Do South Africans Have an Identifiable Identity?
I am not happy to identify myself as white. Secondly, because I am ‘white’, although I am varying shades of pink and milky, reddish brown when I get some sun, does NOT mean I am a European. I have never set foot in Europe and have never left the continent of Africa. If I have relatives on another continent, I am not aware of them but I wish them happiness wherever they are. They can consider me their African relative. That’s who I am; an African born in South Africa on the continent of Africa, but who are WE?
Who ARE WE as a Nation?
I know who and what I identify as, and have known since Esther was fired when I was 7 years old. The point is, I am part of a greater identity … the South African identity. The problem is, I am struggling to identify a particular national identity to which I can subscribe, particpate in and be proud of.
Nelson Mandela and a vast majority of South Africans subscribed to the idea of a Rainbow Nation. We portrayed ourselves as the forgiving nation, a nation willing to heal and build (the majority of black South Africans and most whites). I loved the sense of it. In March 1992 I voted for the first time in my life, in a referendum which would give way to the first democratic elections to be held and from which the ANC would emerge victorious in 1994.
Politics has lost touch with the people
A ‘Captured State’ has denied South Africans an Identity – Fast foward to 2019 and I don’t think I can vote for the ANC, the DA, the EFF or any other political party. There is not a single one of them that has a plan I can subscribe to. We did not build on the foundation that South Africa had in 1994. True to the form of human nature when put in positions of power, the ANC, led by a number of struggle stalwarts, proceeded to strip our country of the dignity, the hope, the platform, the finances, the global goodwill and opportunity to create an effective AND caring government for our people. Money has mattered more than lives. This is the bottomline.
Where there is no solution ‘Ignore What Doesn’t Harm You’
Personally, I am left disappointed, angry, hurt and betrayed. I may be a white South African but I am now who I was then. You’ll find no pretence here. I don’t care what view you have of what being an African is. We can debate that for the next thousand moons. What can be established is who WE are as a nation. Quite frankly, I think we are hypocrites who allow ourselves to be led by hypocrites until they get found out. When those we support get found out we head for the ‘damage control’ button and a whole lot of BS spews forth into the ears of the public who believe a lot of the BS they hear. This sounds more credible to me as an existing identity as the Rainbow Nation does.
Perhaps it’s time to stop being such damn hypocrites and stop with the pretence. All we need do is ask of ourselves; do we want to live in peace with each other? Make an effort to do so if the answer if yes. If no see rule 1 below.
- ignore what doesn’t harm you directly but if it REALLY pisses you off because it was done by a particular colour of human, then understand that you are a racist … and try and deal with it. If you can’t deal with it, revert back to rule 1.
Ignore what doesn’t harm you. Your eyeballs are in your head. You control them. If the brightness of day or the darkness of night hurt your blinker gapes and cause your mind to boggle, close them and meditate for a moment or direct them toward another path.