PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Daai Een
 
Comments: 62
Article views: 1608
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Daai Een's badges.
 

To the DA supporters and THEIR future

31 January 2014, 13:58
Dear DA supporters,
I've read a lot of articles and blog entries about Agang's Ramphele finally and not surprisingly joining ranks with the DA, and all your unsurprising 'non-racial' reactions to this event. I've been meaning to respond to comments individually, but since they are all so monotonous, I decided to write you a letter instead.

Seriously people, is there only one person voting for the DA with multiple fake profiles on the web, or is there a DA clipboard online where you can cut and paste your comments from? What you need to start understanding, dear DA groupies, is that there is more than one opinion in South Africa. As individuals we are all allowed to think differently and be proud of it. We are entitled to add layers to a debate, even if it makes you uncomfortable. Our opinions are shaped based on our experiences, be it cultural, racial (yes we have a racial past, it's a factor!), circumstantial or geographical.


But let's talk about culture and race (and racial experiences). Being a multicultural society predominantly grouped within racial lines,  isn't professing colour blindness a very blatant denial of other people's cultures and individual experiences? Because to me, the way most of you talk about both 'colour blindness' and 'the rainbow nation' is a paradox. Why all these whiney comments about focussing on our similarities and ignoring the rest? A rainbow is not only blue, people, a rainbow is diverse! Flamboyantly so! Please tell me what's wrong with embracing our diversity? Why, in your opinion, should we ignore race?

Having voted for the DA in the past, I guess I understand some of the psychology behind this. See, in South Africa, there is a dark side to the rainbow. Literally. Whereas race can be positive if dividing us horizontally, it is currently dividing us vertically. Standing out like a sore eye is inequality in our country, of which the bottom margin is overwhelmingly non-white. Admitting to this would mean admitting that our society is racist. Admitting that you're not at the bottom of this racial abyss would mean admitting that you might also be somewhat racist. Rainbow-ish at the top might be enough to console a DA supporter that his/her colour blindness is justified,  but unfortunately this attitude is not doing South Africans still trying to shake off the shackles created by Apartheid any favours.

Back in the day when I was still proud to support the DA, there was this campaign poster of a mixed race couple and the slogan: 'In OUR future, you wouldn't look twice'. I used to love this campaign, because I interpreted it as admitting that racial inequality and bias is something that still exists, and something we need to work at. Only now when googeling to find the exact quote did I realise that  'OUR' is capitalised instead of 'future'. That sort of changes the meaning, and I truly regret not seeing it earlier for the political opportunism that it really was.  Because that is the ultimate thing lacking in the DA's collective psyche: 'A willingness to WORK towards a FUTURE where races compliment instead of dominate each other. See DA supporters, even in such a society, race will still exits. It will not eliminate people's racialised pasts, cultures and how it shaped who they have become. Difference is, in this FUTURE people will not  JUDGE or be JUDGED by race.

What I find most astounding about many of your members' race denialism, is how they end up verbally abusing people that differ from them, without even noticing. Especially black people pointing out how opportunistic the Zille-Ramphele thing is. Be honest. The DA is regarded by a significant amount of potential voters as a 'white' party. For practically a year your leader has been begging a black woman to join your party. She's even offered to step down should this woman accept. Now with Ramphele finally joining the DA, and being the presidential candidate, you're telling me that the DA doesn't see race? Prominent non-white members in your party are ALSO talking about race, haven't you noticed?

I can't say I care enough about either Ramphele or Zille to comment about the significance this (opportunistic, racialised move) holds for the DA's future, but I do feel it is time that you, the supporters of our official opposition are being called to do some introspection regarding your non-racial views. The DA could get 20% of the vote, meaning 1 million of you. That's 1 million people (non-whites included) telling non-white people to stop thinking along racial lines.

Well, get REAL! Race matters. People talk about it and they WANT to! Many are being held back as a result of their race.Many abuse the power that comes with their race. Many distrust or fear their past oppressors based on their race.  Many can spot tokenism and insincerity. Most people look in the mirror thinking, 'I'm black', 'I'm white', 'I'm Indian'! Some are proud of it. That doesn't make you racist. Denying that it exists makes you a racial oppressor though. You want to continue oppressing others in YOUR future?

Best regards,
An ex-supporter 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
62 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Journalists in the firing line

Western media has abandoned the integrity that journalists once stood for. Western media is no longer based on truthful , accurate, honest and fair reporting.  Read more...

12 comments 335 views
Submitted by
Lisa MacDonald
Why women cheat

Males and females are wired differently. After all, didn’t we learn 20 plus years ago that men are from Mars and women are from Venus? Read more...

37 comments 6288 views
Let's talk about xenophobia

As a concern SA citizen, one day I sat down and thought of how we treating foreigners in our country. Read more...

16 comments 346 views
Submitted by
Arthur Harding
Crime is not going away

I hate to break it to you but no matter how many times we agree on the matter it’s not going to change a damn thing. Read more...

16 comments 396 views
Submitted by
Sarah Firmin
I want a pet hippopotamus

Just the idea of having a pet hippo fills me with emotions from my distant home. Read more...

14 comments 395 views
Submitted by
Warren Holman
Open letter to Mr Zuma Part two

Mr President, I have not received and answer regarding the first part of my letter..... maybe you don't read News 24, or your data bundle on your 3G card is used up. Read more...

6 comments 1090 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.