The concept of human rights
From my understanding everybody has the right to have a safe, clean, dry and affordable home.
Well, naivety is not a gift in the UK.
Indeed, what was I thinking when I confidently assumed that it is a human right to expect a minimum of decency when it comes to housing in the UK. At first, I felt sad by the realisation that I was wrong, then I was depressed because it means that I will have to deal with uncaring and forceful landlords who are only looking to benefit from their “investments”.
I then became angry, very angry!!! I even prayed upon Shehulk to give me the strength to stay calm.
This is not new and this will not change any time soon!!!
The search for the truth
As a BAME, I have less chances to access the property market as a buyer. Not to my surprise BAME’s do not have the finance to buy their own home because ““People continue to hire in their likeness – they recruit from the same small pool of candidates who went to the same small pool of universities and have the same background.” This means that ” Of 100,000 employees, 10% identify as Asian and only 1% as black” (Osborne, 2020)
This has huge consequences for the black community. English Housing Survey 2017 to 2018 found that Black African (20%) and Arab (17%) ethnic groups had the lowest rates of home ownership in comparison almost three-quarters of Indian households were homeowners, as were 68% of white British households. (Osborne, 2020)
“Otegha Uwagba is a writer and the founder of
Women Who says “Why aren’t we doing the same thing with mandatory disclosures around the ethnicity pay gap as we have around the gender pay gap? Racism is a really ugly part of British history that people just don’t want to face up to.” (Osborne, 2020)
For the white couple who think that they are doing a good deed to their “precious” daughter I will say that your money does not give you the right to put my child and I at higher risk to get infected by the covid-19 or to throw us on the street like garbage. You can buy another EMPTY property so that you will not force a family to face homelessness during a pandemic that is not even over yet, during a summer holiday!!!
Osborne, H. (2020). Financial inequality: the ethnicity gap in pay, wealth and property. The Guardian. [online] 20 Jun. Available at: