Saturday, 19 November 2016

Is Donald Trump Racist? Yes, Yes He Is



Yes Donald Trump is racist. But not in an easily understood way. Here's a video breaking down why he is.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Is Luke Cage Racist? Some White People Think It is!!!


In this video Antoinespeaks.co.uk breaks down why people are wrongly saying Luke Cage is racist! We also look at the impact of having diverse characters on tv

Let us know your thoughts

@AntoineSpeakson 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Killing Black people is not enforcing the law. Killing police officers is not justice either. I cannot and will not support either murder and nor should anyone else. There will be those on both sides saying this is now a war. If they are right none of us will win and all will suffer.

Five Dallas police officers have been killed and six wounded by gunmen during protests against the shooting of black men by police, authorities say. Police are in a stand-off with one armed man in an indoor car park. Three other people have been detained. Gunfire broke out at around 20:45 local time on Thursday (01:45 GMT Friday) as demonstrators marched through the city. The protests were sparked by the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.- BBC
This was the shocking news story I woke up to today. The previous night I was a panelist on an open discussion on Police shooting Black people and what should be done to stop the situation. As I sat listening to people’s responses I could see people were angry, confused and in desperate need of a simple and immediate solution. However, all I could offer was only complex suggestions and meaningful hope. Violence, revenge and retribution are simple responses that offers no hope for the future. As Gandhi said an eye for an eye only makes the world blind. Yet, some were already justifiably blinded by their anger. So some of them may have woken up today apathetic to the police deaths, some may have applauded or worse thought ‘justice has been served’. I woke up thinking there is no justice in any random act of murder. There's nothing to applause here. Shooting random Police officers with nothing to do with the murders that people are angry about isn't justice. Taking people from their loved ones isn’t justice. Each one of those officers had their own story, their own life that they were living and their own record of policing. They could have been the many cops that do their job to the best of their ability and enforce the law without prejudice and distrust of their fellow countrymen. If we are to make excuses for killing random police officers we are no better than those whom make excuses for the killings of Black people by the police. Be angry and seek change but don’t allow that anger to take you down a path where you are no better than the people you are protesting against. This path will only lead to further bloodshed, fear and hatred. The path that only distracts from your goal of peace and justice. Causality is simple to tweet, write or say. Police officers killed Black people so some Black people decided to kill police officers. In a country full of guns revenge and retribution was predictable. Especially, from a country with a history of armed resistance and revolution. But, inevitability and justification are not the same thing. It is far harder to elaborate on the ramifications of following that course of action. It is far harder to explain to the family of those officers why their wife,husband, mother, father, brother or sisters is dead because of the actions of someone whom wears the same uniform as them. Just as it is easy to mention Black on Black crime. But harder to explain the system of inequality that traps people, false imprisonment and White on White crime. Or the basic fact that many many Black people having nothing to do with crime but still are impacted by stereotypes and generalisations when they interact with members of the police force. Neither Philander Castile’s, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Walter Scott or the countless other Black family’s tears won't be comforting by your stats and excuses. Just as the family of these officers won't either. I for one do not want to live in a world where the police fear me and I fear them. Fear is the biggest driving force of division, hatred, ignorance and violence. If we fear each other we will not speak to each other. If we do not speak to each other we will not understand each other. If we do not understand each other we will not see past the uniform or the race. If we only see these external labels we will only see the statistics and the stereotypes; this only end ups dehumanize us all. And if we are dehumanized there will be a greater likelihood of us becoming another murder statistic rather than an individual with the right to life. I do not want to see anyone’s families crying on TV and pleading for justice or breaking down a the loss of their loved one. When it comes to uniforms and race we are quick to forget that we are all people. People with hopes, dreams and loved ones. But most of all we are individuals whom aren’t just a label “Black Man” or “Policeman”. We are individuals with our own individual lives. A life that shouldn’t be judged or generalised based on the actions of those whom look like us or wear the same uniform as we do. We have to look past the ethnicity and the organisation and see the person. Then at that moment we can judge the person before us; not the person we have heard about on TV or on social media. These people have families and loved ones just the same as everyone else. It's equivalent of another black person shooting you; so you went out and shot the first black person you saw. Two police officers were shot in New York before; did that stop the deaths of Black people by the police? No. Revenge for revenge sake doesn't get anyone anywhere. There is a difference between the system and the individual. We must all dismantle and fight the system; don’t kill the individual whom happens to be apart of it. The individual must be educated about the flaws in the system and coerced into speaking out and seeking change. That’s why we said “why don’t officers speak out about bad Police officers?” And they did! “Why doesn’t President Obama speak out about why #BlackLivesMatter? And he did! So to then choose the simplest but most deadly and unhelpful solution is asinine, illogical and wrong! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nt0f_H4sSQ[/embed] This shooting cannot be supported as it undermines the whole #BlackLivesMatter movement. It only gives the “I told you so” moment to those whom already said the movement was full of ‘thugs’. It only creates more distrust and ambivalence from those whom have heard the genuine grievances that Black people have about their treatment by police institutions.  Sadly, it has given more impetus and an excuses to those whom are racist and bigoted; allowing them to have justification for acting out their prejudices. These shootings are all a step backwards into a hopeless past. Both sets of murders whether civilian or Police officer result in the same situation; anger and distrust. Yet, the Police and civilians live in the same city, same country and same world. We aren’t separate, we actually one and the same. We need each other. It is only through cooperation, reconciliation and understanding that we can move forward. Neither group can listen to each other with a gun in their face or the threat of death and murder hanging over the discussion. I denounce all senseless murders. We cannot let this incident divide us or stop us from seeking change #BlackLivesMatter has to continue and the police also need to be able to serve the community without fear and murder. All noticeable and sustainable change is produced through cooperation. Let me know your thoughts How did you feel after hearing of the shootings of two Black men this week? How do you feel now 11 police officers have been shot? Please comment below and share; challenge someone to think a little deeper. Here are some other post you may want to read:

Did you know it was International Slavery Remembrance Day?

23rd of August was International Slavery Remembrance Day; however, most people would not know that. Just as most people were unaware of the first ever memorial service for the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which was held at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 21st of August. Both the day and the event were accompanied with a seemingly shameful media blackout.

 However, despite the limited media coverage, a passionate crowd turned up to show their support for the event. However, that crowd would have been a lot bigger with more mass media coverage. The question becomes why does the media and Britain in general struggle to talk about Britain's part in the Transatlantic slavery trade and how it impacts society and global Black community today? Why isn't there a minute's silence of the Transatlantic Slave trade victims? Why did this event not get covered by the BBC? Do Black people not also pay their television licences? There are many questions that can be asked. But with or without the support of mass media this event was still a success. Those who were able to attend were witness to musical performances, spoken word artists and activists performing and speaking out against slavery, celebrate freedom and highlighting the importance of the world’s collective Black history. British Rapper, speaker and activist Akala performed at the event and spoke to Ruptly about why “ancestor worship” and “remembrance of the past” in England is so crucial. “When black people remember their victimhood at the hands of the British Empire and colonial slavery, apparently they should get over it and it’s all in the past,” he said. “Even when the legacies of said brutality are still here with racism and police brutality and mass incarceration and things of that nature.” The organisers have said:
"The memorial service couldn’t come at a more poignant time, where the importance of black lives is being discussed as never before," Slavery Remembrance Ltd said. "The Black Lives Matter movement stands for all black lives including our ancestors who have been ignored, sidelined and overlooked for too long. "Ignoring this part history is part of the problem we see today. You cannot tackle racism without tackling its roots; with the roots of racism towards black people emanating from the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust, the significance of suitably remembering and honouring the victims of this atrocity becomes all the more pertinent. "It is naive to expect that [more than] 400 years of indoctrination can be wiped out in less than half the time. It will take years of education and reconciliation, but this process cannot be started until the topic of the Transatlantic Slave Trade is properly acknowledged, addressed and openly discussed. Only then can we begin the long journey to eventually eradicating racism.
Akala's comment echo as a reply against David Cameron's statement that insinuated that Black people should move on from slavery. Here we speak on why Cameron was disrespectful and incorrect The organisers want the day and the tragic moment in history to be recognised alongside other dark periods in human history.
 "We believe the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust are equally as important as the victims of the Jewish Holocaust and should be treated as such. "We question why International Slavery Remembrance Day passes by largely unacknowledged in the UK whereas the complete opposite can be said of the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day, which has a huge memorial service attended by royalty, politicians and other dignitaries and is all filmed by the BBC."
For more information please visit http://slaveryremembrance.org
 The event is similar to the #StopTheMaangamizi March earlier in the month.
Here is one of the speeches from that march: You can click here for the full info of the march

 Let us know your thoughts Have you attended any of these marches or memorials? Do you think there should be more of these? Do you think Black History needs more coverage? Please like and share; challenge someone to think a litter deeper

Friday, 4 September 2015

All this little boy wanted was the same peace we enjoy. Why can't some people care about his suffering #EnoughIsEnough

Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi; the latest victim of an avoidable crisis
This blog has now moved to www.antoinespeaks.co.uk Please read the new and improved articles and stories.

How many more images of dead children do people need to see, to be shocked in order to start caring about the refugee crisis? When do we say enough is enough?

Actually, if you clicked on this post you most likely have already said enough is enough. You aren’t the problem. You do care. You have followed the increasingly desperate, saddening and shocking stories of these refugees or as I like to say fellow humans!

But, you don’t share videos, images and news stories to preach to the choir. We need to share them to change the narrow minds of the Katie Hopkins, UKIPs, Britain Firsts, Fox News and Daily Mail commentators and followers of this world. Those whom make statements like “send them back”, “throw them back into the sea”, "greedy for the good life in europe', “i'd should use gunships to stop migrants” & "cockroach migrants".

When will they say enough is enough?
So I ask you, if you still think “Britain is full”. What if it was you needing help? To save your life, what would you do to survive? What lengths would you take to live another day? How would you as a parent give your child a better chance in life?

Picture the scene

As you sit in your house, at work or school. Your life seemingly ticking over at the pace you have grown used to.  Sometimes, you have your highs and sometimes your lows. However, your lows are never really that low and your highs are so in abundance that you devalue them to just being normality. The normality of your child's laughter and smile greating you home after another day 9-5 day.
So, sometimes you complain about the boredom of Mondays. You half-heartedly, celebrate the freedom that Friday brings. You complain to yourself when the bus being late is the main cause of disdain for your day. Sometimes, those politicians we give our sovereignty to seem to be doing an ok job; they say they are “protecting the national interests”. Other days, you don’t quite like what those politicians are saying; but you get back to living your own life. Back to occasionally complaining about those minor annoyances and undervaluing those many securities and joys. You continue on this path until, one day all of that security is ripped away from you. There are no more buses to take you anywhere. Those whom either loved that politician or hated him are fighting a bloody war; with you stuck and lost in the middle. The security you thought was a given is dramatically taken away.
Now each day is a continual battle to survive. What if in the mix of this survival you have the added responsibility of trying to secure your children’s future. The sound of the gunfire is overshadowed by their tears, screams and pleading for food, water and an escape from the fear of death.

But, all you know is your homeland, where your father raised you, where his father raised him. A place where you speak the language, you know the people and most of all, a place you call home. But, how can you stay in a home that has lingering hand of death knocking on your door each day? How can you keep stop your child’s tears and give them a brighter future?
So, you leave. But leaving isn’t emigrating. You can’t sell your house, car or possession. Who is going to buy a house in a war zone? You scrape together what little money you have and hand it over to someone who exploits your need for freedom, safety and a brighter future. You tell your child that you are going on a new adventure to somewhere they will be safe. As you sit crammed into a make shift boat, your mind starts to weigh the risk of staying versus the uncertainty of going. Going to a land where the people accuse you of ‘looking for a free ride’. A land where people say “send them back”. Without really thinking where back is. Back is sending someone to potential death.  And, If you do make it, you would have made it where others had perished. Even then you may find yourself left for dead in an overheating Van crammed with people.  Can you now imagine the lengths you would go to survive and live another day?

Can you now open your heart to someone who doesn’t look, sound or come from the same nation as you? Can you recognize them as another human? Another human in desperate need of your concern at the very least.

We are all humans trying to live in peace

What is living in peace? For most of us it is having somewhere we can call home. Having family, friends and security around us to let us know this is where we belong.  Are these not shared values. Shared values that are universal in all societies. No one wishes for their homeland to become a place of civil unrest, war and death.

This little boy is one of many. One of many boys, girls, women and men around the world, whom will die trying to escape death. There will be those who do make it. However, what life will they lead after that? Some will scorn them for trying to simply live another day without the cloud of war thundering over their children’s and their own heads.

Yes, it is a big world and one country can’t help everyone. However, this isn’t an issue for one country; it is a global crisis. Each person must look at themselves and their government and ask “What are we doing to help?”. If Britain took 25k that would only be 40 people were constituency!

As I have said previously when stating “African lives don't matter”.
I say again that only by standing together can we stop this decent into a world, whereby Extremist attacks become more frequent, Wars become more common place, Apathy becomes the norm and we struggle to recognize the humanity in our brothers and sisters. I don’t want to live in a world that becomes more marginalized and narrow-minded because we don’t speak out.

The Media

The papers exploit tragedy for profit and readership. They help to build up the anti-migrant, refugee and the scary foreigner narrative. They don't tell you how migrants boost economies and are essential to keeping public services running. They don't tell you about how history teaches us that ignoring refugee crises only leads to far worst problems. Papers make profit from hate and fear!

Don't be fooled by temporary concern. Yet, even if they pretend to care for a while. Let us not let this story die. Let us not let these people’s lives die in vein. Let say no more; I won’t stand by and allow apathy and disrespect to be the commanding voice of my nation! I care and so should you!

Remember this,  Katie Hopkins, Ukip, Britain First or any other ignorant and/or Racist group/icon is only as strong as their followers. If you can persuade someone to stop supporting them; then their power of influence will diminish!

This Little boy and the others who have and will follow him

For these children, I offer the poem in the video below: Kids who die by Langston Hughes. 


Let this little boy be symbolic of how we will not bury our heads in the sand and allow this crisis to be silenced.
Let me know your thoughts

Tweet me #EnoughIsEnough @AntoineSpeakson 
What do you think should be done?
What would you do to survive?

Is your government doing enough?

If you found this post thought provoking, please read my other relevant posts.

Most People Won't Share this... because African Lives Don't matter!
http://antoinespeaks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/most-people-wont-share-this-because.html

The world is sick... and here's why http://antoinespeaks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/a-man-works-at-factory-and-everyday-he.html

What is men were treated like women?
http://antoinespeaks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/what-if-gender-roles-of-society-were.html

There won't be another black president and the TV shows are to blame
http://antoinespeaks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/what-television-channels-dont-want.html

My letter to black boys and the people that raise them http://www.antoinespeaks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/a-letter-to-black-men-and-boys-who-will.html

Antoine Allen
@AntoineSpeakson
""The three c's of life; choice, chance and change. You have to make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to change" A. Allen
"

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Most People Won't Share this... because African Lives Don't matter!


Most people won't read or share this; don't let this massacre of Students distract you from videos of cats and posts from ladbible... Such is the wasted potential of humanity, since the advent of social media. 

Hi! This blog has now moved to www.antoinespeaks.co.uk please go their to support my new website and new articles; thanks for the support and feedback. Lets keep challenging people to think a little deeper

Before you read or watch; please note I wrote this blog post in April 2015. However, after the recent Paris attacks and many other attacks I have since wrote this(click the link to read): "I will not let terrorist make me afraid and nor should you" 

You are welcome to read both blog posts; Thank you.

Click above and you can now watch me reading and explaining this blog/the title; or carry on reading on for yourself. 


This Week in Kenya, a Massacre of 148 students took place. Students murdered by four armed Terrorists of al-Shaabab. Some were able to survive, leaving us with harrowing stories. Ones such as a man whom smeared blood on himself and hid amongst the bodies of his dead and dying friends. Or others like the woman who hid terrified in cupboard for two days; so scared to come out, that her rescues had to desperately convince her she was safe.

The question becomes; what is surviving and what is safe? These students will have to live on with these terrible memories and experiences. Expectedly, their university remains closed indefinitely. Their future hangs desperately in the balance. Most sadly, they will have to live on in fear each day in a country where Al-Shaabab's militants remain at large and continue their threats of mass-violence.

Spare a moment for the 148 whom did not survive. The clothes of their families will be no less soaked in tears. The screams of their sorrows will echo around the streets, churches, mosques, homes and fields of a their country with no less anguish. 

Yet, the world does what to combat, acknowledge, condole or seek retribution for their murders?

There will be no Foreign leaders photo opportunity or Je suis... hashtag. Most newspapers won't run their tragic deaths on any front page. 
Why? A quick look at Zizek on Violence can explain our western mindset to non-western deaths and/or violence.

"Over the last decade, 4 million people died in the Democratic Republic of Congo - mostly political killings. Time magazine ran a cover story in 2006, titled "The Deadliest War in the World," chronicling this state of affairs.
But there was no uproar, no one took up on it. Comparatively,
The death of a West Bank Palestinian child, not to mention an Israeli or an American, is mediatically worth thousands of times more than the death of a nameless Congolese...
and yet the U.S. media reproaches the public in foreign countries for not displaying enough sympathy for the victims of the 9/11 attacks." Zizek On Violence

Replace 9/11 with the tragic deaths of the Charlie Hedbo staff and we are in the same situation. We ask the world to weep for our loss or a loss close to us, without showing the same sadness or respect to their losses. Or worse, the thousands of lives we have had a hand in creating; from the estimated 1.2million(at least) that have died due to the so called War on Terror. 

Antoine you're wrong! "I do care; i wrote that status about the Charlie Hedbo Attack..."

Well, at the same time as 12 people died in France, there were 12 other terrorist attacks around the world. The most horrific was 2000 or more that died in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram. Where was their Je suis hashtags, protests, headlines, posters, vigils, status or tweets.

I say, in 2015 we need to think more as a united humanity rather than 'them and us'.
We need to see their deaths as our deaths.
Their lives as our lives.
We need to move further together instead of drifting further apart. We are socially connected but more disconnected; this banality of violence must stop.

Social media

Check your own timeline; when was the last time you shared something of meaning, positivity or educational.
Check your mind; when was the last time you read a story about someone who didn't look like you, live in your country or wasn't 'famous'?
When was the last time you sat and read a news story from start to finish? 
When was the last time you thought "i won't let this story be forgotten between the posts about cats and selfies"?
When was the the last time you thought someone needs to read this; "The world needs to read, see and act on this"?

A long time? this is because of the Banality of violence. Whereby we choose between whose deaths we care about and whose we don't. Whose lives are worth protesting, weeping and commiserating. There is a buffet of media; we would rather digest the sweet pointless posts and videos, than the news stories and tragedy that leaves a lump in our throat.

A friend asked me why this was the case and why this wasn't major news on all media forms; to use a popular phrase why this hadn't broke the internet?

Well, it could be because they are Black, could be because they are far away or even simply because the media has created a narrative about Africa. That narrative is a place that is uneducated, uncivilised and a conflict zone. Not a place of development, growth, innovation and full of people with hopes, dreams and aspirations just like anywhere else. This media driven narrative means people read stories about Africa and think "that's ok, that happens there all the time". This gives people an excuse not to emphasise. Not to care. Not to share. Not to write that status, tweet or share that post. "Africa and violence is old news". Do these lives not matter? Are we that busy sharing rubbish that we can't take a moment to care for these students?
Look around you, read the news, read your own timeline of friends and you will see we are divided and we are falling. Realistically, we can not change the foreign policy mistakes of the past. However, we can change our personal social and humanitarian thoughts and actions for the unity of today to influence the future of tomorrow.


Only by standing together can we stop this descent into a world, whereby Extremist attacks become more frequent; in a world that becomes more marginalized and narrow minded. A world whereby, we still elect people who do not care or represent our lives. A world whereby, we allow ourselves to be distract by fake realities and celebrate infamy rather than talent. A world whereby, the gap between rich and poor grows each year. A world whereby, a "like" is valued more than real tangible protests, thought provoking, debate, discussion, actions and change!
I don't have the answers, but if we think together, we act together. 
WE CAN COME UP WITH A BETTER ANSWER THAN THE MINORITY THAT KEEP FAILING US AND THE WORLD!

Here are two poems that are poignant in these troubled times.
I often suggest to people that they should read this poem, when someone passes away who is close to them. I think it is still fitting for this tragedy.

Do not stand at my grave and weep 
I am not there. I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand winds that blow. 
I am the diamond glints on snow. 
I am the sunlight on ripened grain. 
I am the gentle autumn rain. 
When you awaken in the morning's hush 
I am the swift uplifting rush 
Of quiet birds in circled flight. 
I am the soft stars that shine at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry; 
I am not there. I did not die.
By Mary Frye

RIP to these Students
RIP to the many that will sadly befall a similar fate.
RIP to those who have already befallen such a tragic fate.


THE TEST
Share this post and see if the people you know share it or like it; you will see exactly what i am talking about. Most people will skip past this and watch a funny video instead. Which isn't your fault. At least you tried to be "The change you want to see".

Thank you for reading.
Please follow my blog, youtube, Facebook and/or @AntoineSpeaksOn twitter. Below are some of the generic questions i have had since writing this post.

Questions
Do I have to share this blog? 
No, but share something. Share something of support, something of substance, something that inspires, something that challenges people to do something, care and emphasise. Most of all share your own opinion. I am just one person; just like yourself. My opinion is no better than anyone else's. As an Arab saying goes "The same rain water, grows weeds as well as roses; but the rain remains the same" Most of you reacted 'positively'. Others not so much. Such is life.

Should I stop having fun on the internet/social media?
No, of course not. The internet is a gift. A gift filled with fun, interesting, funny, cute and amazing videos/posts/sites/thoughts. However between the fun stuff, simply take a minute to care. It doesn't have to be every day; but when the time comes. When a story is so bad that the world must react. REACT don't be apathetic, distant and disinterested.

Antoine, saying "Most People" is generalisation; Why don't you feel it devalues your post?
"All generalisations are false; but this to is a generalisation" Someone far smarter than myself said that. If you clicked on the blog you aren't most people. However, if your only reaction to the blog is the title. Not Kenyan deaths, not the world ignoring Congo, not the world picking which deaths matter, not society becoming increasingly distracted by rubbish, not the media driven narrative that Africa is only a place of violence and not the call for you to change either your ways or attempt to inspire the people you know to change theirs. Then you have wasted your time reading this blog. The Title is a call to action. Simple as that. Message me and i will explain the nature of the internet in 2015. Sometimes you have to challenge people to think i.e. The greater good.


If you found this post thought provoking, please read my other relevant posts.

The world is sick... and here's why http://www.antoinespeaks.co.uk/the-hypocrisy-of-a-sick-world/

What if men were treated like women?
http://www.antoinespeaks.co.uk/what-if-the-gender-roles-of-society-were-reversed-this-film-depicts-the-sexism-women-face/


My letter to black boys and the people that raise them http://www.antoinespeaks.co.uk/dear-black-boys-and-the-men-they-will-become/

Antoine Allen
@AntoineSpeakson
""The three c's of life; choice, chance and change. You have to make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to change" A. Allen
"