Is it because I’m black? Yep! Now what are you going to do about it?

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I sat in a staffroom filled with predominatley white people whilst one black teacher recalled the number of times he had been stopped by the police. ‘One week I got pulled 6 times, i’ve lost count!’.  The staff gasped in shock and horror whilst I, ‘the only Muslim in the village/ I mean room’, sat quitely observing the responses.

I remember sitting in university with the same horror and disgust when I learnt about socialogical theory whereby it is suggested that the education system is like a filter system.  Imagine a sieve…theory suggests if you are white and middle classed you glide through the system with no problems, but anyone other than this often becomes stuck.

Now lets be clear i’m not talking about racism, far from it, i’m just stating the facts that just so happen to have also being suggested by different theorists.  Therefore I suggest we must prepare ourselves with the correct knowledge and understanding to be mentally and physically prepared for the journey we face. 

We cannot be phased by the attitudes of people who have no insight into the struggles we face as people who are often boxed into groups that are attached with prejudices.  What we can do is re-educate where possible and empower those groups with the belief that dispite these hurdles, we can make it through.  And in addition to this educate those who place these obsticales without knowledge, so they can knowingly refrain from doing this again. 

References available at request

 

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About iamshalina

http://iamshalin5.wix.com/iamshalina Shalina Litt was in the music business from the age of 15 years old and it wasn't until around 2006 that life took a big turn for her. She graduated with a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies eager to do right by my son. Around 2006 she embraced Islam and took on a calmer lifestyle getting married and focusing on being a mother alongside a business woman. Her marriage dissolved due to domestic Violence in 2009 and she retook a different path learning how to rebuild my self esteem and confidence. This journey allowed Shalina to share her growth via blogs and vlogs building a large following around the topic of abuse. Around 2011 her career as a Radio Presenter at Unity FM began. As her confidence grew, she decided to speak out in international media defending the rights of Women and Hijab. This lead her to successfully be present in Media covering newspaper, TV, Radio and Magazines in addition to have been in a successful documentary done about 6 Muslim women from around the world by a TV Production Team (NRL) from the Netherlands. This public platform allowed her to be vocal about various heart felt topics through Social media and other broadcasting opportunities. As a result Shalina now coaches women around the topic of Abuse Resolution. She continues to appear in mainstream media discussing various topics around Islam and women. She also runs her own business providing Inclusive Islamic Education for SEND Children. She is currently recording an album and writing a book, both due to be released in 2017 God Willing. For more details or to contact Shalina Litt email iamshalina@live.co.uk

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