In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the protests that have taken place in recent weeks after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, there has been a renewed energy in the fight against racism. But why now? After all this time?
It is unfortunate that it has taken this long, and this much violence and police brutality, for the white people to wake up and get the idea… For so long there’s been this pervading argument (from white people) saying that they’re not racist, that they have black friends, and that they don’t discriminate against black people, and oh but it’s been so many years since slavery was ended, since the end of apartheid… Why are we still going on about this?
Continue reading “An Anti-Racist Reading List from a Recovering Racist”
Trigger warning: Sexual violence
We are at war. We’ve been at war. We are victims of a nationwide epidemic; a femicide like no other. We are victims and survivors. But, we are not all survivors.
How many women, LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming persons have to die before our country gets the message? Before our government protects us? Before men stop raping us? It’s already been too many… There are survivors who are struggling to even breathe, because their rapists still walk free.
Continue reading “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”
A poem written on 6 March 2020
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I’ve been wanting to get into film photography for a while now. I’ve always loved the romanticism of it. Not being able to see the image right away, but knowing in that moment that it’s something worth capturing. It’s almost nostalgic for a time and place I wish I could’ve seen. What a better time to start than the new year?
Despite the fact that my boyfriend thinks it’s an expensive hobby, he was the one to buy me my first camera. And this gift, to my romantic idealistic self, is worth every penny. (And, inevitably, every mistake).
Continue reading “2020 and those silly resolutions!”
As the highest grossing show in television history, Game of Thrones certainly has standards to live up to. The new season is taking the world by fire (and blood) and the number of people, globally, who are avidly awaiting the outcome of the final episodes, is in the millions. Why then, with such a wide-reaching, international audience, is Game of Thrones so white?
Continue reading “Game of Thrones: Female Empowerment and Intersectional Feminism?”
Your girl voted! Oh yes she did!
It was a strange experience, that’s for sure. But one I won’t forget. We can talk politics all day, vent our anger and disillusionment and our ‘is it even worth it anyway’ thoughts, but all that goes away when you’re in the queue, when casting your vote is that tangible…
Continue reading “What It Was Like To Vote For The First Time”
The South African elections are coming up very soon (as in this week Wednesday, May 8th!) and for many young people in our country this is a very momentous occasion! As it should be. It will be the first time many people, including myself, are able to vote! In free and fair elections! To exercise our democratic rights! Something so many of our grandparents, parents and relatives fought for, through our country’s tumultuous and divided history… And yet, it’s plagued with disillusionment and disappointment for so many of us.
Continue reading “My Dreams for South Africa: 2019 Elections”
A poem written on 21 August 2018
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A poem written in July 2018
It’s grey outside
and the rain begins to fall.
I can hear the droplets stream
onto my windowpane,
then the thunder cracks
and the wind howls.
It comforts me
when the sky cries out like this,
Continue reading “About Rain”
when the thunder shouts,
when the wind flails around