What it means to be Black in Britain

The South East London Blogger

It means:

• Being three times more likely to be tasered by Police
• 50% more likely to be detained under the mental health act
• 28% more likely to be stopped and searched by Police

This is the harsh reality of being black in Britain and it’s easy, to want to shy away from these shocking statistics. Although I knew that we are still heavily discriminated against and are still viewed as the inferior race.

I don’t think I fully comprehended, the true severity of the situation until a few weeks ago, when I came face to face with what it truly means to be black in Britain.

On the 3rd October 2015 I attended an event in Brixton, which commemorated the 30th year that Cherry Groce was wrongfully shot by the Metropolitan Police in 1985. Police raided Cherry’s home claiming they were looking for her son, the…

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Who am I? Why am I here?

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The Girl Behind The Blogs

I’m Kerri 26 from a little but mighty borough called Lewisham (South East London). Similarly to other young women I have many dimensions to my life and my character. 

I’m a young (but not so young guardian) to my much younger sister who is still in her teens. A responsibility I could have never prepared myself for, after the passing of our beautiful, selfless, precious Mum passed away.

In many ways I’m still trying to find myself, and really trying to learn to be at peace. With the fact that I’m getting older day by day, (some people accept the ageing process with more ease not me). But I’m coming to realise that as we get older we learn more about the depths of our character.

Our strengths, weaknesses, our capabilities. That age gives us the grace to develop courage, through seeking and being blessed with new opportunities to achieve greater things with each year, and conquer new challenges which perhaps we would have shied away from in our younger years.

I view my blog as one of the positive things that has been created from the mere fact of getting older. As this is an exciting new venture, which takes courage and perseverance.

The main thing that makes me, me is my concern for society and the world in which we live. Especially in regards to the black community, young disadvantaged women, and young people. In particular those who have lost a parent/ become a guardian or carer.

My personal experiences and struggles I’ve endured is also what makes me Kerri. This is another reason that compelled me to start a blog. So often we sit in silence, mulling through our thoughts and sometimes, feeling our struggles are worse than everyone else’s. When sometimes what we need to do is express ourselves whether it be through the medium of writing, drawing, dancing.

Why Do I blog Publicly?

After writing numerous blogs for the women’s charity I work for (Young Women’s Trust). Two of my colleague’s praised my writing ability and encouraged me to start a personal blog. So it was time to shut the door on procrastination and take the plunge.

For me blogging is a way for us to share our stories and inspire others, especially if its a story you can draw parallel’s from. Sometimes we question how much personal information we should share. Especially publicly but just imagine, that one person can feel inspired or comforted, by your story. Then its worth sharing. Because all we have is our story, that’s what makes us US.

My main reason for blogging is to raise awareness, and inspire others.

What Are the Main Topics I Will Blog About?

  • personal life experiences
  • young disadvantaged women
  • black community
  • organisations doing meaningful work
  • stories covered in the media

Blogging Objectives for 2016 and beyond:

  • reach a wider audience (gain 500 followers in the year)
  • engage with more bloggers especially those from London
  • seek more like minded bloggers
  • build a loyal audience base
  • learn more about the blogging sphere
  • inform and highlight readers, about issue’s facing BME’s and young women
  • create a posting schedule and adhere to it
  • share the work of amazing organisations
  • take time to read other bloggers posts

I’m sure you all have goals for your blogs also, irrespective of if your new to blogging or, a seasoned pro. So here’s to the wordpress blogging community, and our own individual goals, wish you all the best in achieving what you set out to do in 2016.

From the South East London Blogger x