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On Equality

When we think inequality we like thinking about major injustices that are happening in the world at this present moment in time.

When we think about inequality we remember Trump supporters chanting racist words at a rally, we remember the holocaust, we remember the horrendous derogatory words used to describe gay people. There is something that slips our mind.

Why do so many people deem themselves liberals yet their opinions are dictated by prejudices of the past?

Why is it that people have moved country, sought a home in a country deemed liberal such as the UK or the USA only to continue spurring racial or ethnic hatred?

Why is it that some people tell their children not to be associated with Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs…you think you are progressive?

You think you are a step above the people that come from your native homeland, and yet you tell your daughter not to see a black man, you tell you son not to see a jewish girl.

You spew words of disappointment, close-mindedness hatred  when it comes to who you want your children to be associated with and yet you preach religion.

Why  preach your version of religion if all it does is build walls?

You criticise Trump for talks of building a wall but is it any different from the wall you’ve already built in your head?

I am awake.

Yesterday when I woke up the result of the election changed something inside me, it felt as if my rose tinted glasses had been smashed to pieces.

I have to say that I have never felt so personally affected by politics in my life. For the first time in my life I am awake, aware at the polarisation of the world and the nationalism that some people follow. Aware that some people can’t stand to look at people like me  without having a natural inclination to feel disgusted.  For the first time I am aware that having an Arabic surname may stop me from being able to do the things that I want to do, or see the places I would like to see.

The nation of immigrants has elected a man who shuns what the very definition of America is. With Amnesty I realise, at times like this we must light a flame in the darkness that has been cast on the world. I cannot allow myself to stand back in the face of racism, oppression and hatred of all minority parties. I am proud to be a woman and I will stand with all black people, all gay people, all Mexicans and every other minority that Trump has decided to personal victimise.

I was hurting yesterday, and I know I am right in saying that the majority of the world were too. Although I am hurting, yesterday’s result has made me realise that we cannot stay silent when we see someone being abused, verbally or physically, in any way because of who they are.

Yesterday, the harsh reality of the polarisation sent a shock to my world. And trust me Trump, this isn’t the end.