Racism is usually defined as views, practices and actions reflecting the belief that humanity is divided into distinct biological groups called races and that members of a certain race share certain attributes which make that group as a whole less desirable, more desirable, inferior, or superior.
That would be the explanation of racism. The question is; why would we still have racism today if we live in a modern society? For the racists out there, now is the time to come clean. Now is the time to have your say. Don’t be hateful, but say why you feel the way you do based on facts.
Let’s paint a picture why don’t we.
The year is 2011 and we are at a playground at a crèche in Johannesburg. There are a few kids playing in the sand pit and they are about 4 years old. Sipho and Frikkie are playing together with their toys and oblivious about such things as politics, racism and the every-day struggling of “freedom.” These boys can’t wait to hang out with each other because they get to play with their cars in the sand together. Is there racism in this scene? Of course not
So when do they become aware of such things as racism?
When Mommy or Daddy say things like:
“Frikkie, nee sies man. Moenie met daai klein kaffertjie speel nie” OR “Sipho, I don’t want you playing with that white mlungu.” It could be an aunty, uncle, older person… Simply put, it must come from somewhere…
Yes, I know it sounds very harsh, but I'm afraid that is exactly how it is. Where else would youngsters learn about racism if they were not born in Apartheid? It can only be from the older generation…
So how do we stop racism?
Simple… Just simply let our kids forget about it. Why should our kids suffer because we can’t let go of our petty beliefs. It’s like a nightmare and the best way to get over it is to forget about it and think of something better. Sure, Apartheid happened and I agree that it was wrong. It will always be part of our history. But the best way forward it to create a better culture for our kids so they are not reminded of a terrible past.
I'm not saying we should forget the past either, but instead of our past instilling hatred we should rather look at it as a humanitarian lesson we should never make again.
So if you are 35 years old and younger, here’s a good thing to do. If you hear someone about to make a racist remark or say something in that line, your response should be… “Keep it to yourself; I really don’t need to hear it!”
If the older generation still want to be sour towards each other, let them be on their own. We younger folks want to get on with things and build a better country and a better future for everyone…
I don’t see colour… I see South Africans!
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