No use denying our skin colour

2016-07-13 06:00

SOUTH AFRICANS, let’s stop fooling ourselves. When I say people of South Africa, I mean blacks, whites, coloureds and Indians.

We often hear people saying “I don’t see colour,” and “I am not a racist.” The fact is – we all see colour, whether one is black, white or brown!

If we didn’t see colour, how do we know which language to use when we approach a person from another racial group? Why don’t white people greet each other in Sotho and why don’t black people greet each other in Afrikaans?

We all see colour and it depends on the individual whether he or she is racist or not.

My biggest concern in this country is that we often see black people use the language of the previously advantaged when they greet them in order to make themselves feel welcome or afford an opportunity to have a conversation. My question is: Why do you have to do that if you don’t see colour? Or is it because of a lack of self-worth? The same is done by whites.

Please, let’s be frank and stop fooling ourselves. We all see colour, but that does not mean we are being racist. It all depends on the individual. If you refuse to see people for what they are, it means you are denying this country’s history and how it has affected some more than others.

The fact remains we all see colour and we should all embrace that instead of trying to be politically correct.

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