Oppression and the desire to dominate others comes naturally to people. There are many examples from world history that can prove this claim. (forced labour, genocide, racism, sexism and every other ‘ism’ you can think of) Whilst oppression is abhorrent, there are plenty of subtle and more acceptable forms of oppression such as hierarchy, deference, … Continue reading When hierarchy really aint that great!
Something happened a few months ago… I was out shopping with my four-year-old daughter. We entered a shop, there was an older white lady at the tills, she had a lot of things to check out so we waited patiently. When she was done and leaving the store, she apologised for taking long. I smiled … Continue reading Please don’t touch my hair. This ain’t a petting zoo!
The NHS is one of the most politically contentious issues in the U.K. Every election politicians promise to do all manner of things to the NHS, to please the electorate and get those votes. The NHS is underfunded, its workers are underpaid, it faces increasing demands from an ageing population and foreigners who just keep … Continue reading Opinion: Why the NHS is better than private health insurance.
I’ll start by answering the question. “So, who is Dr Umar Johnson?” My take on Dr Umar is that he is an ardent Pan-Africanist and a supporter of black economic freedom and the sanctity of a strong black family base. Although the issues are mostly centred around American experiences, I feel they absolutely resonate with anyone living elsewhere, be it in the Caribbean, in Europe, Africa or elsewhere.
There were many nights where the whole city was shrouded in darkness, no sound could be heard from the radios or the televisions. Load shedding, they called it.
And so, the wedding had come, it was a small affair with the reception held right here in the compound. I had never witnessed so many people coming and going and some were sitting beneath the shade, drinking Coca-Cola and Fanta straight from the glass bottles. Children ran around enjoying the freedom which weddings invariably … Continue reading I am just a Tree (Part 2)