Friday, 25 July 2014

It's a mans world

The theme this week for the prompt is, "It's a man's world."  A fantastic prompt because it prompts all sorts of emotions in a woman, especially if one happens to be a feminist.  I would perhaps take this statement even further to say not only is it a man's world but it is a white middle class man's world.

If you are born female, you may as well give up now.  If you are born black and male, you may as well give up now.  Or at least that's what some of our children grow up thinking.  

My daughter and I love listening to LBC on the way to school in the mornings, we often have heated debates with the presenter (usually Nick Ferrari), if only he could hear us!  A few weeks ago we heard him announce that In a survey carried out on some 8-14 year olds, 1 in 5 (20%) of the black children believed that their skin colour may damage their job prospects, this was in comparison to only 2% of their white counterparts and (13% of children of Asian origin) feeling the same.  It was questioned whether the parents were to blame for teaching their children this.

I responded to the radio by saying if they were to ask my daughter this question would she have the same response, the answer would be yes.  I am to blame and frankly I don't care.  I want to teach my daughter the unfortunate realities of the society she is to become a contributing part of, a society in which as the economy stabilizes and unemployment among white Britons falls, unemployment among black Britons continues to rise.  There are so many reasons for this, too many for me to list here but what I also teach my daughter is this, when you are the best form of yourself that you can be people cannot help but take notice.  When you push yourself to achieve to the highest standards, people cannot help but take notice.  When you shine and be the star that you were born to be, people cannot help but take notice.  The path may be harder, there may be boulders to climb, you may even trip and fall on your journey but if you climb them with passion and get up with dignity, people cannot help but take notice.

Princess and her team mates holding their first place trophy 

My children know that they are champions and as such are never to give up on their dreams.  They are to fight to be victorious in all they desire and they are to be resourceful and not let anything get in their way, especially not the colour of their skin.  What we need in our schools and in the media is to show that black people are more than purely athletes, singers, TV personalities and actors.  Black people also own businesses, are scientists, lawyers, doctors, astronauts, soldiers, writers and journalists.  Our children (all of our children no matter what ethnicity) need wider aspirations and we as a society need to be the ones to give them that.

Little Man doing his "I am a Champion pose."


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