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It doesn't matter if you're black or white

06 February 2014, 11:57

Michael Jackson said it best with ” It Don't Matter If You're Black Or White”  and as someone who ended up being both,  you would think he had a valid point.

Yet, 20 years into the new South Africa, we have this enormous emphasis on racial classification.  Why is this still important in SA? If you need find a job, get into a tertiary institution or even applying for a grants and a tender your chances for success will be determined by your race. It doesn’t matter how many E’s you put behind BEE it is still a racist, like during apartheid, a distinction between people based on the color of their skin.

There are just a few ethnic groups you can pick from, based on your own knowledge and the classification enforced on your parents in an Apartheid era. Let’s face it, the system was flawed from the get go, with siblings having different racial classifications assigned to them. Today we just continue practicing these unfortunate mistakes of the past.

The term Coloured is a very broad term, while in most countries this is widely accepted to be a racist term. White people are offended because they don’t have any colour, and spend hours on beaches trying to prove otherwise. Black is not considered a colour and appears black, and then spend thousands on whitening creams and stay out of the sun, to appear more coloured. Infact, we are all trying to find a middle ground were we feel accepted and not just forced into a category by a racist ideology . So the question remains, why are we still classified by race?

Seriously ,we should all just tick the ”other race” box, till they do away with this unconstitutional classification. I happen to appear white but with a mongrel  ancestry and a bit of French blood running through my veins and the fact that my grandparents came from a predominately Griqua area, could just be me saving grace . Shall we all start looking for a tinge of colour in our DNA, adopt an African baby and start a BEE company? Is this what we are left with?

 I can go on for days about how unconstitutional BEE is but will just leave you with the thoughts.

A Zimbawean that has been granted citizenship in SA, long after apartheid, has a better future than any Coloured, Asian, Indian or White person

An European, immigrating to South Africa, will be discriminated against, purely on the colour of their skin.

I really pity people that just don’t fit in any one specific category.  Does a black and  white couple really create a little coloured baby? The thought is truly ridiculous. You can’t become a member of a cultural group by default or can you? My friend is so confused that when he is speaking to his black friends, he will mention his Xhosa father and when in the Cape mention his Cape Malay mother.

So how do we deal with people in SA that do not fir in any one specific category. I mean, we have Asians, which in large is everybody from Asia . Asia consist of thousands of different ethnic groups. Even Indians are from Asia. I can go on and on showing how ridiculously flawed this system is.

With interracial relationships becoming the hippest thing since sliced bread, we are in for a rude awakening. Millions of children not fitting into any specific category will feel victimized and left out. This in a country, we wish we could call a rainbow nation.

Racism will be the destruction of our country. We have seen what has done in the past and we will live to see how it destroys our future. It is time that we rebuild the rainbow nation. We should be dancing in the streets protesting these outdated policies and overthrow a government with racist tendencies. This is not a white-thing or black-thing; we are talking about humanity and dignity.

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