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I put taking the knee in the same category as knocking down statues, raising your fist in the air and changing your Facebook picture to a BLM banner.

All of those things are a form of gesture politics — where the symbol takes on more meaning than the very thing you are trying to symbolise.

While for some it may temporarily generate a feel-good buzz and serve as a visual symbol of unity and understanding, what you eventually end up with is an empty gesture that can easily be misinterpreted or hijacked by other causes.

I’d rather focus on doing…


Angelina Jolie has raised important points about racial inequalities in healthcare.

Angelina Jolie recently opened up about her daughter Zahara’s surgery and unveiled the racial bias inherent in the healthcare field.

She revealed that her daughter, who is black, faced bias due to institutionalised racism after undergoing an operation. Doctors asked if her daughter’s skin had ‘turned pink’. In case it isn’t clear, very dark skin does not have the ability to turn pink.

Now, I wouldn’t go as far as calling the doctor ‘racist’ but it certainly highlights the ignorance in the medical field when it comes to different demographics.

In Angelina’s case, she was speaking to medical student and…


This isn’t likely to be a popular article. Blogs that attack ‘both sides’ very rarely are.

We all like easy answers. Nobody likes a fence sitter.

In the minds of some people, those who don’t take a position are too apathetic to decide properly, or are bedwetters that are too scared to choose. You’re either left-wing or right-wing, and your party is either Labour or Conservative.

That is because those are the two most powerful political parties that have any chance of getting into power in the UK. It is a similar situation in the US, across Europe, and indeed…


I like a good conspiracy theory. It has always fascinated me to ponder about why people believe in the Men in Black, little green men, and chemtrails. Apparently, according to some, the Queen of England is secretly a 6-foot giant reptilian lizard that wants to eat us all for dinner! Oh Lizzie, how could you?

Oh and don’t forget the latest fad — flat earthers. According to these guys, the earth is really flat and the idea that it is a globe is just a big con perpetrated by our Illuminati overlords. Sounds plausible. 😂

But as entertaining as most…


I believe in free speech. But I’m not an absolutist.

Let’s get one thing out of the way for those in the back: I don’t think you should be arrested, shot or ‘disappeared’ for having a subversive or politically incorrect opinion.

I don’t even support the current hate speech rules in the UK where you can be arrested for being a racist. I say this as a black woman that was once beaten to the point of unconsciousness by two guys that objected to the colour of my skin.

Yet I still believe that calling racist names should not be an arrestable offense. Simply because if you ban that, you…


There’s been a purge recently and statues all over the world are falling down. It appears that Rome is crumbling and protestors, angered by the senseless death of George Floyd have taken out their ire on the colonial statues of the world.

The statues that are literally falling victim to this new wave of madness depict slave owners and Confederate leaders in America, such as Junípero Serra, Juan de Oñate, Robert Hunter, Howell Cobb, James Lawrence Orr, and Charles Frederick Crisp. Christopher Columbus also tumbled down. A statue of controversial mayor, Frank Rizzo, was also removed.

Frank Rizzo was a…


Strange fruits are hanging from the trees in America. These are the black bodies of the men whose deaths were ruled as a suicide in the wake of protests over police brutality.

In every one of those cases, police have rushed to declare that the men simply killed themselves. And perhaps they did.

The problem is the families of the men, the local communities and some scholars of anti-black violence in most of those cases, aren’t so sure.

The fact that these hangings are occurring in the wake of widespread rioting and racial violence has only served to ignite further…


Strange fruits are hanging from the trees in America. These are the black bodies of the men whose deaths were ruled as a suicide in the wake of protests over police brutality.

In every one of those cases, police have rushed to declare that the men simply killed themselves. And perhaps they did.

The problem is the families of the men, the local communities and some scholars of anti-black violence in most of those cases, aren’t so sure.

The fact that these hangings are occurring in the wake of widespread rioting and racial violence has only served to ignite further…


The death of George Floyd and the failure to properly investigate the deaths of 7 black men who were found hanging from trees in America, serves as a stark reminder of just how deep the roots of systematic racism are.

However, the solutions that are being put forward from the top down are questionable, to say the least.

Useless Pandering

A case in point: earlier this week, I received an email from Tailwind apologizing profusely, with the subject line ‘We messed up’.

I thought perhaps a scandal had broken out. After all, there’s been plenty of headlines about companies mishandling the coronavirus…


Having a solid SEO strategy can make or break a business — it can mean the difference between having a steady flow of customers and getting lost in cyberspace.

The holy grail for most busy CEOs is having an optimized website that results in customers finding the business rather than constantly having to find new leads.

But how do we get to that holy grail?

Jan

Jan is a journalist, copywriter and human rights activist who has worked for regional newspapers, marketing agencies across the world.

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