History Influences Modernity

How often have we heard someone say, “Put the past in the past”? Maybe a few times?

This statement communicates to us that we should forget about the past and look forward to the future while embracing the present. But is this easy to do? Or, should we even seek to do such a thing?

For some of us the past can be a daunting thing, full of dark and painful memories that remind us of who and what we were and what we have done. Most of would rather forget and move on, and would prefer for people to not remind us of these past events. However, I think moving on is the antidote for improvement but forgetting is a mistake.

Let’s look at a quote that perfectly sums up my reasoning:

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” –  George Santayana

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The Power of Black Support

Black people worldwide within the past few decades have improved collectively by leaps and bounds. From black women in America being the most educated demographic, having the first African-American President, our accomplishments athletically, the end of apartheid, recognition for our contributions to the arts and sciences plus so much more. Black people have been hitting the target in so many fields, and yet it seems that the fruits of our progress are not necessarily always fully reaped.

Maybe it’s because of who we support. We are notorious as a people for not supporting one another as we should, but when we do support it seems as if we don’t support those who are down for the cause.

I’ve probably made some people mad with my opening statements, but let me try to paint the picture with a brush more suitable for illustrating what I mean without individuals trying to crucify the artist.

Let’s look at a few examples of some members of the black community whom we love and support, but who don’t seem to return the favour.

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A Dose of Reality

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”
― Michelle Hodkin

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Does this image hold any truth? Are we all the same?

I’ve seen the above image circulating for a while on various social media platforms, and while the sentiment of the image is uplifting, the reality is it’s simply not true. We are not all the same, and we are not all equal.

How do I know this?

Well, society has a way of exposing its hypocrisy. We often hear people say that “we all bleed the same” and “we’re all one human race”, but we never seek to assess the truth of it. We do all bleed red and we are all human, but class, race, sex, position and many more are some influential determining factors that have often made the ideal of equality associated with these statements false. While it would be nice for them to be true, these statements exclude the reality of the human condition.

Humans are animals first, our survival is based on instinct which is also based on what we see, hear, feel and think. Our treatment of others also relates to this instinct and is integral to some of what has constructed a lot of our societal infrastructure. Though we are human we all have differences, and these differences determine how we perceive and relate to each other based on our instinct.

Furthermore, differences between us as humans have resulted in an existing social hierarchy. A man who is educated is not thought to be equal to one who is illiterate and is treated as such. A politician is not thought to be equal to a citizen who is not involved in public service. In the minds of some; a black man is not thought to be equal to a white one because of stereotypes associated with skin colour. And though many efforts have been extended to change the narrative, a man is not thought to be equal to a woman, which has resulted in much debate about equal pay and gender equality. There is an evident structure in society that changes our differences into positions along the scale of equality.

However, many seem to think that despite our differences in race, religion, political status, class, career etcetera that we are the “same”. How far is this from the truth! In fact, social inequality has plagued us for such a long time that it is often impossible for certain factions of society to effectively function without it. Inequality is how the rich stay rich and the poor remain poor. Inequality is why persons are in specific positions that others are not fully equipped to be in. Inequality is why we have people who tend to us in the medical profession and why there are postmen and garbage collectors. Society in of itself functions on inequality because is creates a gap where everyone has a role/position, that helps to facilitate the efficient operation of any community or society.

For more on social inequality see here.

People in modern times seem to love mirages of reality rather than transparent images of truth. We thrive on the principles of idealism knowing that nothing can ever be truly prefect. And society is not perfect, and this has been shown time and time again. But it is this imperfection that allows it to be what it is and allows us to be who we are.

While I’m not a sociologist, I would venture to say that the differences between us as humans have been translated into a value system that has been transformed into the inequality that currently exists. While we would like to say everyone is the same, this belief is not true and we must cease from drinking from the cup of delusion.

Just my opinion.

A Different View of Feminism

Women in the West are exposed to the narrative of feminism more than any other group of women on earth.

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“We Can Do It! – Feminist propaganda

From the fight for the right of women to vote, to the right of women to have abortions, to the political dynamics of women in politics and their impact on elections, to equal pay within the workplace; feminism has been forced upon us from all angles of reasoning. It is no wonder that most of the women that I interact with have such strong views on so many issues – and there seems to be no end in sight.

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The symbol of feminism

Feminism has indeed opened the doors of conversation and opinion regarding women’s rights and where females find themselves in society. However, these conversations have lead to much debate among women and men alike, with varying views being expressed that have lead me to a single conclusion:

I don’t like nor do I support feminism.

Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I believe in women having certain rights. And yes, I STILL dislike feminism.

Why do I have so much antagonism for feminism? Well three major reasons have dictated my opposition for the movement.

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Heard ‘Em Say

The title of this blog comes from one of my favourite Kanye West songs. I’m a hip hop/soul lover, poetry enthusiast, and sometimes storyteller, so the connection between the history behind the name of the blog and my personality fit perfectly.

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More than that, the Most High has given me a gift with words and I have never been afraid to speak and use my voice to spread truth and give people something to think about.

So that’s what I’ll do. Unapologetic and unafraid watch me give you something to talk and think about. I promise you’ll probably learn something along the way too. Not everybody will agree, but we can agree to disagree.

Shalom.