I am the black friend that features in this article. I am so proud to have a friend who is able to articulate the ugliness we often meet in this country with such grace! It is also so beautifully written!
A few weeks back a friend of mine wrote a blog, an exasperated blog, stating that she was tired of white people being seen as courageous for going into black communities. I flippantly stated that actually the blog should have been about the courage of black people going into formerly mostly white suburban communities.
• Into communities in Cape Town where we are regularly seeing headlines about white on black violent racism.
• Into communities where people earn their livelihoods – such as they are. Livelihoods being a term I use loosely as it means being paid something that most people think you should be ‘grateful for’ & yet none of the people I know who employ others express “simple gratitude for at least earning something”; instead it’s mostly about the feeling of what we are entitled to in terms of how hard we work or the effort we believe…
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