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Ethan Khumzy: Melanin Part 2

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One of our Autism’s got Talent Performers and Pineapple Performing Arts Charity Scholarship winners Ethan Khumzy shared:

‘This piece of rap I’ve written is called ‘Melanin – this is Part 2’.

Many more years, we’re still screaming out their names, instead we’re still not finding change, if you was in our position, you’d be feeling our pain, you’re either Locked in the cage or you’d get called names,

You tend to look at us like we’re moving the same, thinking we’re some thugs, just because of our race, violations to my race is what I cannot take, every day, every night, we never get a break,

My colour of my skin is not a weapon in your eyes, just cause you see how my people are like, it’s the way that they see us, there’s no way out of this, on top of that, there’s no point even doubting it,

The hate they give, is the hate they’ve been kept with, that’s why we’re not resting, we’ll keep spreading out the message, we want Justice and also acceptance,

I’m a young black king, not a person that is hard work, you tend to hate when we’re putting in the hard work, all of us screaming out we just want acceptance, karma will be served to you, that’ll be your lesson, Black lives matter, we’re never treated equally, judging us harshly, because of our scenery, because of what we do, we’re locked up easily, if you’re a racist then please don’t speak to me,

I don’t wanna get stopped, I don’t wanna get locked, does this look like that I came from the block? No way, no time to be beefing opps, cos I’m not that guy that you see, end of, RIP to the ones of the lives that are lost, everyday I had conversations with God, Ive asking the man, when can it all stop, he replied I don’t know I guess it will not,

I can’t breathe were the words that George said, these words never got up to your head, to even acknowledge how you’re treating my people, don’t ever try calling my people evil, really you’re the ones acting evil towards us, we’ll, the karma will be sent back towards you, I got my brothers like I’m working for Warner, all racists should be pushed back like Walker,

See no evil, hear no evil, but they wanna speak the evil to my people, every year, every day, we face segregation, how the media portrays us, I strongly hate it, I’m looked at as a villain, but you’re looked like as a villain too, people, we bleed the same, that’s the living proof, how were living everyday, we found it the hardest, if you don’t sympathise with us, then you’re heartless.

Ethan Khumalo

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Meditation an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

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Meditation truly is magic but science !! I absolutely love it ! You will be amazed by what the power of a simple guided journey , story or visualisation does on physical , mental and emotional levels . It’s a deeply relaxing mind and body workout !! 

Not only does it help the body “drop” from the endless chatter of the head and into the deep wisdom of the heart , it also helps us “drop” from the busy Beta levels we are normally on down to alpha and even theta levels.

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This brings clarity, focus, perspective, motivation, imagination, creativity, mindfulness, self empowerment, immunity, better sleep, better health, improved decision making and communication. 

Meditation reduces stress and anxiety because it floods the body with oxytocin (love and nurture), serotonin (confidence, self esteem and happiness), dopamine (motivation and pleasure) and endorphins (pain relief). 

While all these happy hormones and coping chemicals zoom around our bodies, we are taken out of fight or flight, blood pressure is lowered and the 37.2 TRILLION cells in your body are all boosted until they shine!!

We feel able to cope and function and the risk of depression during these challenging fines is massively reduced. 

Aren’t our minds and bodies just INCREDIBLE !! 

Please watch my video below.

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Ethan Khumzy: Melanin

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One of our Autism’s got Talent Performers and Pineapple Performing Arts Charity Scholarship winners Ethan Khumzy shared:

‘This piece of rap I’ve written is called ‘Melanin’. Melanin is written in the perspective of ‘why do you see me as a bad guy or monster?’ ‘Why am I the gangster?’, it’s written in a stereotypical point of view of other people that are not like me, they would look of people of my colour/race like ‘he/she looks like a gang member’ ‘I don’t like him/her’ ‘they easily get arrested, that’s no surprise’. There are loads of good people of my kind just like any other race. ‘

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I am sad – an article written by Pershy Mgadamika, Mum of Ethan who is one of our AGT performers

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The past two weeks have been draining emotionally. A man called George Floyd was murdered by a policeman in America. Yes, in the land of the free. I have cried non stop because l can’t erase that picture from my head. My kids have cried too.

We all can see George as one of us. Why? We are black. Ethan is 17 and on the autistic spectrum. Ever since l can remember l have always told and reminded him he has two disadvantages, black and autistic.

I would love for Ethan to be independent but how can l? I don’t encourage him to go to the high street during college lunch time. I worry so much, what if he doesn’t have enough money and they accuse him of trying to shop lift, what if someone snatches his phone and he gets disoriented and can’t articulate his words to get help; what if him asking for help is seen a different way and he gets into trouble with the police.

So many questions yet no answers. His dad won’t go jogging because the last time he did he was stopped by the police and questioned what he was up to, yes, in Essex.

Now imagine two grown men jogging and the suspicion it raises. So whilst the gyms are closed, they’ll stick to YouTube for keeping fit. So many anxieties right now. In our home, this lock-down has been a curse and a blessing.

I am glad we’re home safe. This is despite my partner being followed by the police a few times on his way to work during this lock-down, he knows to stick to the same speed, doesn’t do anything that might cause them to stop him. We know at that time they’re checking car registration, mot, insurance etc. Unless they suspect you’re illegal, have you heard of wind-rush scandal? Yes that…

Ethan likes to write rap/grime lyrics. The latest one just broke my heart. It’s heartbreaking hearing your child say stop oppressing us, stop killing us. I am a mum to a black and autistic young man. I am afraid for my son’s future. I am afraid for those who hate people like us. Autistic and black, double disadvantage.

Ethan is doing gaming development at college and maybe one day he will be employed in that industry. But statistics show black people and disabled people are more likely to be unemployed in their chosen field despite qualifications and experience.

Those are just some of the things that keep me up at night. Will he ever be employed? Not that he’s not capable of being employed. Or will they call him a lazy block man? A thug?

The murder of George Floyd has allowed the world to hear the voices of black people and what we deem racism. Yet there’s a few who want to silence us when we say Black Lives Matter. As much as I agree with the statement “all lives matter”, why is it no one ever objects when l raise autism awareness.

Not even one person has ever asked why l don’t talk about other disabilities. Do you get the comparison? l am tired of being afraid, we are tired of being afraid for our sons, brothers, husbands, fathers, daughters, mums, sisters, and ourselves.

It’s not just institutional racism, it’s also the subtle racism. Lack of promotions at work, workers who refuse to work alongside black people, managers who ignore black workers when they say I am being treated differently.

Teachers who won’t help our children progress yet they know and can see they’re doing better than everyone in the class. Yet if the child has ADHD they’re called naughty, if it’s dyslexia they’re lazy. They’ll blame your parenting skills if your child is autistic. The list goes on. Everywhere we turn there’s someone saying or doing something to remind us we’re different.

Yet despite all these negative experiences, l will tell you where we’ve found love and acceptance, the autism community. We all know we have the same challenges and we just support and are kind to each other.

Most of my white mum friends have an autistic child. We check on each other, encourage each other and just know the right thing to say especially in this lock-down.

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