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Fathers Matter – an invitation to shift the narrative

Fathers Matter. We know that, right? i mean it's not a statement that needs to be proven or argued for or defended? It's one of those undeniable truths. And yet, the reality in South Africa, is that in too many households, this does not seem like the case, simply because fathers are not there. In so many cases the father is physically absent for a variety of reasons - men not taking responsibility for [...]

Poem: We build a country

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 or even trying to hold leadership accountable although all of those might be important and deeply necessary rather we build a country by showing up actively loving our neighbour (All of them!) building bridges and longer tables!   =   [...]

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

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 a whole lot of [mostly] positive engagement, it really felt like people were resonating with what was being said. So i decided to move it to a blog post as means of getting it in front of more eyes and [...]

To go where no child should go b̶e̶f̶o̶r̶e̶ again

Lumka Mkhethwa and Michael Komape are names we should know and probably don't.  In 2015 Michael, aged 5, drowned in a pit latrine 'toilet' and in 2018 the same thing happened to Lumka.  Those are absolute tragedies and should never have been allowed to happen to any human beings and the idea that we get outraged for a moment and then get back to our lives and just carry on feels a little overwhelming [...]

By |2021-04-28T14:16:54+02:00Apr 28th, 2021|#NotOnOurWatch, Justice, things to wrestle with|2 Comments

The Racial Literacy Project

i was recently introduced to Josh Cox and his website called The Racial Literacy Project and asked him if he would mind sharing some of his story, Meet Joshua Cox: The Racial Literacy Project Last year I launched a simple website www.racialliteracy.co.za with the aim of helping white people 'do the work' of becoming more literate on issues of race and racism. The end goal being that people are more equipped to speak out on these [...]

Black people can – and cannot – be racist!

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 and i'm not sure i have actually answered it on my blog but i thought it might be helpful to at least give it a try. This is how i understand this question. Two Definitions The biggest problem which i [...]

Some African Authors worth taking a look at

What are you busy reading? Or what was the last book you read? And who was the author?  These questions may seem quite innocuous and innocent, much like the unnecessary 'How are you?' we throw at someone we haven't seen for years when we bump into them in a supermarket [if we really cared how they were doing, the time since our last meeting might have been a lot shorter?]. But i want to [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:00:04+02:00Jan 18th, 2021|book vibes, Justice, stories|0 Comments

Sharing is Blaring.

Yes, yes, i know what you're thinking - "Sharing is CARING, Brett!" - and that's true. Teaching kids to share can be one of the greatest lessons we can give them - actually teaching adults to share would be an amazing accomplishment and sort out many of the world's problems. But i want to suggest a new way of thinking about this, especially when it comes to the internet. Sharing is Blaring. Blare: to [...]

What am I not doing?

Describe to me how the world would look to you if everything was working for everyone the way it was meant to. i imagine for a lot of people this might look like a list of negatives: No more racism No more sexism No more zenophobia No more hatred of any groups or people who are different in any way. No more wars No more rape No more violence And so on... What is [...]

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

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 as well as Zoom call conversations and a whole host of webinars and more, especially in the wake of the George Floyd murder, which grabbed a lot of people's attention around the world. And i have been making videos. Short [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:19:01+02:00Oct 1st, 2020|Justice, race vibes, Race with Me, South Africa|0 Comments
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