It has been just over two weeks since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, and the beginning of a wave of protests across the world. Whilst neither the first nor the last incidence of police brutality and murder against Black people, this event has acted as a spark in a global movement to demand changes to White supremacist structures and oppressions. An aspect of these protests, particularly in the UK and USA, has been the destruction and on some occasions dismantling of statues honoring the lives of slave merchants and historical White supremacists.
Let us hope that the USA never has need of refuge on someone else’s soil. The irony of President Trump’s order against refugees and those from the specified Muslim majority nations is not lost on many.
Why are people so obsessed with the way women dress? It’s a subject that fills glossy magazine pages and pops up in newspaper articles. When a woman is raped commentators remark that she shouldn’t have worn a skirt that short, when a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf has bags of flour thrown at her on the high street, it is her fault for provoking people. After all, with all these terror attacks, how dare you identify as Muslim. I mean she could be hiding anything under that scarf.