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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

But What Can I Do? – 40 Tips for white South Africans genuinely asking this question

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.

Poem: We build a country

By |May 23rd, 2022|Categories: Justice, poems and other creativity, positive ideas for change, South Africa|Tags: , , , , , |

This morning i got a little inspired and wrote a poem on the Twitterer that goes a little something like this: WE BUILD A COUNTRY we build a country not by voting or protesting [...]

Leading Women of Africa: Meet Eve Thompson

By |Mar 3rd, 2022|Categories: book vibes, Justice, positive ideas for change, South Africa, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , |

A friend of mine connected me to Eve Thompson, who, among other things, is the author of the book 'Leading Women of Africa'. When i heard how the book had come about, due to [...]

Get involved in the #LunchBoxChallenge

By |Feb 4th, 2022|Categories: inspire-ations, Justice, positive ideas for change, South Africa|Tags: , , , , |

Have you heard about the #LunchboxChallenge?  i kept seeing it on the Twitterer and eventually reached out to Veronique to ask her if she would be interested in sharing some of her story for [...]

This good ever came out of Lavender Hill…

By |Oct 22nd, 2021|Categories: inspire-ations, Justice, South Africa|Tags: , , , |

i have written before about my journey with Lavender Hill High School via the Partners for Possibility programme. Well, yesterday i was given the huge honour and responsibility of being the guest speaker at the [...]

How to discover a diverse group of friends: a Twitterer thread!

By |Sep 13th, 2021|Categories: friends and enemas, Justice, positive ideas for change, race vibes, South Africa|Tags: , , , |

Would you say you have a group of diverse friends?  Two days ago, i shared a thread on the Twitterer that kinda exploded a little bit [in a good way!] With over 400 retweets and [...]

Teaching during a pandemic: An Open Letter to Cyril Ramaphosa

By |Jun 22nd, 2021|Categories: Justice issues, South Africa, stories, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , |

What is it like to be teaching during a pandemic? As we close in on a year-and-a-half of what has been a world-shaking pandemic, everyone has paid a cost. Whether it has been personal [...]

Confronting Whiteness with Asanda, Hani and Megan

By |Mar 25th, 2021|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, Justice, positive ideas for change, race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa|Tags: , , , , , , |

Anti-racism work with friends beats anti-racism work by yourself.  Since returning from America with the absolute determination to confront my own racism and try to make a difference in South Africa this work really [...]

Black people can – and cannot – be racist!

By |Feb 2nd, 2021|Categories: Justice, South Africa, tricky things, Words and things|Tags: , , , |

i have found that racism definitions can often create a bit of a problem... Can a black person be racist? Yes, absolutely. And also, no, not at all!  This question comes up a lot [...]

Losing someone to Covid-19: Meet Nicky Vigeland

By |Jan 23rd, 2021|Categories: South Africa, stories, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , |

We are listening to the stories of people who have lost someone [or more than one] to Covid-19 and today my friend Nicky Vigeland shares some of her story with us:Life in the midst of [...]

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

By |Oct 1st, 2020|Categories: Justice, race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

re: Move One Million

By |Sep 5th, 2020|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, Justice, shtupidt people, South Africa, things to wrestle with, what i am watching|Tags: , , , , , |

The Move One Million Facebook group has organised a nationwide march today, on the 5th of September 2020. Why is the 2020 significant, you may ask? Well, South Africa and the world happens to [...]

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