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Race with me: A closer look at white privilege

The next in a series of Race videos with the hope of helping us understand concepts and labels that might be confusing. One of the biggest of these is "white privilege" and in this video, using three different story or analogy vibes i try to give a broader understanding as to what white privilege is all about with the bottom line definition being 'Unearned or undeserved privilege gained purely by virtue/accident of being white'. [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|race vibes, Race with Me|1 Comment

Race with Me: White Privilege – Intro

The second video in my Race with Me series takes a look at the big hairy mammoth-type creature in the room, namely "White Privilege" BUT BEFORE YOU RUN AWAY... take a moment to entertain the possibility that the idea of 'White Privilege' you are against may not be the same as the thing i am talking about: For more Race with Me videos, click here

By | May 12th, 2017|race vibes, Race with Me, things to wrestle with|1 Comment

Deaf White People

Sorry, that should read 'Dear White People', a super helpful, brilliantly made series on Netflix that i am busy watching, which does an excellent job of unpacking many of the race issues i try to write about here. From a range of perspectives. [Disclaimer: it is quite sexualised for people who don't particularly enjoy watching that but still sho so powerful] Or should it? Because yesterday i posted this request on my Facebook wall... Friends of [...]

Maybe the problem is that we didn’t start.

So the other day i posted my first Race with Me video of a series i plan to run on the topic of the white people question, "When can we stop saying sorry?" and "When have we done enough?". Which you can watch here if you missed it. Then yesterday i posted this question as a status on Facebook: Question for white people in South Africa... in 1994 after decades of apartheid, when the laws [...]

Race with Me: When have white people done enough?

In this video i take a brief look at the question of when we as white people can move on from needing to talk about and act on apartheid stuff...

Race with me – Intro

i have been planning this video series for a long time. i am not a You Tuber and so i lack certain skills in terms of creating good video and have two friends who produce great videos who have been both trying to help me. But for many reasons the meetings just have not happened. So i decided to just get going with it and hopefully we can start producing better quality videos along the [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|activities, race vibes, South Africa|5 Comments

If you think you’re ‘woke’ you’re not.

i can't stand the term 'woke'. But i get the meaning behind it and sometimes we need to use words we don't like, simply because that's is how the majority of people will understand what we're talking about. But anytime i ever use the word 'woke' [which is really hardly ever if i can help it] i give it a huge disclaimer [something along the lines of "i hate this word"] and always use the [...]

#NotOnOurWatch: That’s not my name!

i stopped to fill up my car with petrol today and got really mad and jumped on to my phone and wrote this as my Facebook status: Disclaimer: this post will not have the amount of swearing i feel it deserves. Caltex, Main Road, Diep River, know that i am gunning for you. How DARE you have petrol attendants working for you who have to change their isiXhosa names for English names because their names [...]

Can we please make it more about race?

You can tell i'm getting over my pity party. Well, maybe you didn't know i was having a pity party but it's my birthday and i'm trapped at home and my wife is out at work and the one thing i have to look forward to is an Improv show i am doing tonight which a total of seven people have booked for. And a number of those may or may not be related to [...]

My Traitor’s Heart: The fear we cause

'I began to understand something quite important about South Africa: My fear of blacks was obscuring my understanding of the fear backs felt for my white skin.'  [Rian Malan, My Traitor's Heart] i am almost finished reading 'My Traitor's Heart' by Rian Malan whichw as highly recommended to me. The tagline of the book is 'A South African exile returns to face his country, his tribe, and his conscience.' Hm, it's been an interesting book [...]