Life & Stuff · Poetry

Powerlessness – a poem

Dry cracked palms pray - For better, better than this. Broken promises pierce pockets Pennies pouring into bottomless pits Foreigners found on shores - Imprisoned. Beautiful black men hands high Bloody. Same-sex Lovers lying in arms Denied. We plead. We pray. We play along... From high white thrones - They cackle. Monstrous men mighty. Footprints… Continue reading Powerlessness – a poem

Essays · Podcast & Videos

Do We Need to Categorise Ourselves with Labels? (podcast)

I provide a whistle-stop tour on our poor categorisation skills, how complicated the whole business can get, and share some ideas about perhaps scrapping it all together! Hank Green's video on Sexuality that I mentioned here Your identity will never be something you could write out on a sheet of paper, listing with words and… Continue reading Do We Need to Categorise Ourselves with Labels? (podcast)

Life & Stuff · Poetry

Black Lives Always Matter. Black History Always Matters. – poem

As February comes to a close, Making way for the coming of spring I want you to sing of the dead Black boys and black girls. Gospel and grace holds space for their names Their pain our pain forever ingrained In our hearts, our days, our future Untouched by their feet. Because Black lives always… Continue reading Black Lives Always Matter. Black History Always Matters. – poem

Life & Stuff

Recognise Your Privilege: Highlighting My Own Privileges

The term "White Privilege" makes people tense up and get ready to argue about how they don't have privilege because they have this problem and that thing. They've faced "racism" from black people; they've been poor and rejected from jobs...yadda yadda... This shows a misunderstanding of what Privilege is, in this context. When you take… Continue reading Recognise Your Privilege: Highlighting My Own Privileges

Life & Stuff · Mental Health

Race and Self-Worth: Why It’s Important to Find People Who Look Like You

Answer this question: How would you feel if you never saw anyone like you succeed? If you never saw anyone who looked like you doing what you want to do with your life? Yeah, a lot of people face this daily. They don't see people who look like them doing impressive things...not nearly enough, anyway.… Continue reading Race and Self-Worth: Why It’s Important to Find People Who Look Like You

Life & Stuff · Updates

Anti-Racist Book Recs: “Natives” by Akala

I have just finished reading Natives by Akala. I listened to it on Audible, where he read the book himself (always better when the author reads their own work if it's non-fiction, especially). I loved it! It was a lot to consume, hence why it took me a while, but he had a down-to-earth way… Continue reading Anti-Racist Book Recs: “Natives” by Akala

Life & Stuff · Think About It

Let’s Stop Calling It “Political Correctness”

The term "Political correctness" makes me think of politics. But it’s not really about politics, is it? It’s about humanity and love and inclusion. Allowing everyone to feel comfortable. To allow everyone to belong; truly belong in their own world and communities. In her book Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown calls "political correctness" something else;… Continue reading Let’s Stop Calling It “Political Correctness”

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Mindset Shifts About Racism and Inclusion

There's a lot we still don't know about the history of people of colour. Indigenous peoples. People who laid the foundations of our world, and had their lands and resources stolen from them with brutal murder, oppression and enslavement. But there is a lot to learn about our world and ourselves in discovering more in… Continue reading Mindset Shifts About Racism and Inclusion