“… and another thing…
Ok, its time for one of Ak’s ‘Aki-sms’ and observations..
So, im on the train to work today, reading a copy of the morning newspaper. I’m turning over the pages to avoid any depressing stuff (Hah! Not going to happen!! It’s a miracle how newspapers still make a profit, what with all the negativity that they source as news. I guess readers like kind of stuff!) and i turn the paper to a headline that read along the lines of , ” Millions retrieved from Heist”. Inserted by the corner of said caption is a thumbnail shot of a black man. At that particular moment, I’m thinking to myself “Jeez! What have we done again??” Only to read that the man was actually the chief constable in charge of investigations. What a relief.
Now, you might be wondering what has that got to do with anything? Probably nothing to some, but if your a black man or of any ethnic group living in London, and there’s some crime thats been committed, and it’s nearly always a given that some punk from your country of origin has ‘cocked things up’ for the rest of you, you’re always muttering and Praying , “Lord, he/she best not be black/green (choose your racial specified colour!) It doesnt help when the media plays up on certain paranoias and reinforce a stereotype. Then again, it doesnt help when people actually give the media something to work with.
(**DISCLAIMER: THESE ARE MY OPINIONS, AND YOU MIGHT LIKE THEM OR NOT. EITHER WAY, I’M WRITING IT!**