South Africa2018-09-03T06:40:08+02:00


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.

Blogger’s Block Part III: White guilt and other things that are thrown.

By |Jul 31st, 2020|Categories: race vibes, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , , |

Is white guilt a thing and should we have more of it? The third part of my Blogger's Block series prompt came courtesy of a Twitterer friend, Keri Stroebel who asked this: Why do [...]

While waiting on the government [corruption]…

By |Jul 16th, 2020|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, Justice, pain and Hope, positive ideas for change, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , |

It is hard to be a South African sometimes.  As a white South African, i sit with the heavy injustices of colonialism and apartheid in my rear view mirror all the time. As a [...]

The City of Cape Town and the DA that works for no, not you…

By |Jul 2nd, 2020|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, Justice, pain and Hope, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , , |

It's the end of the DA as we know it [or is it a realisation of the DA as they have always been?] i don't tend to write overtly political posts on here. Well, [...]

Race with Me: Some ideas in response to white people’s “But what can I do?”

By |Jun 29th, 2020|Categories: Justice, race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa|Tags: , , |

i would like to invite you to Race with Me. i am on a journey of anti-racism which begins in the mirror. Working on myself, checking for blind spots, looking to make sure that [...]

The Myth of White Privilege

By |Jun 17th, 2020|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, 40 Tips, Justice, positive ideas for change, race vibes, South Africa|Tags: , , |

People seem to be jumping into race conversations more than ever. Which is great. With that comes a phrase that has the power to kickstart defensiveness for so many people: White Privilege "How dare [...]

When black friends don’t appreciate the effort.

By |Jun 4th, 2020|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, 40 Tips, Justice, race vibes, South Africa|Tags: , , , |

My friend Terence is so negative: Seriously though, on a day when white people were showing solidarity with their one black friend, Terence had to go and make them feel bad. And they did [...]

Why i absolutely have to see colour! #ColourblindMustFall

By |Jun 2nd, 2020|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, 40 Tips, Justice, positive ideas for change, race vibes, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , |

The Colourblind argument seems to be a confusing one for many people. White people, trying to do the right thing, often hold on to the statement: I don't see colour. While completely believing it. [...]

Blessed are DA homeless… until we step on them!

By |May 22nd, 2020|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, Justice, Justice issues, pain and Hope, shtupidt people, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , , |

This has been a week of two stories when it comes to the homeless people of Cape Town or those who tend to live on the streets. Earlier this week i was encouraged and [...]

The importance of ‘anti-racist’

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, Justice, South Africa, things to wrestle with, Words and things|Tags: , , , |

Does the term 'anti-racist' sit well with you? i admit that any term that defines someone as something they're not or something they're against feels unwieldy to me. This is why i come out [...]

Reflections on a president’s speech: Whose Lang was it anyway?

By |May 14th, 2020|Categories: South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people, tricky things, what i am watching|Tags: , , , , , , |

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation last night. As he did - and this is not for the first time - i felt a sense of pride, the feeling of being led, [...]

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