I love the humor in this picture but this is not very realistic in my country. My mates and I were having a conversation about race and how if you we’re from a country like England, you’re going to find it so strange to come to a country where it’s pretty evident that each race stays in their lanes. Yes, I do agree that over the years it has become way better, and that you’ll always have the token black person or the token white person, however you can still go to a place like Hatfield (Pretoria) and see students having a great time on a Friday night around each other and that’s where you literally see the “I have my black mates, you have your white mates, yes let’s greet each other but don’t forget who you came here with, stay in your lane” (or visa versa) attitude being portrayed. My country is one of the strangest countries when it comes to race because of what happened about 20 years ago. We are moving away from separation of races now because the younger generations do not know the difference between black and white. Even if they know it, it’s not an issue for them. In the older generations such as the one I belong, we have white friends, we do business with all kinds of races, we are all ONE, under the national spectrum of living etc however, there is still the whole “hang out with your race” or “date your race” mentality because people are still shocked and ask questions like “Wow Tshepo, you’re dating a white girl? Tjo, o lenyora… How does it feel?” When he should be saying something like “Wow Tshepo, are you dating that beautiful girl? What’s her name? Geeze bud, I like her for you… All the best” or whatever (look, I’m just thinking about this from the top of my head).
I’m starting to babble… What are your thoughts? (I’ll understand if you’re not comfortable commenting however, please feel free to add your opinion.)
P.S: I do not have a problem with any race. I see no colour when I’m doing business or making friends. I see life because I chose life and to a certain extent, life chose people like me.