A rose by any other name

May 15, 2007 at 9:23 am (annoying, ego, frustrated, fury)

Name changes bother me. Tshwane/Pretoria; Louis Trichardt/Makhado…it has potential to go on and on.
It bothers me not because I want a particular name put up there – it really means nothing to me. I don’t know any of the people they want to name streets after so I couldn’t give a flying you-know-what.
I just don’t give a damn. And neither does the lady who lives in a shack and doesn’t have a street name, much less a city name she cares about. Nor does the single mother whose babydaddy beat the crap out of her and she has to hide in whatever hole she can to survive.
Does the teenager who’s on tik care about the name of street or city in which he’s smoking himself mif? Does the young man dying of Aids care that a Venda king or an Afrikaner icon’s name graces the roadside boards next to his hospice?
The young gay couple don’t seem to care about name changes because they’re constantly dealing with prejudice. Nor does the nine-year-old orphan because she only wants some food. I don’t see the tattooed gangster worrying about having the right name on a business card – and I don’t think the mother of the child who died by that gangster’s gun is thinking of those names either.
See, name changes bother me because the only people who really seem to bother with name changes are those who have no other worries. The people who care have homes, food, safe lives and future prospects. They have the time to waste taxpayers money because they have no other cares in the world.
Yes, politician, I’m talking about you.

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