It’s amazing how black people’s actions are always scrutinized. It’s almost like we cannot do anything right. At some level, that is why we cannot get out of this mental slavery of wanting to seek acceptance or approval from the “other’. I am so tired of having to justify my existence.
I have always respected Deborah Patta’s journalist endeavours but what she attempted last night was pathetic. Maybe she could have chosen a better angle for her message. I mean really now. I really do not understand what she was attempting to achieve. Different ethnic groups have had their own beauty secrets and regiments since the early ages. For pits-sake even queen Cleopatra had her own. For instance, white people (excuse the generalizations) like their hair extensions, to have that fuller look. They LOVE their, make-up (even in the gym), they tan, and a whole lot of other things. Blacks have theirs, they straighten their very difficult to maintain natural hair. They weave, they platt, and much more.
So why would you focus on one race with such enthusiasm as if what black people are doing by weaving their hair is taboo or strange. If you really wanted high rating, you could have used an angle that aimed to explore the phenomenon in a more intelligible way that could still get people talking but not leave the others feeling like shit!
I have to say again that I am extremely disappointed in you Deborah. At this stage when the nation is in desperate need of a positive discourse, you have just managed to take us back 18 years ago in one night. I really hope you are proud of yourself.
Please fellow South Africans I plead with you that even though we have a lot to complain about, so much to worry about, let us start speaking edifying and positive discourses. We really need this if this nation has to move forward. I am not naive and realise that there is a lot that is wrong with our society. But let us do the bit that we can and start speaking life into this dead nation. It is through our positive discourses that life will again envelop the nation of South Africa.
I beg of you..
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