Thursday, 13 November 2014

Kim Kardashian is a Marketing Genius; She sold sand to the beach and we all bought it

If Kanye West thinks he is a Musical Genius then his Wife is a Marketing Genius.
Think about it? During ‘The Fappening’, celebrity women’s bodies were snatched up on social media faster than when a child throws a completed deck of Pokemon cards in the air in a school playground and shouts “Scramble,”; frantically, immaturely and with little regard for who gets hurt in the process.

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Antoine Allen

"The three 3 c's  of life; choice, chance and change. You have to make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to change"

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Why i feel sorry for Dapper Laughs? Is he really the devil?

Dapper Laughs’ season 2 has been cancelled by ITV. Its critics have questioned and criticized Dapper Laughs’ vulgar, sexual charged and women orientated humor. Even to the extent that it has been claimed that he is inciting violence against women.

The question becomes is Dapper Laughs the personification of evil? Or is he merely a reflection of the true dark humor that lives inside the mind of seemingly a lot of young men?

Popularity: Dapper Laugh has 1,722,750+ likes on Facebook and countless more on Twitter, Vine, Snapchat and Instagram. Statistically, Dapper laughs has more fans on social media than the combined total of likes for three main British Political Parties of The Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats and Labor Party. So, is that a statement about his influence/legitimacy or merely the popularity and demographic of the Internet? We will see.

Dapper Laughs is the controversial character or as some have said alias created by comedian Daniel O’Reilly. Daniel took Dapper Laughs from 10 seconds vines to 30minute ITV2 Television show. However, in process Dapper Laughs went from the unregulated and uncensored world of the internet to the scrutiny, regulations and television standards that are a by product of the TV licensing fee.

In the unregulated social media world Dapper Laughs was able to resonate with section of male and most likely at least some female views humor. Not every joke he posted was about rape or even women. Often he would simply do puns, mini pranks and general ‘Ladish’ behavior. So, really if we are honest with ourselves, Dapper laughs is the personification of how seemingly a lot of young men think or at least what they find funny. If the Internet is true for one thing; it is that in order for anything to become popular someone somewhere has to watch, read and share it.

Looking at my own Facebook, some 200 of my friends liked Dapper Laughs’ Facebook page; at least 40% of those were women. Also, I asked myself how many women were in the room when On The Pull Dapper Laughs was initially made and commissioned? Well, the production companies attributed for the show were Hungry Bear Media and Big Minded; I can’t say if there were or are women who gave the go ahead from the ITV end of commissioning the show; however, at least one of owners of Big Minded production is a woman. Does that make his content more or less offensive to women? Or can the pursuit of rating cause both sexes to make morally questionable decisions?

Dapper Laughs on BBC Newsnight
Or even, could it be that Dapper Laughs has become the scapegoat for a lad culture and Internet culture that Britain/The world does not want to admit to? Think about what happens and is shared on social media every second of each day. We have created an Internet with little regard for morals and respect for others; with the primary pursuit of likes, retweets and shares. Racism, sexism and bigotry are crammed into 10s videos or memes for the pursuit of popularity and laughs. The line between a “joke” and someone’s true feelings has and is becoming increasingly more difficult to tell. The old saying that behind every joke is a little bit of truth is no more so apparent than on social media.

This is why during Daniel O’Reilly’s Newsnight interview I actual felt sorry for him. Although his outfit made him look like he should have span round on his chair to reveal his evil plot to take over the world. His admission of guilty and somewhat defense of himself suggested that he was remorseful. Was that due to the 60,000 signatures for the removal of his show? The backlash on social media? The Loss of potential stardom and income? His abrupt dismissal from the TV world( at least for the time being)? Or was Daniel O’Reilly sincere in his statement that Dapper Laughs the character was no more?

If we are honest with ourselves in our hearts we know he isn’t an advocate of rape. He isn’t the enemy of the homeless or the personification of evil. He is a “lad” who took the jokes he might have told his mates in the pub and told them to the World Wide Web. A World Wide Web that "blew up as he says himself". This then led to ITV seeking to bring some views to a channel that no one really cares about to think  “lets see if we can take this internet phenomenon and stretch it out for 30 minutes; to get some much needed viewership”.
Only last week ITV defended the show by saying ““Dapper’s pulling tips are firmly based on treating women with respect and speaking to them in the right way and this is the message he gives to all the singles on the show during the series. We realize that all humor is subjective and accept that Dapper’s humor is more risqué but feel that his unique brand of banter and brash charm is neither sexist or degrading to women and that his approach to pulling is based on displaying the right attitude to women in order to succeed.” Yet the show was cancelled days later. Due to Daniel trying to explain this point to his comedy audience in what can only be describe as true “dapper Laughs’ fashion “If [my ITV show] was a f*cking guide to rape, I would have done one five-minute episode, come on and go ‘Oi oi, I’m Dapper Laughs, go down the shops, get some rope, bit of duct tape, rape the b—h, well done, see you later.” After a back and fourth with a female from the audience he then says “she’s gagging for a raping”. Which was the final nail in the coffin of his TV career/show. ITV looking to distance themselves for this commissioning faux pas they then through Daniel under the bus. Without tackling the wider issues of programming and the views/opinions of his fans. Why not put on a live debate for both sides to come to an understand?
The cancellation of Dapper laughs symbolizes the major difference and risk of taking Internet sensation and placing their content on to Mainstream media. The uncensored and world of the internet allows such “banter” to flow. However, once you appear in people’s living rooms unrequested and paid for by Ad/TV licence revenue some media training, censorship and morality has to be installed. Think about it, if someone sits down one evening to watch their TV, they begin to flick through their channels and land upon a show that they deem not fit for viewing. Yes they can switch off; but they have paid their TV license too; so deserve to not be offended by what they see.
Whereas, on the Internet that same person would need to search to find that same content or they could even actively avoid finding if they do so wish. More importantly, its free! and not taking up 30minutes of a TV schedule that could be devoted to quality broadcasting. With that said, it then leads to the question is the out of sight out of mind world of unregulated social media a compromise? Strangely yes, because it enables people to challenges these views openly. Rather than, allowing them to fester in the jokes between lads or friends. Through open conversation people can say “this offends me because…”. I would rather someone spoke or even joked about their true feelings so I can challenge them, rather than they snigger behind my back. As I have said Dapper Laughs is only the personification of how some people think, laugh and act.

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded George Orwell

So, in short, some have simply said the show really wasn’t that funny and would have been terminated anyway. Personally, I believe true comedy has a point to make. Along with, some element of satire that eventually educates the audience. It doesn’t compound stereotypes or attack the same group of people show after shower; nor does it alienate a section of the audience. Through making them feel needlessly embarrassed, a victim of ridicule or unsure of their safety. The Mainstream media needs to entertain, educate and break down stereotypes rather than compound them.

With that said did Dapper Laughs aim to remind people of the degrading women face or was it a tool of further degrading? Sadly it was degrading to women. A lot of his jokes echoed the thoughts of an element of society rather than challenging them. Daniel himself as admits getting carried away pandering to the wants of this young male demographic.
In conclusion, Dapper Laughs wasn’t and isn’t satire, some of its laughs were born from the lowest form of comedy and brought nothing new or exciting to the world of comedy. If his jokes were of a similar tone about Black people or minorities it wouldn’t have been commissioned at all. However, with the new publicity it has received Dapper Laughs will fall or potentially rise into cult history. Those who didn’t know who Dapper Laughs was will surely know now. And As for Daniel O’Reilly he isn’t evil but merely the posted child for the Lad’s Bible type humor that is and will continue to sweep the internet.

So in short, it is easy to judge one man. Rather than look at the demographic that spawns and supports such humour.  

FYI this self banning or retirement will only make dapper laughs eventual return more popular...

As usual i am interested to hear your opinions. Was ITV right to cancel the show? Is Dapper Laughs for or not? Does it deserve a second chance?

As usually feel free to comment below. All discussion is welcome!

Antoine Allen"The three 3 c's  of life; choice, chance and change. You have to make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to change"

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Depression: not for the weak minded...

Depression and the social stigmas that unfortunately come with it, have often led people to judge. This judgment, subsequently forces those who suffer from depression to live in silence; in fear of being judgement and called weak. This silence and solitude forces them fight a lonely battle. A battle that reenforces their mindset into believing they are falling without a helping hand. They often feel as if they are crying into an never ending ocean of sadness. I ask you from the start to remember that only the weak-minded judge; the strong help!

“You know it ain't easy 
For these thoughts here to leave me
There's no words to describe it
In French or in English
Well, diamonds they fade
And flowers they bloom
And I'm telling you
These feelings won't go away
They've been knockin' me sideways
They've been knockin' me out lately
Whenever you come around me
These feelings won't go away 
They've been knockin' me sideways
I keep thinking in a moment that
Time will take them away
But these feelings won't go away.”
Citizen Cope on Depression 

Most of us experience sadness at some points in our lives. Depression is more than sadness. It is more than just dusting yourself off and starting again.

It is impossible to judge the mindset of another. But people are quick to pass judgements. We forget that, that very judgement itself is a mere guess. 
It is impossible to know the strength of another person's mind; yet we think sufferers are weak minded. 
It is impossible to know just how far and for how long someone has fallen; yet we tell them to get up and dust themselves off. Little do we know that the bulk of their energy is being used with all their will power, just to try to slow down their decent. 
Suicide is that moment when you have no more energy to fight the mental gravity that is hurtling you through a never ending pit of despair.  Sadly, suicide becomes what they perceive as a release from this seemingly never ending struggle and plummet. 

One cannot really walk in another man's shoes. Or experience another man's fears, hopes, dreams and nightmares through their eyes. We can not judge the extent of some else's actions, mental strength and thoughts by merely comparing them to our own. We each fight individual and unique battles.

Each person climbs their own individual mountain and walk's their own unique path. Some of us weather storms better than others. Some of us think we face stronger storms than others. Whatever the case, it is unanimous that we all want to climb up; no one's goal is to fall down. No one enjoys falling into a state of depression. No one enjoys the fall into sadness, despair and suicidal thoughts.

We talk of mental toughness as though being depressed is a sign of weakness. Depression is a mental imbalance not a weakness. 

A person that falls over is not weak, they have merely lost their balance. Now imagine after falling you found no way to get up. You found yourself falling deeper and deeper into a hole that seemed never ending. Even with helping hands, cheers and support from people around you. Often we can find ourself in trance, our ability to have tunnel vision kicks in and all we see only see one fixed point. One moment of sadness; one moment that keeps us from realising the opportunities around or finding a way to free ourself from this spiral of depression. 

So, remember that..
A mother who has carried her baby for 9 months and gone through pain most men could not handle can not be weak.
A soldier who has fought for their country can not be weak.
A person that goes from interview to interview to be told "no" but struggles on as long as possible, can not be weak. 
A person who works hard, long and often thankless hours; finding themselves snowed under a mountain of never ending work. But continued as long as possible to carry on for the sake of their job and their responsibilities;  forcing them to go beyond the call of duty, can not be weak.
A person who seeks to pursue the fulfilment of a dream and the fame that comes with it, requires immense strength of mind. To be brave enough step out into the public eye for all the praise and criticism that that entails, means they can not be weak.
And a person that has suffered alone in silence for years is not weak.

As people who don't suffer, often we can't understand. But we can have and show compassion, patience and empathy. 

Depressed people aren't weak. 
Depressed people aren't selfish. 
They suffer years and often alone in silence. 

Often that simple "hi and bye" conversation can be the step to saving someone's life. I believe we should try to extend those niceties to really listen and see if someone is really "fine". That extra five minutes could be the difference between feeling alone and knowing you have support. 

If you see yourself as "strong" then use that strength not to hold people to account or drag them down. But to lift them up; to share your strength to allow them to reach their potential. Use that strength to help them find a way to stop falling and start climbing again.

Still feeling judgmental? Read Elizabeth Wurtzel's feelings of depression:
“I start to feel like I can’t maintain the facade any longer, that I may just start to show through. And I wish I knew what was wrong. Maybe something about how stupid my whole life is. I don’t know. Why does the rest of the world put up with the hypocrisy, the need to put a happy face on sorrow, the need to keep on keeping on?... I don’t know the answer, I know only that I can’t. I don't want any more vicissitudes, I don't want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted.” 

Moreover, often people are depressed but don't realise it themselves. See this simple list to help you spot depression in yourself and others. Be the helping hand!

If you or someone you know suffers from any of these symptoms or you have any other concerns click here for links and numbers to call

So, What's your opinion? Have you suffered from depression? Has someone you know? What helped you or them? 
As usually feel free to comment below. All discussion is welcome!

Antoine Allen
"The three 3 c's  of life; choice, chance and change. You have to make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to change"

Friday, 8 August 2014

Most annoying question people who don't work in a office get asked! Why don't you have a "proper" job?

What is a job? You could simple say it's something that earns you an income i.e. money. However, some people give more weight to some jobs over others. Deeming some professions as not being "proper". Leading people to judge you. Leading people to underestimate your intelligence. Which can often lead you to doubt your path, your dream and yourself!

Who decides this jobs hierarchy?...
A Politician could say well i run the country. 
A Lawyer could say well i keep you in check.
A Doctor could say well i keep you both healthy.
A architect could say well i designed the building we are having this debate in. 
A Builder could say well i brought those designs to life.
A Policeman could say well i protect all of you and this building.
A Journalist could say well i told the people about this meeting and all of you.
An Actor could say well i entertained you when you finished work. 
A teacher could then say well i taught every single one of you.
In the end our jobs have a synergy, where each enables the other. Where each fulfils a need or a want in human society. We all have a role to play.

To us the life of creative and non-officer/9 to 5 workers is one of ups and downs. Its sitting next to the phone, email and Laptop waiting for that casting, audition, play, booking, shoot, film role, press launch, etc etc.

Society judges us by titles and superficial things. Often people see pictures and assume/Stereotypes about you. 
Most of us are more than just our job. 
Most of us are more than just our level of education. 
But people assume because you don't wear a suit everyday or work in an office that you don't lead a "proper" job or you lack intelligence. Yet a lot of the most intelligent, opinionated and eloquent people I have known never set foot in a university or don't own a suit/ nice dress. 
Some careers follow unconventional pathways of chasing an aspiration whilst trying to survive. This leads you to do the odd job that often is not your dream but enables you to keep pursuing your dreams. 

Whereas, some people lead lives where they are simply happy; they don't have expensive cars or money to waste spraying alcohol on each other but they do go home each day satisfied. 
Whereas others work in jobs they dislike but it provides them with the income to do the things that make them happy or buy the things that do. 
Finally, some people's dreams are achieved before others; they work in a job they love. Plus, the pay enables them to also buy/do the things they love. They are a minority in the work place! 

They say "do what you love and you will never work a day in your life"; however, most people don't get a chance to do what they love. Yet, it doesn't stop people from pursing those dreams and hope to do what they love one day! 
This is the nature of man; "horses for courses". We each do what best suits us. What best fits our worldview, hopes, dreams, commitments and confidence. 

To the the dream chasers...

It's a non linear employment; self-employment, Self drive, Self improvement and Self belief.

It doesn't follow the 9-5 monotony of regular employment.
It doesn't follow the i hate Mondays routine.
The waiting for the weekend routine.
Or the " i hate my job because in my heart i know i gave up my dreams to play it safe" routine.

It is the the last reason that is the provocation for the judgment. People who have achieved their dreams straight away or have given up on them often lack the empathy for those still living or chasing their dreams. They don't understand that to land that big job of consistent employment, you have to survive whilst waiting. So yeah, sometimes they may see you on the street handing out leaflets, samples or dancing in an unknown artists music video. They forget these bills aren't going to pay themselves. They forget that we much like them still have responsibilities and obligation. We are just the same as them; trying to survive and be happy. Except our survival is to enable us to keep chasing that dream. Keep applying ourselves every minute of everyday to "making it". So we can write that Facebook status or tweet "Finally landed, booked or got signed for the.... ".

I say what happens to those people if they lose their job? If they tie their self worth so tightly to their profession? Do they cease to be a "proper" and "worthy" person if they unemployed? Or is it as i believe, that we are more than the way we make money. We are more than the title on our CV. Or in my opinion all jobs would be unworthy when compared to those who teach our children(education professionals) or help us when we are sick(medical professionals).

So let us start valuing the dream, the ambition and the courage of people. 

Dreams and ambition come in many forms; some are complex and lofty. Some are simply having a home, family that loves you and enough money in your pocket to survive and then some. Courage can be pursuing that dream to reach the mountain top. Courage can also be excepting that you have to put your family over personal ambition or glory; not settling but accepting your role as the hero of your own household. We all make courageous decision in what we do in life. Let us respect each other's journey.

For the dreams and the believers; keep chasing those dreams. Sometimes you reach your destiny in record time. Most of the time you hit speed bumps along the way. You trip, you fall but it is up to you to get up and continue. Don't let temporary defeat knock your confidence in everlasting glory. Don't let a lack of support make you forget that your own spine, your own legs and your own mind are strong enough to carry you to your goals. You have the power to turn dreams into reality; be patient, be dedicated and keep believing!

That's all i have to say about that. 

I found this poem that Erykah Badu reads at the end of window seat:

"They play it safe are quick to assassinate  what they do not understand

They move in packs  ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another

They feel most comfortable in groups less guilt to swallow 

They are us 

This is what we have become 

afraid to respect the individual"

A single person within a circumstance can move one to change 

to love herself

to evolve"

So, What's your opinion? is your job worthy? are other people's jobs less worthy? What is your dream? 

As usually feel free to comment below. All discussion is welcome!

Antoine Allen
"The three 3 c's  of life; choice, chance and change. You have to make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to change"

Thursday, 24 July 2014

What is Black face? Why do Black people hate it so much? Why White people do not understand?

More, more and more incidences of Blackface are returning to the media. It seems more and more white people are committing this racial faux pa. Why is this? Are they racist? Or just ignorant of why Black Face is wrong? I don't think they are racist... but ignorance becomes a choice once you reach a certain age! 

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Why Television is to blame for why there won't be another Black President

Switch on your TV and close your eyes. Now imagine the image of Black People that you would have been shown in the 90s, 80s and maybe even 70s(before my time). Now open your eyes! What do you see today Crime watch, Top Boy and Youngers... 

Few of you would have notice that when I and many of you were growing up there were many shows on TV with a mainly black cast. Brilliant and iconic Television shows such as; Cosby show, Fresh prince of Bel-Air, Desmond's, My Wife and Kids, Sister Sister, Moesha, The Real Mccoy, One on One etc etc… Now there is NOT SO MUCH. Some of you may say so what? 

Well i will tell you WHAT!

Example: Fresh Prince of Bel-air; to many Uncle Phil was there TV Dad; much like Bill cosby was before him. Uncle Phil, was educated, he had a distinguished job and looked after his family. Carlton was intelligent and geeky. Ashley was young and talented. Hilary was slight silly but she found her feet and became a successful TV Host. Will was "street" but he too found his way with guidance of Uncle Phil. Each episodes showed a plethora of perspectives of Black culture/people, to the extent that it became about family life, growing up and chasing your dreams rather than just a "Black show". Both black and white people enjoyed watching The Fresh Prince. We laughed and learnt together. Don't forget most good television shows tackle real life issues....

Why is this important?

Not every person has a real friend from a different culture/ethnicity.

Not every person lives in the cultural melting pot of the big city.
Not every person has a reference point for alternative perspectives of black culture, people and stereotypes. 

Therefore, the impact of having less of a variety or no variety in this case, is that it allows one stereotype to become prominent. Which means;

Not every Black Person grew up on an estate in London
Not every Black Person in a hoodie conspires to mug or attack you
Not every Black Person in a large group is plotting riot and loot shops.
Not every Black Person has a criminal record
Not every Black person speaks with a London accents 
Not every Black Person is a hustler, thief, footballer, rapper, gang member, or drug dealer

What are Black people doing? What types of Black people are there? 

The same as everyone else! There's whole spectrum of Black people leading different lives; both positive and negative. However, if you only show the negative on TV. You perpetuate the wrong ideal that being Black is negative, street, ghetto or has some kind of other criminal connotation. 

The impact of this marginal stereotypical TV depictions is on both white and black people.

 For White People

They will soon come to assume that the stereotypes they see on TV are correct generalisations of all black people; "black people be like...". 
Ulster Rugby Team: What were they thinking?
This will impact on race relations in a way that is far more important than is being publicly documented. Through, a lack of discussion on race, more and more white kids are doing "Black face". Not because they intend to offend but because no one is there to educate them on why it is so offensive.(Click here to see my video on my black face; Why black people get offended) However, sometimes like the Ulster Rugby Team, grown men should just know better!
The N word; hip hop has to take blame for its proliferation. However, TV should and was an avenue to combat the stereotypes that go with it. TV should be an avenue for conversation between co-workers, students and friends. To discuss issues like race and culture. Now speaking about race is a taboo. With white people afraid to be seen as racist and Black people afraid to be seen as sensitive

For Black People

As Chris Rock said "there's Black people and there's N*ggas; black people hate N*ggas!". I don't use that word lightly. I use it in the context that it represents a person who is enslaved by perpetual cycle of ignorance, criminality and lack of thought for his fellow man or the community at large. 
If you are reading this post you are more than likely a black person. And with that comes a dislike of those "N*ggas*" that bring down the Black race publicly through criminality or generally ridiculousness!. So, when you turn on your TV and you see nothing but their stereotype it impacts you in two ways. 

1. It annoys and sometimes even angers you. You work hard, study, look after your family and generally live a respectable life but all you see on TV are negative stereotypes.

2. For the youth or the more impressionable it can make you question your own "blackness". How do i fit in this world where the concept of black is "street". But i have a job and talk in full sentences. Am i black? Am i a sell out, Uncle Tom, Coconut or House N*gga... Constant depiction of a narrow stereotype makes you question yourself because you do not adhere to it. This is the saddest thing about the lack of diversity on TV. We should be celebrating the Brothers and Sisters doing well for themselves and the community. Think of Carlton he is somewhat of the opposite to Will; he isn't as cool and he is geeky. But he still has a place in the family. He is intelligent, hardworking and is actually an amazing dancer. He is the depiction of many black people who have gone to university; there's no shame in being intelligent!

Most importantly for All peoples...
Young children/teenager and even adults used to be able to view a variety of perspectives of different ethnicities. Often through comedy the barriers of a lack of understanding and/or ignorance were broken down. Through interaction, learning and watching of television we learnt about each others cultures, mannerism and likes/dislikes. We learnt when it comes down to it we are all basically the same. We have the same fears, loves and similar troubles.

It is not just black shows; where's variety of cast members?

I can remember watching shows as far back as Rising Damp and seeing the interaction between races. Watching the educated, satirical and eloquent Phillip consistently interact with the somewhat ignorant and misguided views of his Landlord Rigsby, had a great impact on my own thinking. Shows like this brought to the forefront race relations issues. Along with somewhat teaching me and others how to deal with racist situation; i.e. rather than through anger.

The greater impact

Remember the same generations that grew up to watching Bill Cosby( A doctor) and Philip Banks (supreme court judge) would have eventually become the electorate that voted for President Obama…

Who will the next generation vote for if they only see black people as the cast of Top Boy or Adulthood...

so what is your opinion on the current programmes on tv? Do they represent different ethnicities fairly? what was your favourite show from the 90s?

As usually feel free to comment below. All discussion is welcome!

Antoine Allen
"The three 3 c's  of life; choice, chance and change. You have to make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to change"

Friday, 6 June 2014

Sharing Videos of People caught being racist only makes problems worse!

Every so often, some unfortunate black person manages to be confronted by someone/people, so at ease with being racist, that they are willing to be filmed doing so.
This footage then spreads around the internet like wildfire. Trending like the numerous people caught on British transport to the current video from America of a Woman berating and using the 'N Word' at Black man in his car; whilst her kids play in the background. And the latest example of Chelsea Fans Stopping a Black Man in France from entering the train

It gives everyone an opportunity to make a nonverbal statement. 

Black people can say "look see i told you; people are still racist!"

White people can say "oh my god, i am not racist i shared this video and i am appalled". 

Then a few days later everyone goes back to living there day to day lives. Day to day lives that for some include their ignorant views on immigration, sharing of BNP literature, their inability to comprehend "non-blatant racism" and even go back to using the N word themselves or at least sharing the various memes that use is it so frivolously. Herein lies the hypocrisy of black and white society in general. 

It is far too easy to condemn the obvious whist ignoring bigger issues:
  • Issues like the lack of diversity in the media and television; name 5 current shows with a strong ethnic minority cast or positive portrayal? 
  • Issues like the glass ceiling within universities and the work places, that perpetuates a circle of inequality and social segregation. 
  • Issues like the growing ignorance in race relations; how many white people could define white privilege? How many black people could give an adequate explanation of why the N word use is ok for them and not for others? 
  • Issues like the racism within football grounds; If the Premiership/ Football League hired more ethnic minority referees then you would see the true extent of racism in football).
  • Issues like 'Black face' returning to schools and fancy dress parties; how many black people have actually explained why black face is offensive? How many White people are willing to listen and learn?   
  • Issues like the growing hatred of immigrants and muslims; Did you hear about the White Man March?
  • Issues like Hip Hop's proliferation of the use of N word and its impact on black and white relations: Isn't this the same week that Justin Bieber said the N word? Wasn't it just last week, that footage of Jeremy Clarkson say it was mad public?
  • Issues like the treatment of Aboriginal peoples; How many people shared of watched John Pilger's Utopia?
  • Issues like Donald Sterling; not once did he say the N word but what did he do? He displayed a mindset that showed his true feelings. His feelings that came from a person in a position to hire and fire. In a position to deny housing. In a position to influence. Not the blatant but inconsequential racism of a random woman with little to no influence in society. 
  • Issues like the growing divide and silence between races. People are afraid to talk about racial issues. However, those that are unafraid often make misguided or propaganda led statements. Why is it so hard for us to just ask questions of each others culture, likes and dislike?
Football fans like most groups of men act in unison. They hide behind the anonymity and security of the group setting. How many of these men would attempt to stop someone getting on to a train by themselves? Or sing such chants? People show their true colours in the freedom afforded to them when surrounded by like minded people; one need only look at the average Britain First post. 

Thus this video and the many others like it is not surprising to me; nor should it be to you. Nor should it be even acknowledged above issues that pay far for impact on people's ability to progress through society. 

N*ggers in Paris

The question then becomes how can i be as appalled by its use when Jay Z and Kanye West put it as the key word in the title of their song? Well I still can and i have made a video on this before. 

But when rappers and other members of the Black community use the word so much; i actually feel sorry for White people. Not those who would be using it regardless. Not those who would be using it out of hatred. But what of the impressionable "White kid"; who grows up listening to hip hop. Maybe has a few "black friends". Maybe they even do not correct him/her when they say the word. Maybe he/she is repeating it from a song or a film. Either way, that repetition said to the wrong person may end in an awkward or even violent confrontation. 

But that all said, i won't be sharing this particular video because it isn't anything new. Or anything worth sharing. I've been called a N*gger in real life and countless times on internet. None of which killed me. The problem becomes when people's actions are as strong as that word. People with power to stop you getting a job, university place or are supposed to protect and serve you. Or the people who throw the word with a punch, knife or some other weapon. 

It becomes difference between the blatant and the institutional racism. The difference between subjective and objective violence( Zizek's theory on how subjective violence merely distracts us from everything else that happens continuously). 

We already know about blatant racism! Black and White people already know there are a minority of racist white people. Just as there are minority of racist people from every race. But whilst pointless issues distract society, real issues go unshared. 

Why? because people might actually have to speak to each other. That is the problem with today. There are no picket signs. 

No "No blacks, dogs or irish allowed signs", 
No blatant segregation lines,
No Apartheid,
But to go with that there are no Martin Luther Kings, Malcolm X's, Rosa Parks or Nelson Mandela's. No one to speak for black people or even to promote discussion around issues. Mistakenly, Rappers have become the spokesperson for black people in popular media. Last time i checked, there were more black people who weren't rappers/hip hop artists than were. At no point did i elect Kanye West as my spokesperson....

WE as society. We as a humanity need open debate and discussion. People should not be afraid to talk about race. Black people should not fear being called sensitive or angry. White people should not fear being called ignorant or racist. We still need to learn more about each other's cultures and perspectives on the world.
Or all the progress we have made will continue to drift away with each coming generation.

With that all said; i always say judge videos by the comments that following them. Often issues can be truly understood by the comments of people who have witnessed the story. In this case, the mass condemnation of these thugs actions were pleasing!

What's your opinion? Do you think there is enough discussion on race relations?
What was your reaction to the video in question?

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Antoine Allen