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.

Confronting Whiteness with Asanda, Hani and Megan

By |March 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 |February 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 |January 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 |October 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 [...]

Poem: Words from Different Mouths

By |September 7th, 2020|Categories: Justice, Justice issues, poems and other creativity, South Africa|Tags: , , , |

i wrote a poem this morning considering how the same words coming out of different mouths can mean a variety of things. Different worlds, even.             [For another [...]

re: Move One Million

By |September 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 [...]

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

By |July 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 |July 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 |July 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 |June 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 |June 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 |June 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 [...]

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