Much of my life is spent in a car, as my father chuffers each of us to our designated destinations. It was on one of these arduous trips that he made a remark, which in short, denied a human the right to exist. His reasoning solely premised on the fact that, this exquisite individual’s hips swayed with the rhythm of a salsa dancer while walking hand-in-hand with his beloved partner. This couple who exuded enormous amounts of swagger, style and sophistication who were happily strolling down Orange Street in Cape Town had just been wished dead. If racism is considered wrong by contemporary society, as people are simply just born with a darker skin tone than others then why are people being discriminated against bases on individuals they happen to fall in love with. Queer individuals, despite the laws put in place to protect them, still face personal persecution and discrimination by society in general but more importantly places like tertiary institutions and schools. Continue reading
Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Grey, these are some of the men who have recently been killed by police brutality in the United States of America. All of these men who were killed by law enforcement were unarmed and innocent, one (that being Mike Brown) was a teenager who was gunned down by the police officer who believed that he had stolen from a convenient store. Garner and Grey unlike Brown was not mercilessly gunned down alternatively both these men died somewhat in police custody, Garner was strangled to death by police for breaking up a fight and Grey sustained serious injuries while in police custody and later died in hospital.