Jack Parow’s in love with a changing country

2014-02-09 14:00

SA is moving towards true nonracialism, writes Jack Parow

For me, apartheid is a strange thing. I was too young to be a part of it and too old not to be. My parents were never part of it and I never even really knew about it or felt any effects of it.

I grew up with friends of all races. The “non-white” cafe, anyway, had the best arcade games, so that is where I hung out and didn’t even know what “non-white” meant. I thought it was the name of the shop. Anyway, enough of that.

I think South Africa is moving in leaps and bounds towards true ­nonracialism, if that is the right terminology. But unfortunately there will always be those who either keep thinking that apartheid is a better way and those who keep blaming everything on apartheid.

Believe me, I know that apartheid is to blame for many things, but continuously blaming it keeps it alive and thus change takes more time. If the people in power use it as some sort of chess piece to win battles, our country will never heal.

With the death of our beloved Madiba, it is now more important than ever to follow in his footsteps and forgive and forget, and make our country into the place it is meant to be.

I have been lucky enough to see many places all over the world, thanks to my music, which was given to me by the people of this country and was inspired by growing up in this country. Even though I enjoy seeing the world, there is no place like South Africa.

If I’m away for more than a week, I just want to come back. I am not just saying that. It is absolutely true.

There is no other place in the world like South Africa and no other people like South Africans.

Parow, whose real name is Zander Tyler, is a rapper from the Cape who took his namesake from his suburb

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