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‘Eish – my BMW she is gone’

 

This is how so many non-black people chose to represent the spoken words of black South Africans. Many think it is very funny to talk in broken English in this way as a way to mock black people but still claim not to be racist.

 

‘But it’s how they sound’, is the defence given to show that there is no racism in the mockery.

 

I am not even going to examine the reacism of that statement at all but rather look at how arrogant English speaking people are, even Afrikaans ones. White people in this country speak English – or can. That’s a fact.

 

I think we as whities are fucking lucky that there are so many languages spoken by the black people in this country. Were this land like many other African countries with one or two predominant indigenous languages we would be fucked. How stupid would we look if we were forced to speak in public in a language we were never properly tutored in? Many of the black adults in this country did not go to schools where they had the luxury of a good education. Many learnt to speak English from poor English-speaking teachers. Many inherited accents which differ from ours, as whites.

That does not make these people stupid.

 

If I were forced to communicate in public in isiZulu I would be locked up as a drooling idiot. I cannot even get a simply c, x or q right and I am sure I insult or propose to every person I greet because my pronunciation is so appalling.

 

I would have no chance at being taken seriously if I were forced to speak in a language not my home language

 

So can we just stop with our obsession with how people, particularly politicians, say things and start focussing on what they say!

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Africa’s worst enemy

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I may be white but I consider myself African

I think the people who leave must fuck off – it’s our duty as Africans to rebuild this nation of ours

We reaped while it was ‘good’ (for us) and now we must be part of the hard work to make it good for everyone

I get angry when I am called European – I am African

But sometimes I think Africa is fucked

And it is fucked by Africans.

I have been involved in some work for a few neighbouring countries – and the crap that teachers want included in text books is terrifying. Misinformation, anti-African bias and just plain nonsense – and this is what the teachers think the kids deserve to know. What chance does a kid at school have of ever getting a job when the teacher teaches that if you are bewitched you will never get a job! I am not knocking traditional beliefs, but cummon – give the kid some hope, some skills, even some idea of how to behave in an interview. Don’t just teach (in a text book) that if you are bewitched you are fucked so don’t even try!

Seriously, that was in a book I had (obviously) to rewrite.

Then some research I helped collate showed that teachers in the Eastern Cape think it is pointless trying to teach the kids to read and write because they are not going to get jobs anyway. Now I do know that unemployment in the EC is frighteningly high, but again, let’s at least equip the kids with a chance. And this attitude from an educated person from the area who is employed!

Or maybe they are employed not because of their education but because they are not bewitched!

And what’s with Ubuntu se arse! Ubuntu but only if I like you or you come from the same piece of land I do or we speak the same language. No ubuntu if you are trying to make a living in South Africa after escaping war in your own land, perhaps even a land which housed our exiled ‘terrorists’ when they were escaping our war. No Unbuntu even if you have been here 45 years but were born on foreign soil.

And its not all about black people for you racists out there. White South Africans loved this land when we could have three maids and a garden ‘boy’, but now that some work is required, millions have packed their bags and hauled out ancestoral passports and fucked off. They do not deserve to be called African – ever again! The runners have taken their skills and their children, the future of this country, away. They do not deseve to be allowed back.

Africans are Africa’s own worst enemies.

When will we stop fucking our own people up and actually start making this continent into what it could be?

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I am sure it was Pieter Dirk Uys who said that every day he admits that he is a racist, and then spend the day trying not to be

If it wasn’t him, it could’ve been

 

In this shiny new South Africa of ours many of us try very hard not to behave in a racist fashion. All of us, all colours and cultures, grew up with a sense of our separateness because of race. For us oldies, we grew up in different areas, went to different schools and were taught not to trust each other.

 

We all were, not just the whites.

 

 

So how do we think that in 15 short years all of that prejudice will have vanished? What hopefully naivety is that? All we can do is try. And recognise that others are trying too.

 

And I try. I do. I have friends who are not white and I have friends from different cultures. When watching someone eat with their hands in public I try to remember it’s a cultural thing and my way is not right, it’s just my way. When my space is invaded in the post office queue I try to remember that a personal space bubble is a luxury of middle class, of having my own bedroom as a child, of growing up being driven around in a car and not a packed taxi.

 

I do try.

 

But when that taxi driver cuts in front of me in the rain and then just looks at me, mean little racist words and phrases leap to mind, unbidden. At best I think ‘those people!!!!’, and at worst, much worse words and thoughts.

 

That I ever think ‘those people’ means I consider myself separate from them because of my race. And let’s be honest, I think at least that ‘my people’ are better drivers! That’s racist!

 

When I see a hot white woman with a black man I wonder why. I do, I am sorry, but I do! I don’t have a problem with it but for just a second I wonder why. The word ‘why’ is just there, in my head, before I can bat it away and think ‘because they like each other’. But it is there. And that’s racist.

 

I see a black man playing with his child in a park and I think ‘wow.’ I have this horrible idea that black men impregnate and vanish.  I know too many black single mom’s not to think this. This is sexist, I know. And it’s racist.

 

 

And it is very hard to admit these things cos I don’t want to think them or feel them. And cognitively I don’t; I really don’t think I am better than anyone else cos of my colour, race or culture. I do not lump people into categories based on their skin colour; I think there are both nice people and shits in every group everywhere.

 

But my knee-jerk reactions often let my higher being down

 

I am not proud of these thoughts.

I try very hard not to allow them to exist

 

But I am a racist

And every day I work hard at not being one.