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Munroe Bergdorf

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By now you will all have heard about Munroe Bergdorf.

I actually didn’t know who she was until Friday afternoon, and now she’s the best thing to happen to me since I was suspended from my teaching role in the summer and became “woke”.

Above is a screen shot taken from my computer, of the ridiculously sensational Daily Mail headline. Below, is their summary of Munroe’s Facebook post, which even then, in no way names the entire white race as racist entirely:

‘Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***. Come see me when you realise that racism isn’t learned, it’s inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege. Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk. Until then stay acting shocked about how the world continues to stay f***** at the hands of your ancestors and your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears.’

I knew straight away that L’Oreal were going to drop her, because she was too authentic for them. Society only want People of Colour for tokenism purposes only, not for raising awareness of diversity. Just look at the uproar John Boyeya caused going to Notting Hill Carnival: how dare a black man enjoy himself at carnival? He has let white people down EVERYWHERE! SHAME ON HIM!

I was however shocked that L’Oreal did bow down to the masses of Daily Mail readers who can’t even spell, let alone read.

Friday afternoon, instead of working on my latest MSc assignment, I decided to spend my time on Twitter actively defending Munroe because I was impassioned by the hatred and ignorance of white people in this country. She’s been so incredibly brave and dignified in all of this and doesn’t deserve ANY of this sordid coverage.

Readers clearly hadn’t bothered to read past the headline – all they had seen was what the Daily Mail had wanted them to see: that Munroe had called them all racist and therefore they felt that this entitled them to call all people of colour (including me) whatever they wanted.

Since becoming “woke”, it seems to me that it is exceptionally evident how ignorant white people in the UK are, when it comes to Institutional racism.

Did you know that you can Google it white folks?

Institutional racism (also known as institutionalized racism) is a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. Institutional racism is also racism by individuals or informal social groups, governed by behavioral norms that support racist thinking and foment active racism. It is reflected in disparities regarding:

Income & Wealth – According to the Department of Work and Pensions website, households of colour on average have £100 -£200 less weekly disposable income than white families.

Criminal Justice – I’ve already documented on how incredibly racist our criminal justice system is – particularly the police, and your response to that daily institutional racism just goes to show how complicit you are in that racism.

Metropolitan Police use force disproportionately against black people in London, new statistics reveal

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Employment – Young black men have consistently experienced more unemployment than young men of other ethnicities.

The unemployment rate for young black men is double the rate for young white men, even when they have the same level of qualifications. Bharat Mehta CBE, Chief Executive of Trust for London

Housing – more and more areas – particularly in London – are being gentrified, which means that people of colour are being forced out of their homes.

Families of BME background are frequently turned away from private landlords, however this is never spoken about in the media, and although we are always talking about homelessness, how often are we bringing to light the fact that:

“Of officially homeless applicants, 17% were of African-Caribbean origin, though only 4% of people in England are of African-Caribbean origin.”

The majority of victims in the Grenfell Tower fire are from the BME community, which is why Britain is now being so heartless towards them, with sympathy having expired after only a few days. These people are now homeless, yet because the majority of them are not blue eyed and fair haired, white people disregard their struggle, call them ungrateful for not allowing the Government to interrogate them on their immigration status just because of the colour of their skin before being offered a home somewhere unacceptable.

Health care – As much as I love and respect the NHS, people of colour are frequently mistreated in the National Health Service because white clinicians have preconceived judgments that we can take more pain than our white counterparts, or, that we are being the black, aggressive stereotype:

When Eche Egbuonu, who has bipolar disorder, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he should have been taken to a safe environment – usually a hospital – for a medical assessment. Instead, he was taken straight to a police station.

It is also a well known fact within the Psychiatry community, that therapists are culturally incompetent and very frequently misdiagnose people of colour, prescribing wrong medication and referring them for incorrect treatment, causing years of harm.

Do you know what it does to your mental health, constantly being ignored, tortured, not listened to, labelled something you know that you’re not?

Political power – I frequently refer to Brexit as a “white people’s problem”. The more I hear about it, the more removed I feel from it, and I know a lot of my “woke” peers feel the same. I no longer feel like any politicians are speaking on behalf of me or anything I believe in. 53% of white people in Britain voted leave, while two thirds (67%) of those describing themselves as Asian voted to remain, as did three quarters (73%) of black voters. The day after the result, a white man screamed at me in the street to “GO BACK HOME“, even though I was born in this country. This line gets thrown at me by illiterate racist trolls rather frequently on Twitter too.

Education – children of colour are frequently misdiagnosed with mental health disorders because they don’t “fit” the white cultural definition of normal. While working in schools, I witnessed many children treated differently to their white peers on a daily basis.

Whether implicitly or explicitly expressed, institutional racism occurs when a certain group is targeted and discriminated against based upon race.

Institutional racism is mostly implicit, so it is often unnoticed. Just like I didn’t know what it was like to be disabled until I was diagnosed with Epilepsy, you don’t know what it’s like living as a person of colour and you don’t see the injustices. Therefore, how dare you tell me that I’m wrong, or that I’m making it up? I spent hours last Friday afternoon, defending my experiences to white people who told me that I was either LYING or EXAGGERATING about my experiences of racism in the United Kingdom, because racism doesn’t exist in this country.

According to white people:

  • I’ve never been called a nigger in this country;
  • I’ve never been sexually assaulted because of my skin colour in this country;
  • I’ve never been harassed in the street because of my skin colour in this country;
  • I’ve never been questioned / interrogated / judged on my level intelligence by an employer because of my skin colour in this country;
  • I’ve never lost my job because of my skin colour in this country;
  • I’ve never been bullied by classmates and teachers because of my skin colour in this country;
  • I’ve never been refused help for my mental health because of my skin colour in this country;
  • I’ve never been refused service in a public place because of my skin colour in this country;
  • I’ve never tried to kill myself because of the way I’ve been treated by white people in this country. 

According to white people I’ve made all of this up. 

How fucking dare you?

White people naively believe that the laws in this country are on our side, but they are not. The people who are employed to protect us and help us stand by and do nothing; they fail to acknowledge the existence of such oppression. In my last employment, white people knew that I was being bullied not only for my disability, but also for the colour of my skin yet stood by and while a small minority tried to help, the majority ruled and did NOTHING. Some even turned their backs, because their place of privilege was at stake and THIS is exactly what Munroe is talking about, because this happens every single day and you guys let it happen.

Therefore, if you are not actively fighting against institutional racism, then you are actively engaging in racial violence. You are not on my side. You are not my ally.

That is what Munroe is saying.

The way that you react to people of colour speaking up about basic racism, which happens on a daily basis in Britain is proof that racism exists in the United Kingdom. Munroe has had rape and death threats, she also lost her job as did I, just for speaking out about racism. Just for saying that it exists and that it is wrong. 

You as a white person as more concerned with your privilege than me as a human. 

On Friday afternoon, I took a two hour break from Twitter to do some work, and when I came back I had over seventy notifications – some of which included racial abuse. 

When you are the “superior race“, you don’t get to scream racism when a person of colour speaks their truth. 

That’s not how reverse racism works. 

Furthermore, we are not equal. 

I have clearly proven that. Society will never allow it, and until you actively use your white privilege to fight against racial inequality and violence, YOU need to stop accusing people of colour of working against racial equality for actively calling it out. We are being authentic; this is not about your feelings. 

So stop crying your fucking white tears and open your fucking eyes. 

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Author:

My body remains on the sidelines watching, while my mind roams around the room, taking in the world around her. I am a wallflower. There could be two reasons for this: It could be due to me being an introvert or just that I am a Cancerian! I’m Cece Alexandra and I am so honoured that you’ve been led to delve into my thoughts here in this blog! I would describe myself as a Wallflower which is why I use words to express my deepest – and sometimes darkest - thoughts. Words have always been my strongest method of expressing myself. Growing up I always wanted to be a writer, however life and circumstances chipped away at my confidence until there was nothing left. Without words, I could no longer express myself. I am also Epileptic. Since being diagnosed, I have realised that my deepest fear is the day I am finally on my deathbed, haunted by the overwhelming regret that I never achieved my God-given potential. This realisation forced me to take a step of faith and put myself out there. Yes it makes me vulnerable, however within the process I not only want to be an inspiration to myself; I want to be an inspiration to other women – to be whatever you want to be. Embrace the fear and doubt and utilise that as the fuel you need to push through! Life is for living to the fullest. Life is for loving, for living true to yourself and to the people around you. Life however, can also be crippling, dark and overwhelming. But you are not alone. This thought alone is what will help you get up from the ground.

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