This something which I tend to reiterate a lot in my blog posts, because I think that there is a lot of issues that the black community need to work together to combat. Recently, I read a very controversial John Barnes article and it really got me thinking. He said, “We hear a lot of ‘black players should’, or ‘black people should.’ Are we all sheep who should act a particular way because we are all the same and aren’t individual people? Would we ever say ‘white people should’? No, because we individualise white culture. French, Spanish, German, English are accepted as being so different from each other. But we are just ‘black people’. African society and culture varies much more than European society but it’s just considered ‘Africa’ as if they are all the same.” This really struck me. Black culture should be individualised, we aren’t all the same and not everything I write about applies to the whole of the black community. But I think the point that Barnes failed to recognise, is that the black community, all of the black community, unlike white culture, currently exists in a stunted position. The black community, both African and West-Indian, is behind and I think that it therefore becomes difficult to expect the community to individualise, when we already have such internal conflict. We can’t be individualised, until we are recognised as a whole. We need to work together to progress and to exceed boundaries, before working in an individual manner. We need to understand and respect our culture, before expecting others to. Change is not brought by everybody’s unaligned and sole workings, we need to get on the same page and we need to do better.