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When will Racism end?

11 September 2012, 08:33

"No matter how famous/rich u r, ur still a 2nd class citizen if ur Black in Cape Town," Twitters Lindiwe Suttle, a singer to Helen Zille, the white leader of the party that governs this city. Yes as much as we would like to believe that racism is a thing of the past, it's sad to note that its still ripe and scarier than before. Yes we can still say its a White against black racism but in many areas, its the black that has a huge challenge when it comes to racism.

It is as though we cannot move forward because we still believe that white people should suffer as we did during apartheid which is a very wrong approach. Yes that era was a trying time for Black people in South Africa but what good are we making at imposing the same doctrines and manner in which we were treated then now? Do we move forward or we are stagnant because of the hurt and the hate we feel? We as a nation need to try to get past the past, for a better future, a better South Africa, don't we need to move on? We now have the same opportunities and educational understanding which were not there before. should we not use these to form a strong, new and a better South Africa?

We pride ourselves as a rainbow nation, but on the ground, we are still in that era of oppression, we claim democracy but that democracy still views one race to be above another.

What is even worse now is the black on black discrimination? It is an issue of where you come from (within the Country), who you know that determines whether you get the job or scholarship that you need? When will it all end? When will we learn that a nation based on such principles is doomed?

We impose whatever we thought of back in the day to the future leaders, and we expect them to be better people, to build a better South Africa? when will we change the views  that we had? The 21st century generation never experienced apartheid but their hatred is as alive as it was back then. They read about the issues and there is nothing wrong with that. it is what we tell them in our homes that cultivates the hatred more. what we experienced is a part of a history, but should that be a legacy that we leave our children with?

it is painful to have to watch or listen to children fighting in the streets because "My grandfather told me that Boers will always oppress us and we will never be free" or that "I don't want to be friends with you because my dad said you are a racist". Such remarks destroy a nation that should be free, a nation that has a past but is determined to live for the future.

I weep for South Africa



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