South Africa 2017-07-31T15:29:41+00:00

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/Coloured/Indian – some friends share stories about the standard of whiteness that has been pressured on them

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.

Time to leave the old South African flag behind for good

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: pain and Hope, positive ideas for change, South Africa|Tags: , , , , , |

What a week, South Africa. Of old flags and racist rants and countrywide demonstrations and polarised conversations and threats of rape and questions of intelligence and more. How do we move on from here? i [...]

After the #BlackMonday dust clears…

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: inspire-ations, positive ideas for change, race vibes, reflections, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , |

So #BlackMonday was a thing. And wasn't, depending on who you were. And was accidentally so for tbV and others who just happened to realise into the day that they had unintentionally worn black. For [...]

Some more thoughts on #BlackMonday and #AllDeathsMatter

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: inspire-ations, pain and Hope, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , , , |

Yesterday i shared a whole bunch of thoughts - mine and others - about the concept of #BlackMonday and wearing black to honour the lives of farmers who have died. Two statuses i added later [...]

Some thoughts about wearing black on Monday for the farmers

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: pain and Hope, shtupidt people, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people, what i am reading|Tags: , , , |

Today's Facebook status with regards to the #BlackMonday in response to farm murders has garnered a lot of attention. This is what i wrote: Anytime someone is murdered it is a tragedy. But, if you [...]

A Storey of Race

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , , |

What is this race thing all about? The other night a bunch of us went to go and listen to Alan Storey from the Central Methodist Mission in town share some of his thoughts as [...]

On the search for South African worship vibes

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: activities, God stuff, South Africa, things to wrestle with, worship|Tags: , , , , |

What does it mean to worship as a South African? As an African? Is there any difference to worshipping in any other place in the world? We do tend to import our worship songs from [...]

Make South Africa great again!

By | September 25th, 2017|Categories: activities, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , |

Make South Africa great? When Donald Trump runs a campaign with the slogan, "Make Americaland great again!" a large majority of white Americans cheer, because they have grown up with the notion that America is [...]

More thoughts on ‘Thoughts on the New South Africa’ – Neville Alexander

By | August 28th, 2017|Categories: inspire-ations, South Africa, thorts of other people, what i am reading|Tags: , , |

i shared some of Neville Alexander's thoughts with regards to capitalism in my first post on his book, 'Thoughts on the New South Africa' which you can read over here. This is a second passage [...]

the question of anger

By | August 22nd, 2017|Categories: South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , , , |

What do we do with anger on the internet? It's five days later and i have found writing part II of this anger piece pretty difficult. Part I dealt with Jesus and His take on [...]

Dear Fish: What do we do with the anger?

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: activities, race vibes, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people, tricky things|Tags: , , , , , |

i received an email from a friend of mine on Facebook who is asking some questions that relate quite strongly to some stuff i have been giving a lot of thought to, especially this last [...]