How often do we judge people and treat them like this? Is this how it should be? Are we not suppose to be fair and give them the benefit of the doubt? How long should this inhuman and barbaric practice going to continue? Is there hope that one day it will find a fig tree and rest under its shadow? Are all black people coming from one pot so we could treat them the same? Or are all white or chines coming from the same pot so we could claim that they are all acclimatised to kung fu or racism? Are we absolutely sure that this is how this life should be? No, I am not so sure. The problem is we have been decided only to live once and never come back to have a second chance to live differently to how we live now. So because of this living only once, I think when you get an opportunity in this lifetime to have a second look at a thing, I would advise you to go for it.
We are not going to run away from our past and talking about it is not about digging old wounds. The truth of the matter is, no new building could stand strong from an old foundation. Remember that wise saying, “you cannot build bigger than the foundation”. And I suppose that for us to build a new South Africa we should first deal with the foundation. Let’s face it forks, we are still trouble by the problem of perception or should we say mind set? The “colour thing” is the main problem in our country. And due to this it becomes so difficult to minister to each other. Why is it like this, that regardless of how a person could appear, as soon as we realise that he/she is black or white we turn to treat him or her the way that particular ethnic group of people have been understood in the past?
For sure I don’t think I qualify to be a criminal and I am not in a million years studying to be. However, if it happens that I knock in someone house, as innocent as I look, the owner will quickly identify me as a criminal because I am of my colour, so to speak. And the worse part of it, he won’t even give you a second of his time to hear what you may perhaps be looking for. At the other hand, if me, black person for an example were to meet a white person, the first thing in my mind is to think the old thought that will arrive in the conclusion that this person is a racist. Ok, granted, black people are known as criminals and beggars, but now the question is, are they all criminals and beggars? White people are known as racist, but are we sure that they are all racist? Don’t you think we need to take a second look at all people and give them an opportunity to be who they are instead of making them something they are not?
I know you may not be a great believer in the Bible, and to be quite honest with you, me either, I am not a great believer but just a believer. However the Bible say we need to live peaceful with one another. Beside the Bible, our own celebrated constitution advocates this too. But how possible will this be when we keep on thinking the worse of each other? You hear a report of house breaking, in your mind you quickly think its black people. You hear of an employer who fired 5 of his or her employees, you think its whiter people. Let us be honest, the past have somehow taught us that there are certain crime/things that could only be committed by certain people of certain colour. And it is this past mentality that is standing on our way of unity. Regardless of how other black people may’ve treated you in the past, please don’t think of the “now” black people in the same way you thought of the “then” black people. The same applies to the white people; we cannot afford to cover all white people with the same plastic bag of racism as the “then” white people. There is a call to minister to one another without thinking of the worse of each other. Do you remember that little boy you chased the other day when he was knocking at your house? No, he was not criminal but a hungry boy looking for rotten bread to eat. Don’t you think its time to take a second look at those you think the worse of them? You maybe surprise that if you take a second look, you may get something absolutely beautiful out of them. Our perception must not stand on our way of accepting people the way they are. Let us be realistic and remember that one chine does not represent all chines in the world.
Let the spirit of Ubuntu unit us all regardless of our color and ethnic
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