A quick glance at the news today and three stories immediately jump out at me.
The first relates to a black woman who owns a cafe in Yorkshire who’s taken to ‘warning’ people about her race. She’s so sick of folk walking in to her place, clocking her (or more importantly her colour) and then walking out, she’s resorted to putting this up:
I don’t blame her. Why bother trying to ignore blatant racism? You may as well call a spade, a spade. It’s clearly palpable. Despite being a serious issue evidently, the sign is funny and somehow I think this makes it all the more powerful. While I think it’ll take a bit more than this to convert racists, it may cause some people to think a little more about their actions and motivations which has to be a good thing.
The next story tells of the train boss forced to apologise after a conductor told a woman breastfeeding her 4 month old to ‘do whatever she’s doing’ in the toilet. The mother felt, quite understandably, publicly humiliated. Do these people have no idea about the 2010 Equality Act? I’d have loved for this pompous dolt to have approached me while I was discreetly breastfeeding my newborn is all I can say.
But it’s the last story I came across that’s the most shocking. It comes from Chile and it’s about an 11 year old girl who was repeatedly raped by her mother’s partner over a 2 year period. She’s fallen pregnant and has ‘decided’ not to have an abortion. Instead of attempting to protect this little girl from further trauma, the president of Chile – whose strict abortion laws have remained the same since Pinochet’s regime – has applauded her ‘decision’.
Let me clarify further. President Pinera: ‘She’s 14 weeks pregnant and yesterday she surprised us all with words showing depth and maturity, when she said that despite the pain caused by the man who raped her, she wanted to have and take care of her baby.”
Further clarification. In an interview the girl said becoming a mother would be “like having a doll in my arms”. Depth and maturity. Really?
I rest my case. All that’s left to say is the fight for equality is a constant battle and, women especially, should take nothing, nothing, for granted.