A time to be grateful

February 15, 2007 at 3:27 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve never really thought of myself as a campaigner for this new South Africa. It’s weird – I know what is wrong with this country yet find myself defending it vociferously. Especially from those who say it was better in the “good old days”.

I live in Cape Town. It’s a place of immense beauty yet terrifying tragedy. We live in a parallel here. The really rich; the very poor. A few years ago when the whole “CT is racist” story broke out I couldn’t understand what was going on. Why were people saying this beautiful city is racist?

But now, two years later, I find that I can no longer ignore those comments. People in Cape Town, especially coloured people, are racist.
I know this because I have to hear the not-so-subtle comments when black people walk by. I hear the sounds of sarcasm, or worse, condescension, when there are mixed parties around. It breaks my heart.

Until now I’ve never noticed when I’m the only person of colour in a restaurant – apart from those serving the drinks and cleaning the tables. . .

I don’t really have any solutions to this problem but just putting it out there because maybe somewhere, someone can tell me how to fix it.

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