BLACK LIVES MATTER

Hey guysss! I’m back. Today is a more serious kind of post I guess. As you probably know, there have been protests all over the world supporting the #blacklivesmatter movement. For hundreds of years, black people and people of colour have been oppressed and looked down upon. Since the time of slavery, unfortunately when we look at the facts, not much has changed. Governments all over the world favour those who don’t have a minority background or heritage. Society tends to treat POC unfairly and with injustice compared to how they treat white people. This is something called White privilege.

On 25 May, George Floyd was inhumanly killed by a white police officer called Derek Chauvin. George allegedly used a forged $20 bill therefore the police arrested him. Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck stopping his oxygen supply. A video of this happening was filmed and quickly spread across social media shocking the world. In the video George is saying ‘I can’t breathe’ while the police man kneels on his neck.

After many protests and petitions from all over the world, Floyd’s murderer  was eventually charged. However, he was only charged with 3rd degree murder meaning it was by accident, and from the images from the videos, this is clearly not the case. Three other police officers were also involved in the murder and they had not been charged. This made the world angry. They were many more protests until Chauvin’s charge was changed to 2nd degree and the other officers were charged.

Unfortunately, there have been many more examples where black people have died because of police brutality or simply for the colour of their skin. Breonna Taylor a black woman was shot in her own home by police. Ahmaud Arbery was shot while jogging in the park. Sadly, this is just a tiny fraction of the unfair killings of black people.

What some people need to understand is that BLACK LIVES MATTER. How many times do you need to hear it to understand. The whole world at the moment is chanting this phrase yet some people in the world still want to be racist. And it’s no good saying that you are non-racist. In today’s world you need to be ANTI-racist. And then there’s the delusional people that say ‘ bUt AlL LiVeS mAtTeR’. Nobody has said that all lives do not matter, of course they matter. But at the moment we are concentrating on the people who need help. All lives cannot matter until black lives matter too. It’s like if they was a park run supporting breast cancer you wouldn’t run around screaming ‘ALL CANCERS MATTER’.

Some people are wondering why people have all of a sudden started protesting now. They are wondering why haven’t people always been protesting if it has always been a problem. Here’s the thing there have always been protests, however the death of George Floyd was the tipping point. The last straw. Nowadays we also have the power of social media to help us. Social media helps us spread awareness and it can help educated people on the subject. The whole world saw the graphic videos and it shocked them. 

Then there’s white privilege. Think about it. If there was a job on offer and there was a white person and a black person applying for the job with the same skills to offer who would the employer pick? The white person. In many countries such as America, when a black person goes outside it is like they are gambling for their life. The colour of their skin is seen as weapon. That doesn’t happen with white people. Another example of white privilege is the case of Madeleine McCann compared to the case of Shukri Abdi.

Madeleine McCann , a white middle-class girl ,went missing in 2007 and roughly £11m has been spent looking for her. Shukri Abdi was a Somalian refugee who was bullied at school. She was murdered and drowned by her own racist classmates. There were eyewitnesses and Shukri came out of the water with bite marks on her body yet the police have called it a tragic accident. Shukri came from Somalia where she had to deal with 40+ degree heat and she could deal with the British summer heat so she just had to go for a dip in the river??? Shukri’s family says she couldn’t even swim. The school that Shukri and her killers went to have given ‘support’ to the killers that they need. How disgusting is that. Police still refuse to reopen her case. This just shows white privilege. If Shukri had been a white girl and her killers were black she would have already been served justice.

As a mixed Black and Arab muslim girl, I have of course experienced racism in my life. However, because I live in London, I have no where near experienced it as badly as others. Some places are not as POC friendly.

There are many things you can do to help this cause. Protests all over the world have been happening. The media unfortunately at moment have been only should more violent protests and the lootings. There are many local and peaceful protests probably happening near you. Just make sure that if you do choose to go to a protest to stay safe and wear a mask. Another thing you could do to help is by donating money. This may be donating money to reopen cases, or money that goes to supporting black owned businesses or even providing money for education. If you are unable to donate money, there are many quick petitions you can sign. Petitions can help to reopen cases and have the right people charged.

So that is for today. I hope that from reading this you may have become more educated about the situation and cause and that it could have possibly opened your eyes to the problems around us.

BYEEEE

Happy International Women’s Day!!!

Hey guys!!! It’s KK! Oh my goodness! You guys I have reached 1000 hits!!!! I am so grateful for everyone who has read my blog. If you follow me on instagram ( my account is called @kreativekenza ), you might have seen my story where I am literally losing it. 

I can’t believe that it is already March 2019. Doesn’t anybody else feel like this year is going to fast? If you didn’t know, on the 8th of March (which is today) is International Women’s Day. If you know me well or are friends with me, you would know that I’m all for feminism and girl power. In fact , ever since I was little, my mum has called me a little feminist! 😊 To honour all those amazing and powerful women and girls out there, today I will be talking about some of my female role models and women I look up to and I admire. These will be in no particular order, just in the order I type them up. So let’s get started!

My mum:

 I feel like every mum should be their child’s role model,especially if they have a daughter. First of all, your mum went through labour and gave birth to you. It is amazing how a woman’s body is most of the time able to cope with that. And I know that not everyone is raised by their mother but I believe that mothers are one of the strongest of people. I think – actually I KNOW- that my mum is a strong and powerful woman. After she gave birth to me, she was diagnosed with Lupus. Lupus is an illness that affects all of your body. She also has other illnesses including fibromyalgia and Asthma. She is a real female warrior, who has been through a lot and stood strong every time. I love you mum 😘

Michelle Obama :

Michelle Obama is another of my role models as she has inspired lots of women and girls all around the world. She was is also the first black First Lady. She is an incredible woman who really shows woman empowerment. She also is also an author who has written a few books. Michelle Obama certainly deserves to be in this list. 

Ada Lovelace:

 Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and also the first computer programmer. She worked with Charles Babbage on his  invention; The Analytical Engine. She wrote the first sort of code and inspired Alan Turing when he made the modern computer in the 1940’s. Ada Lovelace is also know as the mother of computing.

Rosa Parks: 

Rosa Parks is a female and black icon who stood up for her rights and changed the way the world lived. In 1955, Rosa Parks, who was a seamstress at the time, refused to give up her seat to a white man in the bus. During the 1940’sand 1950’s, there was a thing called segregation where white and coloured people didn’t really live side by side. In America, black people would use the back door of the bus and stand in the back. There were seats for white citizens and black citizens.  Once there were no seats left, a seated black person would have to give their seat up to a white person. Rosa refused to do so and was arrested. Because of her, later the law was raised and there wasn’t different seats for different races. I think everyone can learn from Parks and should remember that you should stand up for you rights.

Emily Pankhurst:

Emily Pankhurst was a suffragette. Suffragettes were woman in Britain who fought for the right of women in order to let them vote. Of course, society didn’t like them and they often went to prison for their protests. In 1903, Emily founded the Women’s Social and Political Union. The WSPU members were the first woman labelled as ‘suffragettes’. In 1918, women had the right to be elected into parliament. 10 years later, women over the age of 21 were allowed to vote. Just like Parks, Pankhurst fought for her rights.

And finally my grandma.

My grandma is definitely a warrior. Before she adopted my mum and auntie, she had fostered many other children. She also got breast cancer in her 30’s and lived through World War II!! Recently, she has had a few heart problems however she is still going strong. And believe it it not, she is 87!!! She is an amazing woman and grandma and I love her to bits. ❤️ 

That is my list finished. I obviously wish I could mention the others in my never ending list, but I can’t go on typing forever. I may consider doing a few more posts on amazing woman in the past and present. Would you like to have a series on that? Make sure to contact me or to comment what you think. I hope you liked today’s post and that you didn’t find it too long. 

So that’s it for today!! AU REVOIR  

P.S these are Mimosa flowers. An amazing woman I know (called Gabriella) gave me them as they harepresent International Women’s Day. Thank you Gabriella!!