What has happened to us? We are on the cusp of our 6th democratic elections, survived 20 years post-Apartheid in what is increasingly considered, and voted, to be one of the most beautiful countries to visit (because of the people…yes that’s you and me… our diverse cultures and our beautiful scenery), have some of the most incredible people that fellow South Africans and the world look up to, we celebrate, TOGETHER, national milestones like Rugby World Cups, hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we have mourned the death of our beloved Madiba BUT also celebrated his remarkable life and legacy that he has left for us to nurture, and yet I still sit here reading the News24 forums, follow social media conversations and listen to the way we talk to one another, and am horrified and scared of what we are becoming. When did we become a people that harboured resentment and hatred for one another? I don’t think I’ve ever known whites and blacks to hate one another the way they do today.
Black, white, coloured, purple, pink or neon, I don’t care what you look like (and neither should you), we are all South Africans and we should be proud of who we are. We should all be standing up to the Jacob Boomas of our country, the very people who are digging a hole for the people we should be fighting for, standing up for and helping. This is not a plea to not vote for the ANC, the ANC is part of who we are today and nobody living in South Africa can deny that (if you do, well then you’re a moron), rather, this is a plea to stop hating one another. I’m just so sick and tired of the “whites this” and the “blacks are like that”, stop generalising, you look like naïve, bitter, ignorant and uneducated people. Actually, come to think of it, we have our education system to thank for that, I’d say take it up with Tannie Angie but she’s just too busy attending the Oscar Pistorius trial to care about your education.
If you are able to read, write and make an informed opinion, you should be educating those who cannot make an informed decision, change their perspective, change your perspective for goodness sake, and look through someone else’s eyes for a change. Have a bit of sympathy for what people have experienced, but don’t hate them for that. Don’t hate them because they’re different. We should be holding one another accountable for what our government is unable to do; not turning on one another, pointing the finger and blaming the other person for wrongs that 99.9% of the time had absolutely nothing to do with them?
Newsflash, not every black person is a criminal. Not all black people sleep around. Not all black people are dumb. Black people do not breed. And the same can be said about whites. Not all white people look back at Apartheid and wish that we could go back to those days. Not all white people hate black people. Not all white people stole land way back when. Not all white people hate the ANC.
Newsflash, we’re all in the same boat. We are all living in the same country with the same human rights.
Who cares that you vote for the ANC, DA or EFF, this is not about who I’m voting for and whose manifesto you believe in, it’s your responsibility to say no to whomever is making the mistakes and instead of screaming “black and white” drivle, we should be screaming at the government about no textbooks, inadequate healthcare for the poor, an abhorrent education system and Eishkom’s ridiculous excuses for loadshedding and high salaries, before we dedicate our lives to hating one another. If we don’t, the phat cats and their fancy big 1millionZAR Mercedes Benz will just keep on turning their wheels of fortune, and we’ll continue to hate one another. That sounds pretty unfair to me, don’t you think?
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go read the forums on News24, jump on to Twitter and just take it all in. We can be really disgusting to one another. And please don’t respond to me saying that it’s the nature of forums or freedom of speech, we should not condone hatred and disrespect of one another, if not because we owe it to one another to be civil, then because we’ve seen what hatred can do to a country and don’t need to experience that again. I don’t know about you but I’m bored of talking about blacks and whites, what about the solutions for everyone? When will we stop blaming our history and start questioning our current government who are currently, and consistently, letting down South Africans?
It’s going to take blacks and whites together to find the solutions. We’re not going to have a future if we continue on this path. For want of not sounding clichéd, we only get one Madiba, and we won’t see the likes of him ever again, so best we take his legacy with both hands and nurture the very gift he gave us, our future. The sooner we realise that, the sooner we may find ourselves the better solution.