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

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 i am doing better at this than i was doing yesterday. Before moving on to my  community and the systems and structures around me and seeing what differences can be made there. It always begins with me. i have not [...]

By |2021-01-24T08:35:30+02:00Jun 29th, 2020|Justice, race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa|0 Comments

The Myth of White Privilege

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 you say I have white privilege? My family grew up poor!" "White Privilege? I had to work three jobs to get to where I am today!" "Maybe in the past that was a thing, but these days with BEE..." Are [...]

Why and how i believe that All Lives Matter.

What is the problem with #AllLivesMatter? This past week, we have seen the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and movement on the rise again.  A lot of people have been responding with tags like #WhiteLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter as if this is an important and necessary counter to #BlackLivesMatter. i would love to try and explain to anyone who feels like this, why i think differently on the matter. i think it is also important to say at [...]

By |2021-02-01T11:14:25+02:00Jun 10th, 2020|#NotOnOurWatch, 40 Tips, Justice, race vibes|0 Comments

Why it’s not okay that i took so long.

My name is Brett "Fish" Anderson and i am 46 years and for the last 6 years i have been actively fighting against racism. Although people at times accuse me - and people like me - of being smug or self-righteous or feeling superior - i don't think i am any of those things. To be honest, i feel shame and embarrassment.  i have for the longest time been someone who has challenged the [...]

When black friends don’t appreciate the effort.

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 - read the comments. There must be discomfort when confronting injustice Let me just be clear here - Terence is not negative. i agree with his status completely. But it led to one interaction with an old friend of mine [...]

When last did you? A Twitterer thread on lived experiences.

i started this as a thread on the Twitterer but thought it might be good to stick it here as well. If you're a white person reading this, i want to encourage you to answer a couple of questions honestly. Then, when you get to the end, read the instruction and work through them one more time. White friends: i'm not sure enough of us get how different our lived experiences are simply because [...]

Why i absolutely have to see colour! #ColourblindMustFall

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. i would like to approach that from a different direction than i have before, which might make it easier for some of you to get. Many of my best friends are black, coloured and indian people. And no, that's not [...]

the party

i attended a 50th birthday party last night. Of someone i have met twice... i was in the minority [as a white person] and one of the youngest people in the room [which doesn't happen a lot for me] and it was such a complete vibe. In fact, as tbV will attest, being in a space with fifteen to twenty people where i only know two of them [the hosts] is traditionally one of my [...]

By |2019-11-09T11:43:57+02:00Nov 9th, 2019|inspire-ations, people, South Africa|0 Comments

The con-sequences of Racial Isolation

If the only black and brown people you interact with in your life are those who are in positions of service to you, you have work to do. [Not to say that if you have black and brown people in leadership over you or as equals in the spaces you inhabit that you are not racist - just like being married to a black or brown person or having children who are not the [...]

By |2019-10-12T10:19:18+02:00Oct 12th, 2019|#NotOnOurWatch, race vibes|23 Comments
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