A couple of days ago I went to an African-Caribbean event to celebrate the anniversary of an association my parents are part of, and many guests were invited. Among the chair persons there was this woman named Yvonne Mosquito (I later googled her and I’ve found out she’s a very important personality: she’s the West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, and it’s quite a huge thing). She gave a very strong and powerful speech and I was quite impressed.
She spoke about how African people had to struggle to make their voice heard in the days of colonialism and how independence and the institution of independent governments in African-Caribbean states required the blood and sacrifice of many.

The struggle still continues today in the Diaspora. Many “immigrants” (not natives) are challenged and are left to carry bricks; walls have been built against the growth of these people and they are oppressed by unequal possibilities, although the evidence of that is not always apparent.
She used “we” in every sentence, perhaps to underline her involvement and the responsibility each and every one of us has, in order to make this happen.
We have to stand up and speak up; we have to use those bricks of iniquity to protect, define and refine ourselves in order to hold our head up high.
We will fail if we do not take in our hands our worth. We have to be dedicated and committed to break the barriers of social struggle, and we can only do that by knowing our roots, history and educating ourselves in the present.

This is what I got from her speech, and I hope this means something and gives you something to think about. However the case may be, the massage is this: when you know your worth you conquer your fears and by doing so you can speak up against iniquity, in whatever form or shape it might present itself.

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