Last year whilst watching Jessie Williams’ BET acceptance speech I decided that enough was enough! I was tired of being tired of inequality in all forms! I was tired of Black men being killed in America for no apparent reason, I was tired of people living their lives and being killed just for doing that! I was tired of the social class stratification inequalities, I was tired of society as a whole! That night I stayed up (until very late) and literally cried whilst trying to articulate my social frustrations to my husband! I was angry! I was angry with society but most importantly I was angry with myself. I was angry with me because I felt that I could do more!
As a child, I admired people like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Diana Princess of Wales, Mother Theresa and the list goes on. I admired these icons because despite all the challenges that they were faced with; they stood and acted on what they believed in. I can hear you say ‘Gosh, give yourself a break! You alone cannot change society!’ Yes you’re right, I alone cannot change all of society but I can do something to make a difference to it. I feel as though I can’t be waiting around for someone to bring about the change I want to see in the community I’m apart of or the change I want in society! So I Mabinty Esho declare that I am ready to make steps towards making a difference to three aspects of society…I’m not yet going to share how I plan on doing this until I have actually done something! However I will share with you what social change I want to see….
I have been passionate about homelessness since 2011/2012 when I worked for the charity Shelter and volunteered for my local Foodbank. Whilst working for Shelter I came across a lot of vulnerable people who were homeless, some were on the streets and others were in limbo whereby they had been placed in temporary housing. It was definitely a shock to the system when I found out the amount of people who were homeless due to no fault of their own. It was very different to how the media portrayed homelessness. I met many people who had mental health issues, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). To be honest it made me angry because as a so-called first world country why do we not have enough housing, especially for the most vulnerable? Furthermore we need to get these people back to work and staying in work! It’s literally that simple! More support with finances, more mental health facilities, more centres (not job centres because they treat anyone who’s unemployed like scum..I’ve had bad experiences) to assist in confidence building, CV writing, Interview training etc. As a country we need to step up and place people, families into homes…it’s a basic necessity not a luxury.
The elderly is something that’s just as close to my heart as homelessness. I feel that we as a society need to look after our elderly better. If the norm is to put them in care homes then those care homes need to be regulated better. That means in my opinion, better pay for the carers and nurses, better staff training, employment of more staff which in result will mean less working hours. I truly believe that a happy team equates to a happy work environment and will therefore mean great quality of care. Having worked in two elderly care homes I’ve seen how it’s been done well and unfortunately how it’s been done badly. We also need to bridge the generational gap between the old and the young. We can do this by getting more young people into care homes, reading to the elderly, playing games with them or quite simply just being a listening ear. It’s that simple..the elderly just want company and care. Like the rest of us, they too just want to feel as though they belong. Especially in a society that has changed so dramatically from when they were youths. In all sincerity wouldn’t you want to feel apart of a society that may often exclude you?
This is my priority focus! At first I wanted to focus solely on Black boys and trying to get rid of that social stigma surrounding them. However after working at my current job (Yes I’ve had many jobs) I’ve now realised that such struggles are not exclusive to only black boys but rather boys from lone parent and low socio-economic backgrounds. The boys who fall under these categories generally ‘play up’ at school, are not academically driven, have low self esteem and may end up breaking the law which inevitably will lead to them ending up in jail hence becoming another societal statistic. I guess I am extremely passionate about this topic because it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that needs to be broken. I am tired of seeing young men either die or end up in prison. It’s time for us to step up and show up! These are the next generation of leaders, the next generation of husbands..the next generation of fathers! Let’s not let situations that were out of their hands determine their future! Let’s be the generation that breaks that cycle…
If you are passionate about this topic and you are a male, came from a low socio-economic background and/or lone parent family, are now in full time employment and/or own a business…Please leave a comment showing your interest.
What are you passionate about? What social change do you want to see? What are you planning to do about it? Leave a comment and let me know!
Let’s get the conversation started.
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Love Mabs xx