South Africa 2017-05-17T14:05:16+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 – 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.

#NotOnOurWatch II: Tattoo man vs car guard

By | July 8th, 2017|Categories: activities, race vibes, shtupidt people, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , |

Having spoken about and encouraged the #NotOnOurWatch hashtag commitment for probably over a year now, i just had my second big encounter [you can read about the first one here], which i wrote about on [...]

Agreeing to disagree in the very best of ways…

By | July 7th, 2017|Categories: activities, race vibes, South Africa, thorts of other people|Tags: , , |

'Howzit buddy, just got to Bootleggers.' [Whatsapp from Lukhanyo Neer] What a great message to receive. i had been looking forward to connecting with Lukhanyo for a while, since i had met him at The [...]

Philandro Castile, Imizamo Yethu and the uneven choice

By | July 4th, 2017|Categories: shtupidt people, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , , , |

'Once again, police get away with murder.'  Those are the words Julia Wallace used to begin this article she wrote about the murder of Philandro Castile and the subsequent "Not Guilty" acquittal of Jeromino Yanez, the [...]

Race with me: The voices in my head

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , , |

Continuing the ‘Race with Me’ video series i take a look at one thing that has been super helpful for me in terms of learning and growing and becoming better prepared for conversations about [...]

Some thoughts about Economics and Theology

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

i mentioned that the other night about thirty of us of various ages, genders and races hung out at The Warehouse in Wetton to discuss Economics and Theology. Wayne Eaves chaired a bit of a [...]

Give these people [of diversity] the mic!

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: inspire-ations, race vibes, South Africa|Tags: , , , , |

Celebrating diversity.  This weekend i spent time with some young adults from across the St. Johns parish of six churches that i am part of and some others who were from outside of that as [...]

The revolution is happening [bring hashtags!]

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: inspire-ations, positive ideas for change, race vibes, South Africa|Tags: , , |

There is a hashtag that reads #NotOnOurWatch - if you've been around for a bit you've probably seen me write it or heard me speak about it. Well as heavy winds rip trees out and [...]

Race with me: White guilt?

By | June 2nd, 2017|Categories: race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , |

By now you have hopefully recognised that you have white privilege and moved to the place of acknowledging that white privilege is a thing in your life. So what now? This is where a lot [...]

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...