A Rather Serious Topic

Hello! Matthew again and welcome to my second and final blog. The first half of term flew by and I am honestly questioning if I might have time travelled at this point! But I am grateful for this as now we enter the final part of the school year, aka: the exciting part! We are closer than ever to house cricket, sports day and speech day at the Churchill Theatre. We are truly in the endgame now! First things first: I would like to thank Finley for sticking up for us cat owners. I completely agree with your blog and I am sure my tortoiseshell kitten, Wasabi, would too. I have tried to read the blog to her, but I think she was probably sleeping.

Anyway, enough about cats and on to what I would like to talk about today.

Recently I was invited to audition for the musical Hairspray at Whitgift, a charming production about a teenage girl who attempts to find stardom in a dancing show, while trying to beat the spoiled daughter of the show’s owner in a competition. I know it sounds a bit Disney princess, but bear with me because, under the exterior, there is a good message about discrimination against African Americans and obese people and this got me thinking. Are there still outstanding examples of racism in the U.K today.?

Some of the things I found were shocking. According to THE INDEPENDENT, Manchester United fans are arrested for racism more than any other British football club. During 2014/15 there were 107 arrests for offensive behaviour at football matches and 27 of them were United fans. Now, that might not sound like a lot but, after crunching some numbers, it adds up to 25%! 107 is minuscule compared to the population who watch football, but think about it: 107 people accused of maliciously planning and expressing an unjust opinion to get someone down. An example of this is when, recently, a banana skin was thrown at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to insult his African heritage. Now, personally, I don’t understand why people get hot under the collar over a game. But some people obviously feel different about this.

One environment we boys can all relate to is the playground. An article published by THE GUARDIAN states that some school teachers turn a blind eye to racial abuse in the playground. The article contains a report from a black child who was tied to a lamppost during break time and whipped with belts at a mock ‘slave auction’ by other white teenagers. This child revealed that he had been referred to as a slave during school time. Some non-Caucasian pupils have even taken it to the level of using make-up to make their skin whiter. This is an extreme measure and I feel it has gone too far.

We are surrounded by so many articles citing examples of racism.  It is impossible not to help feel there is a yawning gap between people of different skin colour. We are all one however! I think we can see this idea from a rather unlikely example. Some of you might have heard of the video game called ‘Overwatch’. In a trailer cinematic, an Omnic (self-aware robots who live alongside humans) pacifist states that ‘Humans, Omincs: we are all one within the iris’ and I think that he was trying to convey that, no matter whose eyes, or vision, or point of view we are looked at from, we should all be viewed as equals.

Thank you for reading my blog. Good luck to my successor and I hope he enjoys being Deputy Head Boy as much as I have. This is Matthew signing out and leaving you with this:

“Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forwards; it’s how much you can take and keep moving forwards. That’s how winning is done.”

Rocky, from Rocky Balboa