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Watch my YouTube video, and hear all the ways in which my grandparents are terrifying, but not terrorists.
This is a poem for the people who want me to fail and don’t understand why I’m still here.
To be non-binary is to be outside the traditional gender norms of the binary concept of man and woman. I’m telling you this because the world seems obsessed with my body.
It’s not okay to get white people to play black people. It’s not okay to look at the colour of a real, human being’s skin, and just pick the most palatable shade and then colour them in a bit. These actors may be no Rachel Dolezal, but they’re not a substitution for someone’s identity. Hollywood just can’t get it right.
Duncan Smith is known popularly as IDS. I’ll leave the irony of the resemblance to a particular debilitating disability to you. The disease of which IDS is merely a symptom is one of opportunistic scapegoating. If anything, his swift resignation gives us a deeper insight into Tory party politics, and David Cameron’s plan to keep a Conservative Government alive in his eventual absence when he finishes his second term as Prime Minister. So who stands to gain from IDS’ resignation, and who stands to lose?
Education is my right. It is your right. It is not a privilege. Every time someone decides education is theirs to administer or judge, stand up against them. When they say those things, they negate everyone’s ability to be educated to the standards they wish to be educated.
I am not my hair, but at the same time, I am. No amount of shaving can deny the fact that I was born hairy, regardless of my gender identity. No matter how much I cover it up, it does not take away the fact that I feel it is a problem. All of these ideas boil down to one collective thing: hair is political because of conformity being seen as a means to erase or cover up identity.
According to Plan UK, 1 in 3 girls in the developing world is married by her 18th birthday. I can no longer be an apologist for my community when it comes to arranged marriage.
I shouldn’t have to feel like my voicing anything but a condemnation of ISIS means I’m a prime target for radicalisation. I am more than just a Muslim who condemns ISIS.