Martin Luther King

On this date in 1963, Martin Luther King, presented his ‘I have a dream speech’ to approximately 200,000+ people by the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC. This day marked one of the most symbolic days in history for many people who supported King. It is believed that this incredibly brave and honourable speech contributed significantly to the introduction of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA. This political movement intended to condemn racial prejudice and discrimination in the United States.

A few years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Martin Luther King’s memorial site in Atlanta, Georgia all the way from the UK. I sat beside his grave and felt quite emotional. I believe that I was too young to fully comprehend the symbolism of that moment in my life but I will remember it forever. I remember the quietness between myself and my parents and I remember the emotions that I held on that day. We had not felt the people’s pain first hand or ever had to experience what King did in his lifetime but we understood the sacrifice that he had made for complete strangers.

The anniversary of a day such as this, reminds me that bravery and courage like this exists only in certain exeptional people, and Martin Luther King was Indeed one of them. He created political movements that have marked history and potentially saved people’s lives. What an amazing human being.

A Complete Guide To Hipster Racism

I’m quite well-known to be argumentative (or opinionated I like to say!), about racism and ignorance around my friends, so my good friend sent me this link. I don’t necessarily agree with the entire article but I think I think it highlights some apt points about racism in our society today. Racism can be sly and undercover at times leading people to believe that it isn’t in fact REAL racism, but I disagree and my family certainly disagrees. Of course you don’t have to experience racism to understand it at all, but when you do it makes you understand a different kind of racism that exists.

Take a read and let me know what you think?

http://jezebel.com/5905291/a-complete-guide-to-hipster-racism

EDL

Ironically after watching a program on channel 4 last night about the scales of extremism, i was slightly educated. I am well aware of the British National Party and the English Defense League, however i was unaware of the claimed differences between the two. Last night on Pride and Prejudiced, Stephen Lennon lead the protest for the EDL across numerous places in Britain. He was overly defensive of accusations that the English Defense League are in any way racist. I quote that he welcomes ‘ blacks, whites and browns’ into his party. However, he has a strong opinion against the Muslim community. He feels that they are to blame for the chaos in our country and the constant threat of terrorism. However, he is failing to recognize that within the 3% of Muslims that make up Britain, there is an even smaller percent within the group that are committing terrorist acts. Interestingly in 2009, the Gallup Coexist Index found that only 36% of the British public thought that British Muslims were “loyal to this country” as opposed to 82% of the British Muslim community. This is just a small example of the pessimism that has come over white ‘British’ people towards other cultures and ethnic groups.

The channel 4 Program opened my eyes to the fact that not all of these right-wing parties are supported by  the white British public. The earlier video that i uploaded proved that even Muslims are attempting to join the EDL and their quest to be British again. My question is how can the public not see through Stephen Lennon’s facade. He has clearly researched slightly into other cultures and religions and attempted to educate himself slightly, however this does not cover up his ignorant, highly offensive opinions. In his own words : multiculturalism is not the issue in our modern day society, it is in fact religion.

Do you think this man is as much as an uneducated fool as i believe? Or is he too ashamed to be associated with the BNP to which he feels the need to create a barricade between the two?