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We believe in the promise of potential. But potential shouldn’t ONLY be available to the chosen few.


Those in the majority have decided there’s “meritocracy” and if Levi can do it or Stormzy, then it’s FAIR for everyone.
Of course, WE know that’s simply not true.
There’s an opportunity gap NOT an achievement gap. Black and Brown children enter KINDERGARTEN disadvantaged because of the color of their skin and the neighborhood they’re born in. And this disadvantage will follow them throughout the rest of their lives.
These obstacles were established decades before these children were born. After Emancipation, 100 years of segregation, then redlining led to inequity and lack of resources in schools, preventing access to college, good jobs, homeownership and generational wealth building.
These obstacles were established decades before these children were born. After Emancipation, 100 years of segregation, then redlining led to inequity and lack of resources in schools, preventing access to college, good jobs, homeownership and generational wealth building.


We have overcome IN SPITE of all that!

We’re not a victims. We’re champions!

But struggle shouldn’t be the statistical norm for Black people in Britain!!

Parents, teachers, society and the media will tell these children to just work twice as hard, “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” and OVERCOME because that’s just how it is and there’s NOTHING to “complain” about because hard work fixes everything.

It’s alright to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr


Somehow we’ve NORMALIZED this awful narrative, and we BLAME Black people for not wanting to BATTLE overwhelming odds and RACISM daily to overcome disparities in:
  • Education access & outcomes
  • College access, retention & graduation
  • Student loan debt & defaults
  • Healthcare outcomes
  • Maternity & infant mortality rates
  • Hiring, promotion, & wages
  • Homeownership & wealth
  • Business ownership & financing
  • Stops, searches, arrests, sentencing & duration of sentence in criminal cases
  • The statistics DON’T lie.

And the majority of  Black people will find it virtually impossible not to be affected by at least one of these inequities, if not several of them.
But somehow if we can’t navigate and overcome them ALL, we’re LAZY because… “EVERYONE” can be successful if they just try hard enough. Again, “meritocracy.”
There’s something very WRONG with that. And speaking up about disparity has become a “victim mentality.”
 I myself have been the victim of domestic violence and I treat my racial trauma the exact same way. NO ONE can tell me how to process my pain.

And it will NEVER change if we don’t speak up about it.

It will NEVER change until enough people admit these problems exist and are motivated to CHANGE them!!

Ask yourself, are YOU one of those people??

 

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