Escape the ‘white cage’ mindset and find a home

2011-02-05 08:52

As a product of the apartheid system, born in 1947, I wouldn’t have dared to claim that I was an African as recently as 2007. My wife and I first visited Soweto in July 2004, and have become a regular part of township and rural life since then.

In April 2009, I realised for the first time just how different the “white mindset” is – it is a programmed mindset, one that sees the world through the “white superiority over black” mindset.

The minds in this “white cage” are also not limited to white people, many other groups have been subsumed by it, but very few other groups have attempted to integrate into the “black cage”, the cage that defines the African heritage.

The white mind was programmed to avoid seeing that black people were human; we blocked out any comprehension of what may have been published in the media.

Then, in 1994, our magical new democracy, and we are told “we are all equal”, we are told to forget apartheid and get on with our lives.

The result is that our programmed white minds were never asked to heal, we were never asked to open our minds to what Africa and South Africa was all about.

Fortunately, incidents took place over the past six years that have created a healing process for our white minds.

We are starting to see that a “white brother” can find a home in Africa, not through birth, but through a change of mindset.

Today we look at everything through eyes firmly positioned in the “black cage”, and it is frightening. We see and feel the deterioration of the perceived integration.

South Africa urgently requires the healing of the “white mindset” if our Rainbow Nation is to survive.

To my white brothers, you can find a home in Africa, it is in your hands, and it is not a birthright.

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