A few weeks ago I came across a comment on one of my posts. Someone asked me if my blog was only dedicated to a certain race group… Well, it got me thinking… How programmed are we? I definitely don’t have a blog that is specifically for one race – Perhaps the reason that you see this “Indian” woman so much is because I’m the main writer and a blog is supposed to be personal right?
Should I now try and be politically correct or should I be real?
The comment didn’t seem funny to me at all, it reminded me of how many people in this world are programmed with the “race card”. Everything seems to centre on racial perception, people make things about race even when it’s not meant to be about it. I once heard that racism is considered to be a pigment of your imagination. But recently I see the ugly head of racism rearing itself more often than not. This is a real concern. I am not undermining this as I know that this is a very sensitive issue but my concern is that this is affecting our children.
Even though I chose to share my opinions on the internet, you have no right to call me racist. You can judge me, you can hate me but I want you to understand me. I’m human and I have feelings too. I love connecting with my readers and I love reading comments but I just don’t understand how some of you think that it’s okay to attack someone on the internet. It seems like people get this “ego” on the net and feel like it’s okay to bash someone and criticize their beliefs and views.
Does it make you feel important? I share my opinions and open myself to you. I am not asking you to agree with me but ask me why I do what I do, or why do I have that opinion? Calling me racist seems that it is actually something that you are dealing with. Is a comment like this revealing my character or yours? What does saying ‘that’s racist’ actually mean.
I’m tired of this race card being pulled. Every time there is a conflict or change of opinion many people play the ‘race card’. It not only happens on the internet but it happens in our daily lives. I’ve seen it happening in the shops, hospitals and even on the road during traffic.
What scares me more is that our kids are growing up surrounded by this and they will think that it’s okay to judge the man on the road based on colour. I’ve come across so many debatable topics on social media and the first thing that comes up is …”It’s because she’s black or because she’s white…” When are we going to grow up and forget that we not living in ancient times anymore?
Did Nelson Mandela do everything that he did for nothing?! We as South Africans “are supposed” to be in unity. Why are we called the ‘Rainbow nation’? It doesn’t seem that way especially during the difficult times that we are facing right now. If we carry on the way we are, I think that we will kill each other!
Why can’t we talk to someone without mentioning the colour of their skin? My child goes to a multiracial school and the one thing I noticed is the smaller kids will play with anyone but as they get bigger things start changing… Is this because of the influence us parents have on kids? This could be a conscious or subconscious impact.
Multi-racial marriages are still a big problem – especially in the Indian community. I’ve seen it and I hate how judgemental the older generation can be especially at family events. Sometimes we even show prejudice against our own race. I find this so confusing to me. I once heard a girl at the shop tell her friend: “I don’t date black guys, I’m only into whites”.
I read a very interesting article on News 24 recently which made me question this topic even more. Someone said: “We can’t get good jobs because we white”… I honestly have no idea what is going on in every part of South Africa right now but there’s so many people sitting with frustration and anger that is building up… Are we heading into a disaster? Is this fact or friction…
It seems that racism will never end in South Africa and that scares me for the future of my kids. Are they going to see things in black or white? Let’s add a bit of colour and the next time that we want to make a comment on race – let’s think about the impact that it will have on our children….