“Representation” is a word I have been hearing a lot in 2018. Whether it is used in a news article or a trending Twitter hashtag, clearly, the importance of this so-called representation has never been more emphasised. As glad as this makes me, I do still question whether people know exactly why the representation of non-white individuals in the media is so important, specifically in terms of the effects a lack of it can have.
Whilst thankfully in some countries we are moving forward in the rights of minorities, somehow people with disabilities are being left behind. As someone whose sibling has a disability I have observed this as a prominent issue especially when it comes to the disregard for disabilities from the government. The conservative government cut the funding for people with disabilities in the Work-Related Activity Group will from £103 a week to £73 which is the same rate as non-disabled people claiming jobseekers’ allowance. Disability is often a taboo topic despite the fact 13.9 million people in the UK in 2017 had a disability. Even in everyday conversation people with disabilities are disregarded when the term ’retard’ is used which is a derogatory term and yet is still commonly used. This is why we need to get the conversation started on normalising disabilities and preventing further discrimination. A platform which is tackling the naivety surrounding disabilities is ‘Special Books by Special Kids’ which is a channel orchestrated by Chris Ulmer on YouTube. The channel is a great example of the next step in removing the stigma surrounding disabilities.
So, you think you’re talented? Congratulations: you’ve already lost.
Food is undeniably a converging point in which every member of society can relate due to its position as one of life’s fundamental necessities. Yet, while this is true, it is vital to examine the varying relationships which people have with food associated with individual tastes and experiences, which, in turn, can be largely attributed to one’s culture, heritage and identity. Food can, simultaneously, work to shape a person’s identity whilst operating as an underlying factor in dictating their actions and behaviours, and as a result of this, one’s taste in food is innately geographical.
A speech on the importance of creative subjects.