Why I Became That Annoying Black Guy On Your News Feed
Folarin Akinmade

Wonderfully written.

I utterly hate the way that people so often treat other people as if a single label describes a person. It distorts so many aspects of so many lives. We are all so much more than that.

We are a primarily visual species so in a sense I can see how it can be assumed that an immediately obvious visual difference might also mean significant differences in other ways, but it’s so obviously a false assumption.

Keep being “annoying”. I believe the primary reason for the resurgence of bigotry in the UK is that many who were fighting bigotry in the 80s were seduced by the ideas that the worst had been dealt with and that it is possible to deal with bigotry without directly challenging it. Neither is remotely realistic. All we had succeeded in doing had been to reach the stage where the vast majority of people understood that racism, sexism, homophobia etc were bad things. Which is a good start, but only a start. It is also impossible to fight bigotry without confronting it. If it is not challenged then the bigoted remain ignorant. After a while they regain confidence in their bigotry.

Keep fighting the good fight.

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