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Exploring the internal struggles of racial identity in a country denying its existence.

In the past month, the UK government issued a controversial report on racial disparities, concluding that England was to be seen as, “an international exemplar of racial equality”, and played down the impact of institutional racism in modern day England.

Though the intricacies of the report can be debated elsewhere, the unfortunate outcome is that an official report of this kind from the government severely undermines the experiences of racism in modern day England, contributing towards the bizzare notion that we are somehow living in a ‘post-racial’ society.

Though it is easy to…

We often get shamed into submission, sometimes daily without even noticing it. We are just getting used to it.

How many times have we not been shamed into silence and ultimately into submission? Just the other day I was bullied by a group of men on social media for trying to answer a request for information.

They tried to shame me into submission.

A guy on a business group asked what DIY website platform he should use. …

My personal journey in erasing my online identity, one platform at a time.

Photo by Prateek Katyal on Unsplash

Nowadays, social media more than ever is often considered a vital organ to communicate with others, find content, and share each other’s work. But over the past few years, I believe I am not alone in feeling very disillusioned with it. It wasn’t always like this.

Some of my earliest memories were falling in love with MSN Messenger as a child, making new friends at school and continuing our friendships in the evening after school was finished. …

This Ramadan, let’s celebrate some great Muslim achievements rather than dwell on Islamophobia.‌

‌This is not a rhetorical question. It is a genuine quest for knowledge.‌
‌What would your answer be to the question:

What has Islam given to this world?

I think we all know what comes to mind when we think of Muslims.

Whether it is large explosions, violent conflicts, or backwards customs and traditions, these are all misconceptions that delude us from the real Islam that attracts millions of followers.

I am sure you have heard this excuse or justification against Islamophobia many times now. But I think it would still be interesting to see Islam for what it is…

During this lockdown, we’re over-exposed to content that reinforces our beliefs, blinding us from seeing the other side of the coin.

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Approaching the end of lockdown, I think it’s fair to say that things won’t exactly be the same as they were before.

Rituals like handshakes with acquaintances might be left behind as relics of the past. Designer face masks are already making a timely appearance, and extended periods of isolation have led the best of us to reflect on our lives, and make changes moving forwards in an uncertain future.

Hypothesising about media consumption in the post-lockdown world, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the influence of ‘digital echo chambers’ in the formation of our belief system and opinions.

Simply put…

From cancer to anti-black racist internet trolls, disease discussions have been at the forefront of extremist recruitment long before Covid-19.

A “no symbol” overlapping a Coronavirus illustration with a Nazi Black Sun.
A “no symbol” overlapping a Coronavirus illustration with a Nazi Black Sun.
Illustration by me because I’m a narcissist.

Last Friday, The Trump Administration’s former CDC Director Robert Redfield told CNN that he believed Covid-19 had originated from a lab in Wuhan, China, and “escaped” to the outside world in the Fall of 2019. He admitted freely that he had no evidence of such, and that it was “only an opinion”.

Redfield’s comments were made during a time where The United States and most of the Western world is in the middle of a long overdue conversation about the correlation between the spread…

Composer Decommissioned Over Lyrics in Tulsa Opera

Photo Credit | Clayton Henry / Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo via Atlantic Rethink

Black people and America are in a toxic entanglement. Society treats anyone darker than a brown paper bag like a second-class citizen while expecting patriotism in return. To say Black people pulled the short stick would be an understatement. Insisting that Black people only speak kindly of America is racist.

America never lived up to its end of the bargain. It’s failed overtime to provide equal opportunities and protections for its citizens. Now it’s time to consider what that means on the back end.

Saying ‘God Damn America’ makes sense when you’re Black. Our ancestors came over on slave ships…

Why the Dunning-Kruger Effect and Imposter syndrome are rooted in the same problem

“There’s a lot of narcissism in self-hatred.” — David Foster Wallace

One of my biggest fears is becoming arrogant — arrogant about my intelligence, arrogant about my looks, or arrogant about the significance I hold to other people. But arrogance does not make someone good or bad. It is a mindset, a way of thinking, and sometimes an instinct.

What does it mean to be arrogant? We may associate it with overconfidence, pompousness and having a high opinion of oneself. If so, then are those who struggle with self-doubt the opposite of arrogant? …

This piece was originally published on COSY.LAND.

I’ve dedicated the past few months to bettering my mental health and setting a foundation that will allow me to thrive and prosper later in life. Most of my actions are oriented toward long-term gains; meditation, exercising, eating a plant-based diet, saving and investing, earning a master’s degree.

Simultaneous to this, however, I’ve also been living as a caregiver for my father with stage IV renal carcinoma and being a support line to my mother. I moved in with them after earning my bachelor’s degree to be able to be close to them…

My love for writing stemmed from the idea that experiencing humanity through others was far easier than experiencing it yourself.

My mother always tells me, “bloom where you are planted”. But I never used to understand that saying. After all, although I get watered by American canals, my roots are still tied to Indian soil.

As the child of two immigrants from India, I have grown up surrounded by football games and Starbucks, but also long saris and pink tins of Indian pastries that my grandmother would bring from her hometown. I have always been proud of my Indian descent. …

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