I believe in tackling problems head-on so have addressed this topic several times. Racism is not only how we are treated but how we think or act back.
If you’re a white person, i want you to imagine yourself walking the Main Street of Knysna at night when you see 4 black men in hoodies walking towards you – what’s your first instinct? If it was suspicion and fear, maybe you’d justify it with the logic that more poor people are black and that crime, sometimes amplified by drugs, is the result of economic disadvantage. But how easy is that logic when those 4 men give you a nod hello and carry on walking by?
Maybe we need more than 20 years to escape the legacy of apartheid that still finds our town so segregated and, for the most part, failing to even attempt understanding. If so, maybe The United States, which ended their apartheid in 1964, is an indicator of our future.
I was thinking that as i youtubed a few episodes of a reality series over there called What Would You Do? These shorts vids present interesting scenarios such as what would a white dad do when introduced to his daughter’s black boyfriend, ‘shopping while black’, and, my favourite, will a black man in a black barber shop let a white dude cut his hair.