Holocaust Memorial Day

70. The number of years that have passed since the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of such a horrible part of European history.

For those of you who may not know, the Holocaust was a horrible genocide which involved the horrendous murder of Jewish people and other social groups e.g. homosexuals, Gypsies and Jehovah Witnesses. It was recorded that approximately, 11 million people were killed in total. 6 million of them were Jewish and 1.1 million of them were children. It lasted for 10-12 years beginning around 1933 when Hitler came into power in Germany.

Seeing such big numbers really opens up our eyes to the amount of innocent people who had to lose their lives simply because of their identity. Discrimination and Persecution was something that these people had to face everyday of their lives simply because they were different!

However, who has the right to kill, torture or abuse you because of your individuality and your background. No one! Therefore, it really saddens me to know such a cruel dictator and regime would promote such disgusting values upon the generations below them. Children were brought up to learn that acting in such a vile and cruel way was acceptable. Harming individuals who were different became the norm, and watching someone being humiliated in front of you was purely entertainment.

I’m not denying the fact that there were people who didn’t want to accept these attitudes, however those who were even brave enough to stand up for what was right were also treated terribly/ killed leaving society to make a difficult decision: Kill or be killed. Why should anyone have to make that choice? If I was in the same position, making that decision would be very difficult and I guess no one will actually understand how these victims must have felt unless we are put in their position (which I pray to God that we will never be in).

The reason why I chose to write this blog post about the Holocaust is not only because I wanted to pay tribute to all the heroes that died for their identity but because genocides such as this one have always been close to my heart. I am not Jewish and I am not German. However, I am a black Muslim girl. All three factors could have lead to my death or lack of value in society, had I been alive at the time. However, this shouldn’t be the case for anyone whether it is in the past, present or future.

I constantly get asked what I want to be in the future… and I respond by saying a UN representative. Why? I say this because I want to actively contribute in making this world a fairer place; where equality is the norm.

Overall, no one should be harmed because of their identity, colour, religion, gender or sexual orientation. So don’t be ashamed about who you are – stand proud, because we don’t need a boring world full of the same old thing but an exciting one with a difference.

Mistakes…

Perfection. A concept that we can all agree is basically flawed because it is a perception that society works towards in order to achieve some ‘success’. However, ‘behind the scenes’ of this masterpiece are our shadows called mistakes – forever lurking and keeping you company where ever you may go.

Making a mistake is inevitable and without them we wouldn’t be the individuals we are today; life wouldn’t be the same. Mistakes are a part of our human nature (like DNA) and shouldn’t be looked down upon. As a famous author quoted:

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default” 

– J K Rowling

However there is a thin line between a mistake and senseless acts of stupidity. How you define that line is completely up to you, but in my opinion you generally make a mistake unintentionally & don’t repeat them because presumably you learn from the past and move on. Sadly, many people can’t distinguish between the two and do stupid things instead. This leads to a numerous amount of events which keep occurring and repeat on a regular basis creating a viscous cycle.

It is very simple to brush things off and call them mistakes when in all honesty, they are not. Instead of tucking things under a  carpet, its better to bring them out in the open and acknowledge them hence allowing you to deal with the situation at an earlier stage. This prevents the repercussions of the severe consequences which may follow.

This all nicely ties in with our responsibilities and where they may lie. Mistake or stupidity…it doesn’t really matter. As long as we accept the outcomes of our action and simply move on, that’s what counts. Time waits for no man and no man should wait for time. We live a life of fast movements, rapid decisions and quick processing so rather than slowing down to gaze into the past, we should power through like a jet to our future – whilst enjoying the ride.

Through the eyes of a youth…

Lifestyle, Beauty, Politics, Debate! You name it and I’ll frame it! With words, pictures, video and audio, I aim to create a space where media can be used to highlight different perspectives and opinions through the eyes of a youth. Yes youth! Being young and apparently ‘dumb’ by society won’t stop me from unleashing whatever I want to say/ show to an audience of also young (or maybe older) individuals who just want to learn about their community.

So if you are interested in the topics above or even more, please feel free to let me know by commenting below with your suggestions because I won’t hesitate to read them! I am really excited about starting something new and I hope you guys are too because these fingers will be typing a new post very soon!