8.21.2017

duh, racism still exists

My blog is a lifestyle blog primarily and I don't really speak about social issues on here. I certainly have my opinions about them but I tend to talk about said opinions with my friends and maybe a little on Twitter. But today, I feel like talking about it on the blog.

Everyday, it feels like we're going back in time. There's so much hate and whilst I've always known that hateful, racist and Islamophobic people do exist, it's alarming to see them become so bold with it. We're in 2017 after all. If you don't already know what I'm talking about, I'm referring to the protests by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The fact that neo-Nazis could boldly protest on the streets really makes my head spin. A woman was killed and lots of others injured because of them.  It seems to me that these hate groups have become emboldened since President Trump took office. That says a lot in my opinion.
 And this is the thing that black people (and other people of colour) have been saying for years. Yes, racism is illegal but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It makes me so mad when people say that, especially non-people of colour. Racism does exist, just because you're not racist doesn't mean everyone else is like you. Like how can people even say that? 

Or when some people (regardless of their race) say stuff like "I don't see colour". I hate to be vulgar but what the actual f**k? What does that even mean? 

Another thing is really how when all these things happen in the US, people here in Europe are so quick to say how it's not the same. Sure, it's not exactly the same but there is racism here too. I feel like some white people become so defensive so quickly when the subject of racism comes up. It's not a personal attack, relax.If you feel personally attacked when a person talks about racist people, you need to do some soul-searching, honey.  Racism goes way beyond calling a person names. It's systematic, how structures are in place to automatically benefit a particular group of people.

Serena Williams recently talked about how as a black woman she has to work twice as hard just to prove herself and she's right. That's exactly how it is for a lot of people of colour. Most times, there isn't an equal playing field. Some people might disagree with that but it is what it is at the end of the day. 

There's a lot of rambling going on in this post but I just had to do a mini-rant and talk about it because it bothers me and makes me really mad. I recently watched this video on Twitter where an Afro-Latina woman got the chance to interview some Ku Klux Klan members and I was so appalled at the things they said. They actually called her a mongrel and said she was inferior to them. I commend her for sitting there and hearing them spew such crap. The worst part, they tried using the Bible to justify their hatred. As we say in Nigeria, what a wawu. 

Anyways, we all need to continuously call out racism. Some people complain that it's spoken about too much nowadays but if it didn't exist we wouldn't speak about it no? Call it out and educate the people around you. This is 2017, ignorance is no longer an excuse for racism.  xx

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  1. There's a lot of ignorance in the world as it is, and hopefully one day peace, love and understanding will reign supreme. Until then, nothing will ever make any sense.
    Greetings!

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    1. I earnestly wait for such a day. Thanks for stopping by Blogoratti xx

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  2. I saw that video too, it disgusted me to my core and the world is a sad place, the fact that the shade of your skin is enough reason for you to extremely hate a person is appaling and racism never ever went away and only God knows if it ever will, people need to stop being so ignorant and be more tolerable. It's frustrating to see but God will see us through.

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    1. Like, no one picks the colour of their skin at the end of the day. That video was really disturbing. Amen, God will see us through. Thanks for commenting babes. xx

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  3. I was shocked by that video, how do we still live in a world where there is so much hater. Absoutely awful! x

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    1. I don't know honestly, you would think that by now we would have moved past all of this. It's indeed awful, thanks for reading Parie xx

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  4. I watched that video too, it was shocking. It really does feel like we are going backwards. I even saw a video on twitter where a white woman with two young babies talked about genocide and I am just continuously horrified and confused by how there are still people that think like this. It makes no sense. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It seems so much worse now but what scares me is that this has all been bubbling under the surface for a long time, so were we ever really better than it was before? Have we made progress in terms of our thinking as countries or has everyone just stifled their real beliefs? Hope you have a great week x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. I know right? The realization that this is how a lot of people truly feel about others but have just been too politically correct or scared of the obvious backlash to show their true feelings. Quite scary. Thanks for reading Kiran xx

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  5. I'm both an American & British citizen and I am so appalled by what has been going on in my birthplace. I predicted that the racists would come out in droves post-election, but seeing this happen on the news is truly heartbreaking. There needs to be a complete top-down approach to tackling these social issues before it is too late.

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    1. I agree, if something isn't done to tackle these issues soon it will truly escalate and the results will be really bad. Thanks for stopping by Arnelle! xx

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  6. I feel like ever since Trump became president we've been moving backwards in every way...first climate change, and now this. I've always known that racism still exists, but it's appalling to me that they can now be so blatant about it. The fact that our sorry excuse of a president refuses to condemn them makes me seriously worried about what lies ahead for us as a country and society. And to top it all off these racists and nazi-sympathizers call themselves "Christians". It's disgusting and embarrassing.

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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    1. Totally disgusting and embarrassing. There's nothing Christian about their actions and attitude towards people of other races. And yeah, the fact that the President refused to condemn them is seriously worrying. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jenny ! xx

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  7. Absolutely fabulous post - it's been a while since I've read anything this empowering and genuinely TRUTHFUL. Racism is still all around us, so for people to say that they don't see colour or that 'it's a lot better'? Mbok, shut up. (you see, I do that too, nigerian goals SHOOK) xxx
    Marina xx
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. LOL @ mbok. Are you Nigerian Marina?
      That whole I don't see colour is really irritating. Thanks for reading and for your kind words xx

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    2. I'm a real mix, my love: I'm a quarter Zimbabwean, Nigerian, Italian and Scottish. x However, my Nigerian roots are just about the strongest there (the only extended family I'm close to are part of the Nigerian side) so I'm very much aware of all of the slang haha! xx And awe thanks for putting out content - it's fab and I won't stop reading as long as you don't stop writing! x

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    3. Wow, that's a mix for sure! I think it's lovely though, you're a part of so many cultures. Aww your last line is so sweet, thanks so much <3

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  8. These recent events have made me so so sad. I completely agree with you, it seems like we're going back in time instead of moving forward and being more inclusive of everyone. I'm still in shock since watching that video and beyond my understanding how people could have so much hate for fellow humans </3

    -Pallavi
    www.wildfirecharm.com

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    1. Exactly, as the years go by we should be more inclusive of everyone but it's like it's the exact opposite. That video was really horrible. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Pallavi xx

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  9. With how much racism exists in this modern day, I don't even think it's spoken about enough. I think we all mostly speak about it and against it when there's an uproar. This dies down after a few days! It has to be a continuous conversation if you ask me. Great, succinct post.

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    1. Exactly, exactly, exactly. I couldn't agree with you more Asake! When something crazy happens, we speak about it. Then the thing passes and we're all hush hush again. That needs to stop. Thanks Asake <3

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  10. I really don't know why there is still racism in this world. We are all brothers and sisters no matter where you look at it, religion or science we all came from the same ancestors. I do wish we could all just spread love...

    Madame X
    The Flower Duet

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    1. I agree, we are all the same at the end of the day. Hating someone based on the colour of their skin is pathetic and ignorant. Thanks Madame xx

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  11. This post speaks to my soul. Living in a multicultural city like Toronto means that I don't deal with a lot of racism, but when I see it, it shocks me to my core. I cannot believe how ignorant some people are!
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    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

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    1. Aw thanks Siffat <3
      At this point, I believe for some people it's not ignorance but just pure hatred for reasons I cannot for the life of me fathom. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Siffat :)

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  12. Well said. Great post. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  13. Demii 💜💜. Missed your blog. Love this post. I honestly think it's going to be very difficult for racism to be totally eradicated but then Change begins with us. xxxx
    Laitanbee Blog

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    1. I missed you commenting on my blog girl! Welcome back. I doubt it can be eradicated totally, ah well. Thanks Laitan <3

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  14. This is so important to talk about! In this political climate, the topic is inescapable. To not have to think about racism in your every day life is a privilege, and it is important to be aware of it and be aware of the fact that many, many people do not have this privilege. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Exactly Audrey, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for reading :)

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  15. Yeah it really is completely f***** up that this sort of stuff still happens

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  16. There`s so much bullshit happening lately. These feelings did not appear over night, but it`s scary to see that they can express them freely without fear of repercussion. I do feel very sorry for you and I know that as a young black woman, it`s worse because people can look down on you based on your race and gender. Don`t let it get to you though, as I do hope that in the end good will prevail.

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

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    1. Yup, these feelings certainly didn't appear overnight. They've been boiling under the surface for a long time. Thank you Georgiana, good always prevails :)

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  17. Of course it does and to me, I don't think it can end as long as one feels black amongst whites or vice versa. But only someone with a deranged mind will embrace racism. It's really sad.
    ~ www.oldnaija.com

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    1. Haha exactly, only a person with a deranged mined would embrace it. It's very sad. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Teslim :)

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  18. Great post. This is exactly how I feel and I commend you for being able to write out your thoughts in a calm and concise manner.

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  19. Oh, girl, this is really infuriating and I do agree that if it didn't exist, we wouldn't have to talk about it. Why people feel so entitled for being born with a certain skin colour I will never understand. Let's keep on educating people, and especially the younger minds, and spreading the love as far as we can, and maybe one day society will be described as egalitarian and at peace...

    Saida | She talks Glam

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    1. I know right, where does the entitlement based on skin colour even come from? Yes, let's just keep spreading the love and educating the people around us. Thank you Saida :)

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  20. Great post! It is evident from your post the passion and anger you have and good on you girl to share it! I agree racism still exists as it is evident what is happening in America people still have anger and hate just because the colour of your skin! Yes it is different here in the UK but believe me I think if anything it is like hidden racism and not as open as it is in America. Thank you for sharing!

    Ameze xxx :)
    http://www.risumwithameze.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Ameze, I was really passionate when I wrote this haha. Yup, the racism here is very subtle but it does exist. Glad you agree and thanks for reading :)

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    1. thank you Grace, that means a lot coming from you <3

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