We’ve Become Desensitised to Racism

I’m a white male and with that comes privilege. From a young age I always knew racism was wrong but also thought it was a thing of the past. We learnt about racism in history, we were shown the terrible treatment people were subjected to, we couldn’t believe how people were treated. I associated racism with older generations, too lazy or indoctrinated to change their views, a way of thinking that would be erased as the older generations die. But it’s 2016 and we still see racism daily; in the news, on social media, in person. Racism hasn’t left, we’ve just become desensitised. We’re so used to racism it no longer shocks us and that’s a problem. 

We only have to look at the UK and US to see just how many issues still haven’t been addressed. Brexit and the rise of UKIP highlights some of the issues we have here in the UK. Whilst I voted to remain in the EU, I understood there were logical reasons why some people were choosing to vote leave particularly in terms of business agreements and UK legislation rules. However, a lot of the Brexit campaign was based on xenophobia, using immigration as an excuse for the downfalls of our government and country. It seems almost ironic or simply ridiculous that a nation who controlled the British Empire and forced themselves upon countries around the world are now deciding they want independence.

Of course the recent US election bares perhaps an even more depressing reality check. A man ran a campaign fueled by hatred and intolerance and won the election. It baffles me that a man who is so openly sexist, racist, homophobic and xenophobic to name but a few, was voted into power. The majority of voters who voted for Donald Trump were college educated white women and I cannot understand how a woman was comfortable voting for a man who has joked about sexual assault and repeatedly made sexist, derogatory comments towards women. Regardless of Hilary Clinton’s flaws, she did not run a campaign based on hatred and intolerance and I believe her concession speech only highlighted the hopes she had for young girls and women in America.

As I write this I have just seen a story stating that a Mayor in America has said “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels” about Michelle Obama. Michelle, a woman who has fought to improve the education for girls around the world, improved the support for veterans, service members and their family and fought to address the issue of childhood obesity to name a few of her achievements. The fact that a woman who has achieved so much and has held her position with respect and dignity can be torn down because of her skin colour baffles me.

It’s 2016 and people still have issues over something people cannot control. The pigment of someone’s skin should not scare you, it should not intimidate you, it should not make you feel anything at all. Respect people’s heritage, celebrate cultures around the world, educate yourselves on different ways of life but do not allow someone to be discriminated because of the colour of their skin.

One of the most common excuses I have heard when witnessing an old person make racist comments is that it’s just their generation, they don’t know better. This very ideology is ridiculous, with age comes experience and they have witnessed the unnecessary horrors racism and discrimination has caused over time. If anything, older generations should be more switched on than any of us and realise racism only produces negativity.

As I write this, I’m reflecting on my own behaviour and prejudgments and I’m in no way perfect. I make assumptions based on stereotypes, I’m ignorant to a lot of modern racism issues that people face everyday. I’m worried I will come across as preachy but having the conversation is important. I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot recently and have been discussing it with my friends but it was Hannah Hart’s video response to the recent US election that made me decide to write this post.

Have conversations, ask questions, challenge discrimination.

Have a great day,
Ben

If you liked this post you may also like White People, Get In Formation or White Supremacy & Cultural Appropriation.

 

What I Have Learnt So Far

I recently hit 1000 views on chinsontour and to celebrate I de
cided it was time to share my favourite chins on picture I have ever taken. Before I get into this post, I would just like to thank everyone who has taken a minute out of their days to read, comment, like and encourage!
 Statue of Liberty
I began blogging to learn new skills and ultimately make myself more employable in the future however I soon found out I really enjoying blogging. Whilst I enjoy my job, I felt like it wasn’t giving me much creative freedom so decided to set up a blog to try out more creative endeavors. That was just over two months ago blogging quickly became a hobby of mine. Without further ado, I’m going to talk about a few things I have learnt and a few pieces of advice for new bloggers.
Share your blog
I have really enjoyed running a twitter and instagram account specifically for my blog as it allows me to connect with more people and more bloggers – particularly because people use different blogging platforms. I initially used Twitter purely to share my posts but soon realised I wasn’t getting much enjoyment out of having a Twitter account for my blog. I now participate in a number of the blogging chats, reply and interact with other users and also post about topics that catch my interest. Since doing this I have enjoyed using Twitter a lot more and have received more interaction from other bloggers because I haven’t been using Twitter solely to promote myself.
 
Use other blogs for inspiration, not comparison 
There is always going to be a blog with better photos, a bigger audience or a nicer theme and it can get exhausting constantly comparing yourself to others. It is important to remember that everyone is a beginner at some point and took a while to find their style. Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t immediately get 500 followers or you find some of your posts clunky or awkward. Try different things and find out what works for you. There’s no rush so don’t put so much pressure on yourself.
The blogging community is very supportive
I didn’t realise when first beginning to blog how supportive bloggers are of one another. Many are happy to help others and enjoy interacting with people’s content. The Blogging 101 course that I am currently participating in has solidified this as a lot of other participants have been more than willing to help and give their opinions on people’s posts, themes, taglines and all other blog related topics.
It’s okay not to have a niche
Sometimes it can feel like you need to have a niche audience for your blog in order for it to be successful and without one you won’t get very far. I don’t think this is the case. The priority is that you enjoy writing your content. You can tell quickly when someone has written a post purely for the clickbait title and readers won’t stick around for long. Strive to produce the best content you can and readers should keep returning to your blog. If you naturally find a niche you like writing about or have a specific topic or genre you are passionate about then go for it! Just don’t force it.
Don’t obsess over stats
This may sound a little hypocritical as this post is celebrating 1000 views but try your hardest not to obsess over your view, visitor and follower counts. When I first began blogging I checked it continuously to see if it had changed at all and realised I needed to let it go. If a post I really liked didn’t get the readership I had hoped for I had to accept it and move on. I think it’s important not to be too hard on yourself! I appreciate this is easier said then done and everyone will like to know how many people are seeing their content and where in the world they are reading from. Don’t allow the stats to overshadow the main reasons you are blogging. Enjoy it!

I Was On A Billboard In Times Square

Chins on Tour has gone global. Back in February Revlon were allowing tourists to get their picture on a billboard so naturally I seized the opportunity to improve the couples romantic photo in front of me with a chin or two. As we sat in Bubba Gump in Times Square we could see the Revlon billboard which was entertaining to watch as we ate our food. We went to a mixture of big chain restaurants and small, independent places whilst in the Big Apple and I definitely had a few favourites.

My favourite big chain restaurant we went to was Bubba Gump in Times Square although the theme was wasted on me as I’ve never seen the film. We got the bucket of Cajun shrimp to share for our starters and they were out of this world. If you don’t like fish, it’s probably best to avoid this restaurant but if you do then make sure you visit. The staff were great and I was surprised with how quickly we were greeted and shown to our table considering we were in Times Square. I hadn’t heard of Bubba Gump before I went to New York and have discovered they have one in London which I might just have to visit early next year. Interestingly I had heard great things about Hard Rock Café but was left disappointed after visiting as I didn’t think there was anything particularly special about our meal. Whilst the theme was cool and there is loads to look at, the music was extremely loud and ended up getting annoying when trying to have a conversation. If you’re hungry and in Times Square, head to Bubba Gump because it will not disappoint.

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As expected, New York was expensive and my sister had discovered a number of small restaurants she wanted to show us. Sophie had told me one of the best things about New York is the variety of authentic cuisine available and she wasn’t lying. One of my favourite meals we had was at a small Thai restaurant called Sukhumvit 51 on 51st street between 2nd and 3rd avenue. It’s a tiny place but the food was absolutely incredible and the service was fast. The staff were all really friendly and happy to help at any moment. Unlike the restaurants in Times Square, the prices are really reasonable and I made sure I returned when I went back to New York in July.

Wonjo on 32nd Street between 5th and Broadway was another restaurant that was a brilliant experience. The staff cook the Korean Barbeque in front of you which was great to watch as you waited and there were so many different flavours to try.  We also ordered some sushi on the side as we all of us love it and their California Rolls were amazing. If I remember correctly, it was relatively expensive but you pay for the experience as well as the food so would definitely recommend it if you are close to Korea town.

We stayed at the Broadway Hotel on 101st on Broadway avenue because it was a lot cheaper than staying near Times Square. We discovered a small Japanese restaurant two blocks down on 103rd street called Sun-Chan which served great sushi and I also really enjoyed their pork buns. I took my Dad there when we visited in July and he really enjoyed their Teriyaki Salmon and the pork buns. The prices were extremely reasonable and I found that it was a welcome break from all the burgers, bagels and fries we had been having on week. Although I loved all the stodgy food America boasts, it was nice to take a break and eat other cuisine that didn’t leave you feeling lethargic.

I think I will write some more posts about my time in New York as I had such a brilliant time and would love to return again in the next few years. I have got one post idea which will feature my favourite chins photo I have ever taken which I am saving to celebrate hitting 1000 views when I hit that milestone. Do you have any favourite restaurants in New York or America?

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