I hate racism, I hate talking about racism but the worst thing about it is a lot of you don't realise that spewing the vile bigotry that comes out of your mouth is in fact making your plight worse!!
I am 26, black male, educated and employed. I rent an apartment, have two motorcycles and try to lead a normal life. Every night, I make sure all my doors are locked and my bikes secure. I have insurance but I still worry that the possessions (that I have worked hard for) will be taken from me, even worse I worry that in doing so some fool will find the need to take my life as well. I worry about my family (no kids or wife btw) and their safety, especially my younger brother. He's only 19, jolling just like I did and has that mentality of being invincible (which almost all of us had at that age). He has a lot more life to live (as I do too).
The reason I'm telling you this is because I am an average black citizen. Yes, I have been lucky in that I went to private schools and varsity but my hopes, dreams, fears and failures are the same almost every other black South African in this country.
I don't support the ANC, in fact neither does my 70+ year old Grandmother who lives in Orlando West, Soweto. She's seen it all from Verwoerd to Zuma and recognizes that what is going on now is wrong. The ANC have failed EVERY citizen of this country, whether you voted for them or not. They have not delivered and are now dumbing down our people in order to stay in power. They continue to play along the race lines in order to keep us apart, classic divide and conquer.
To get to my point, the worst thing is that we are playing directly into their hands when we continue with our attitudes of "blacks are criminals, lazy, expect everything to be given to them" or "whites are privileged, racists and always putting the black man down". It's clear from the comments here that although you're quite okay with Steve, Sipho, Rajesh or Elvin in the streets, behind closed doors you harbour such negative feelings that it can't be health for your hearts. With the crime we see everyday (affecting all races), we canlt afford to be distracted with hating each other. Black, White, Coloured, Indian and Asian South Africans suffer at the hand of criminals every day and I will openly admit that the majority of the criminals are blacks.
Racism toward our fellow countrymen will not bring about change, in fact just the opposite. Speaking for myself, I recognize that that the DA is the only option if we want change in 2014 but it weighs heavily on my heart to think of voting that way when I see the way people who advocate the DA (mostly white) view other citizens (mostly black). It has nothing to do with the white "madam" or their policies. But voting DA would be akin to a female employee agreeing to have drinks everyday after work with a boss who sexually harasses her at work. I don't want to call it sleeping with the enemy, it isn't that but what it is is an uncomfortable scenario of aligning myself with people who ultimately define my character by the colour of my skin. I know this isn't everyone, but I've seen it enough to know that it isn't a minority who feel this way. Voting COPE or IFP isn't enough, yes it takes a vote from the ANC and their 2/3 majority but it doesn't do is change the ruling party. Votes spread across all the other parties will not make any significant dent.
Trust me, the tides of change are coming, the only thing missing now is a united South Africa which will not accept substandard performance by those voted in to govern the country.I love the unity I see in the stand against E-tolls, a unified front has made it a very difficult proposition for our government and SANRAL (regardless of what the courts have to say). More importantly, I love this country, I honestly do love it's people...my only wish is that we could change and love each other.
I may be naive but that remains my hope, a unified rainbow nation...
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