
If you used a particular toilet in the school swastika’s and n***er would start to appear all over the
cubicles. This was not a one off this would be daily, if you then turn around and stick up for
yourself you would be seen as the aggressor.
You would either be given detention or suspended for sticking up for yourself. How has racism
changed in 2017, well it has become more covert in the work place. If you are seen as ambitious
and determined to succeed into promotional roles you will be stopped one way or another. What
I encountered was the lack of support I would receive from experienced staff/senior staff or be
told my applications were not suitable but never given any real feedback as to why not. This
would happen time and time again even when I secretly got senior staff to help me with my
applications to guarantee them. I was still turned down and that was when I knew it was not a
coincidence as to why I am not being given promotional roles.
When you are a minority you try your best not to see things in a negative way and try to ignore
the negative signs. Until one day a colleague who is not a minority says to you this is blatant
racism against you. This is when you have to start looking more and more at these negative signs
and say to yourself something just isn’t right. You will find nine times out of ten the person from the minority will either get bullied out of the job or role. If that
does not work they will end up leaving on the own accord due to lack of opportunities for
What type of racism to I receive in 2017, well the most annoying one for me is when entering a
retail shop. As soon as I walk into the shop the security guards make you feel uncomfortable from
the start by starting at you. I call this racial profiling the person before actually confirming that
the person you are staring at is actually going to steal or commit a crime. Then all of a sudden that
security guard feels the need to follow you around the store for no reason. They will then all of a
sudden need to stand next to you in the store or pretend that they are stacking the shelves. At no
point by you entering that store have you given any indication that you will commit a crime but
due to the colour of your skin you are seen as a criminal.
Another popular one I receive is when women constantly grabbing their handbags when I am
walking behind them. This happens no matter how I am dress suit, jeans or a tracksuit it makes
no difference. If I am walking home and there is a woman walking in front of me she will all of a
sudden cross the road or stop and wait for me to walk past her before continuing. The crossing
the road on is very popular I can actually predict when the person coming towards me will do it.
People may say but who cares if people do these things, I care why because it makes me
uncomfortable as you think because of the colour of my skin that I am automatically a criminal.
To be honest I am tired of it and it has gotten so much worse since the Brexit started. I could go
on forever about the things I have personally endured on a daily basis but this would be the
worlds longest blog.
So when is it ok to be a black person or a minority. These are the type of jobs which will allow
society to accept you. A millionaire or born into money will automatically get excepted in the
wider society or an athlete, actor/actress, doctor, singer, rapper, tv presenter. You would need to
be famous in some way to be seen and nonthreatening for you to be accepted in the wider society.
Will this ever change, probably not and why you may be thinking? Well if you look at the way the
media, movies, charities and other organisations portray black or minority people. Nine times out
of ten we are portrayed as either criminal, gangsters, thugs and poor or some lower class of society.
Every day on TV, Radio or in the newspapers a negative image is portrayed of us. No matter how
many black and minority people do so much positive the negative gets far more coverage and
holds more weight.
Maybe one day it will all change or maybe just maybe I am living in a fantasy world where
everyone is equal and not judged by the colour of their skin or religion.