In theory, the media should exist to represent people. To tell their stories and share their struggles. Whether its film, TV or advertisements, they should be representative of the world that we live in. Unfortunately though, they are not. As much as people will try to preach that we have come so far and that the diversification of our media has greatly improved, it has a lot further to go.
Did things end well? Or not so well, and you explain the animosity by declaring that they were 'out of their mind', 'crazy' or 'unhinged'? This kind of language is harmful and enormously disrespectful of people with mental health problems, so we wouldn't normally use it - but here it's important to use those labels.
Issues surrounding race in Young Labour and the wider Party persist. Even with the passing of this motion we will face battles for our voice to be heard across Young Labour, in wider Labour Party structures and Council and Parliamentary selections. Change won't happen in a year, or even two, but it will.
Is there any hope? For now, hope seems to lie in the work of those tireless advocates who in the absurdly mundane visitation room at Polunsky courageously play the roles of social worker, friend and champion in an increasingly unforgiving world. Most of all, hope lies behind the soundproof glass, where human beings, continue to endeavour at living a meaningful life ...
Your name is such a crucial part of your identity and I've always been seriously proud of my Nigerian heritage. Yoruba is my first language, I still speak it regularly and I live for Nigerian food. I loved having the opportunity to show Britain my love for the cuisine on Celebrity Masterchef last year.
I think it's about time the mainstream bookshelves reflected the mix and diversity that actually exists in society. I think it's time that diverse characters, with racially diverse backgrounds and parentage and histories, finally found their way onto our contemporary bookshelves in the 'main' sections.
he images and story of the "boy in the ambulance" surely pushed buttons in most of us, highlighting graphically the desperate siege of Aleppo and its residents, screaming "look at this, you must look at this" in an anaesthetised or uncaring world. But here's a thing: Would all the people (including me) who are upset by this photo give a thought about his life/welfare/education/family/prospects if he hadn't just been pulled out of a pile of rubble?
Bald prejudice is often a subtle mask for a different snap judgement, as many people presume that a man with a shaved head is one of two things: gay or racist...Men who shave their heads receive prejudice from both the socially liberal and the socially conservative, seeing us as a demon representative of something they abhor.
Is it just me or is the world slowly becoming a shittier place? When terms like "social justice warrior" and "feminist" are pejorative, know that you are living in a world that is in regression. I am exhausted by the casual yet subtle racism, sexism and homophobia I see every single day, and frankly I am tired of ignoring it for the sake of grace. What does tolerance and diversity really mean? And how do these concepts shape our ideas and communities?