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Racial exclusion, where do we draw the line?

27 May 2014, 08:16
Working on a skills fund programme that I will be launching soon, while conducting research, I came to realize just how much racial exclusion exists out there. I couldn’t help but feel a bit uncomfortable thinking about how boldly the racial lines are drawn nowadays. It’s sickening considering that just a few weeks ago, we were celebrating 20 years of freedom and welcoming the “born frees” into adulthood. 
This is where it gets really disturbing. The various programmes and funds that are in existence out there, specially the skills development funds, are designed for the youth and today, the “born frees” constitute a significant number of that group. What is the point of us naming that group of people the “born frees” and still subject them to racial exclusion? Are we not propagating a message that one racial group is weaker than the other and therefore requires to be spoon-fed for longer? What will happen to the children of the so-called “born frees”?
Yes, I know. I will probably not get business ever again from those that a pro-exclusions, but I can’t stand this heat in my chest.
You see, I learnt a lot from various races and have come to realize that not everyone is the same. It’s not everyone that “dislikes” the other racial groups. There are people out there that are completely appalled by these racial lines and “tick boxes” that one comes across everywhere, which continue to remind us of the past.
I am a regular on this platform and have on several occasions mentioned that I am self-taught. I contribute on this platform with confidence, and I’m not intimidated by any other group whatsoever. I know exactly where I stand in society.
The topic of race really gets to me, but I never thought I would one day write publicly about it. I have learnt a lot from various racial groups (even this statement sickens me but I am just trying to make a point) and today I can stand here and ask:What is the timeline in terms of erasing the racial lines? Without this, we are simply walking in the dark.Why are the “born frees” being subjected to these exclusions?Is it our plan to ensure that they continue to see each other as different beings?………?I don’t have the answers to these questions, but knowing that the policy makers are humans like anyone of us, I think it’s fit to ask these questions.
We can learn so much from each other. I have and today, I can comfortably apply that which I have learnt anywhere in my life.
I don’t want my child to grow up in a country where different racial groups can barely tolerate one another. To you feeling the urge to tell me that there’s racism everywhere in the world, don’t bother. I know that. I also know that because it does exist elsewhere in the world, it is acceptable. It’s not and someone needs to do something about it.
All I need to know is, when will it all stop because it’s the one thing that stops some people from trying harder in life.
Anyway! That’s just how I feel!

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