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Poem: I don’t see race

I don't see race, but I feel it Crawling down my skin As the glance declares I'm sin I don't see race, but I fear it Coming for me in the middle of the night Armed with the sharp unforgiving Edges of the questions aimed at me Asking how I managed to keep my Head buried in the sand for so long While those on the surface Were the ones suffocating for lack of [...]

By |2020-11-17T10:25:41+02:00Nov 17th, 2020|poems and other creativity, race vibes|0 Comments

A Guide to Help you Understand the Internet

What i've discovered this week [again!] is that i do not understand the internet.  3 months ago, i started filming short videos for a series titled 'Race with me' in which i address the question that many white people - specifically in South Africa - are asking, once they have realised race is an issue that needs to be engaged with and say, "But what can I do?" This series of videos was actually [...]

By |2020-10-21T09:13:38+02:00Oct 21st, 2020|40 Tips, race vibes, Race with Me, the great online|0 Comments

Ten starters for white people asking, ‘But what can I do?’

Lockdown seems to have been a good time for many white people who have recognised that they have work to do in terms of personal anti-racism.  There have been a lot of conversations online as well as Zoom call conversations and a whole host of webinars and more, especially in the wake of the George Floyd murder, which grabbed a lot of people's attention around the world. And i have been making videos. Short [...]

By |2020-10-01T11:07:20+02:00Oct 1st, 2020|race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa|0 Comments

Poem: Assumptions

A black man and a white man Step into a room together And ever so carefully Peel off their skin Folding it neatly Over the back of a chair Before taking a seat Directly across the table from one other Staring deeply into the other's soul A blood sample is taken from both men Two vials of the deepest red Placed on the table in front of them Followed shortly by a set of [...]

But what can I do about race? [Ideas 1-5]

"But what can I do?" asked the white person. Who had just about gotten to the point of realisation that things were not white right in the world with regards to race and that something needed to be done. Which is where a lot of white people tend to stall out. "Yes, i get that there's a problem, but tell me what can I do?" as if with any other problem they faced they [...]

The last time i got it wrong

It feels important to talk about the last time i got it wrong. And to be honest, this is very likely not even the last time, but it is a recent time that i am most aware of. Panel of Whiteness A couple of weeks ago, 2 August to be exact, so almost 3 weeks, i was invited to speak on a panel for the Global Business Round Table on a topic related to [...]

The Good Old Days [But for who?]

There are some times in life when a clever-sounding statement can be deeply interrogated simply by asking the question, "But for who?" Statement: Make America Great Again! Assumption: America was great before. Question: But for who? Was it great for black people during slavery? Was it great for African-Americans during the Jim Crow laws and lynchings? Was it great for refugees under the present and recent governments when they were locked up in cages [...]

Blogger’s Block Part III: White guilt and other things that are thrown.

Is white guilt a thing and should we have more of it? The third part of my Blogger's Block series prompt came courtesy of a Twitterer friend, Keri Stroebel who asked this: Why do so many white people attack other white people who are trying to be anti-racist? Why use the terms "white saviour", or accuse you having "white guilt" or even straight up call you a traitor to your race? i invited her [...]

Poems on an anniversary [not anniversary poems]

Val and i just celebrated our 11th year anniversary with a few days away in Citrusdal. i went with great intention of spending some time getting back into poetry. Armed with my pend and my journal. Sadly, the two pens i picked were not quite equal to the intention and i managed to barely scratch out these two short ones before they both gave up the ghost. D - droplets lie in wait [...]

By |2020-07-15T18:45:01+02:00Jul 15th, 2020|poems and other creativity, race vibes|0 Comments

Race with Me: Some ideas in response to white people’s “But what can I do?”

i would like to invite you to Race with Me. i am on a journey of anti-racism which begins in the mirror. Working on myself, checking for blind spots, looking to make sure that i am doing better at this than i was doing yesterday. Before moving on to my  community and the systems and structures around me and seeing what differences can be made there. It always begins with me. i have not [...]

By |2020-07-16T10:14:28+02:00Jun 29th, 2020|race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa|0 Comments
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