SOUTH AFRICA

These are some of the recent posts that i and others have made to hopefully challenge and encourage and educate you as you try and figure out how to do life better in South Africa. Please feel free to share any of these posts that are helpful with people you think it might help to take one more step towards…

All Lives Smatter – a collection of thoughts about race, painting all people with the same brush and the need for whites to engage with whites

All White Lives Matter – a “Black Lives Matter for Dummies” kind of post

Ask before you leap [to conclusions] – a post looking at how we engage when we engage with others on race

8 Steps to help me become a better ally of my friends of colour – a short but helpful reminder

But pity the mutants – a painful look at how white people are able to feel more empathy for fictional characters and pets than black people

Entitlement with an “i” – a brief glimpse into the problem of entitlement in our country

If I were white, I’d have been able to breathe – guest post by Thandi Nkomo

Race with me – short video clips explaining race issues simply to white people

She turned to me and asked me if being an Umlungu was something i enjoyed.

The Better Black – guest post by Thandi Nkomo

The queen, my dad, and Sarafina – guest post by Thandi Nkomo

Ways in which white people are better than black people [part I] – a very short post.

Ways in which white people aren’t better than black people [part II] – a more wordier post.

When someone with an African name gives you their “easier” English name.

When the offence is that you’re offended – looking a little deeper into entitlement in South Africa.

Deaf White People

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: pain and Hope, race vibes, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Maybe the problem is that we didn’t start.

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: race vibes, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Race with Me: When have white people done enough?

By | May 6th, 2017|Categories: race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , |

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...

i found Jesus [He was in Durban!]

By | April 26th, 2017|Categories: activities, adventures, Food and foodlike things, friends and enemas, inspire-ations, South Africa|Tags: , , , , , |

Just to be clear, that's not Jesus in the picture, it's my friend Rudzani Thangoane. i met him in Durban too. Sho, it would take too many words to do our recent KZN trip any justice, [...]

It’s time to be on the lookout for the fruit of the Angus Buchan prayer time

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: God stuff, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people, what i am reading|Tags: , , |

On Saturday 22 April, 2017, a million South Africans met in Bloemfontein to pray for South Africa. Or three hundred thousand. Or closer to 2 million. Depending who you ask. People of all races, ages [...]

To pray or not to pray: thoughts on an Angus Buchan prayer meeting

By | April 22nd, 2017|Categories: activities, God stuff, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , |

"If my people pray... then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land." [2 Chronicles 7.14 beginning and end] Wow. This feels a little bit like a dejavu flashback or [...]

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

By | April 19th, 2017|Categories: race vibes, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Deep Dive your way to deeper relationship.

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: activities, inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , |

Last night we hosted our second Deep Dive Dinner Conversation in Durban. While Saturday's was a group of all white people chatting about Identity as a white person in South Africa, last night was a [...]

Anatomy of a march

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: activities, reflections, South Africa, things to wrestle with, what i am watching|Tags: , , , |

This follows on from 'South Africa - the week that followed: Where to from here?' so if you didn't read that maybe start there. BEWARE THE IDEAS OF MARCH For all those of you who marched [...]

South Africa – the week that followed: Where to from here?

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: activities, reflections, South Africa, things to wrestle with, tricky things|Tags: , , , , |

South Africa, how are we doing? How is Justice being fought for this week? It's been a week since a bunch of you wore black in protest. It's been a couple of days since a [...]

Having received your marching hors d’oeuvre…

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: activities, inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If this last week was the first time you ever did anything in terms of protest then THAT IS AMAZING. Well done. Good for you. That's really great. At the same time it is very [...]