Kick-Ass Chick Of The Week: British Slam Poet Combats Xenophobia With Some Cutting Words

Among the mighty feats that MTV’s Girl Code” accomplishes is empowering its viewers to laugh off their insecurities and embrace their inner superstar. There’s a kick-ass chick in all of us, so each week, we’re shining the spotlight on one newsworthy woman who deserves a standing ovation. And some cake. Cake is good. Take a look at our latest pick!

Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish breaks down immigration reform with rhymes.

A life as a public representative isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean those who exist outside of government offices don’t have a stake in policy, too. British slam poet Hollie McNish, who won the 2009 United Kingdom Slam Championships, is an artist who’s especially invested in politics, and a two-minute poem she drafted is proof that the pen is, indeed, mightier than the sword.

Addressing the racism and xenophobia she sees in her native Britain, Hollie’s poem, “Mathematics,” fights against the notion that immigrants are implicitly guilty of stealing jobs, houses or other resources away from the population.

“Man, I am sick of crappy mathematics, ‘cuz I love a bit of sums. I spent three years into economics and I geek out over calculus. And when I meet these paper claims that one of every new that came takes away one’s daily wage, I desperately want to scream, ‘Your maths is stuck in primary,’” Hollie rhymes.

While the immigration debate continues to rage in countries across the world, we think that there are plenty of folks who could learn a few things from Hollie’s easily digested argument. We all came from somewhere, and, not surprisingly, being a racist jerk doesn’t have any measurable effect on the unemployment rate.

“Some who come here also spend, and some who come here also lend, and some who come here also tend to set up work that employs them, and all your balance sheets and trends work with numbers, not with men,” she spits.

Preach, girl.

Check out Hollie’s “Mathematics” below!

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