I’m sorry that this is you in 2016 and that for some reason you have this vague,distorted image of us. Your status is so descriptive, yet overwhelmingly destructive, thoughtful, stereotypical and undeniably racist. But because of the way the world works, we as colored people understand, that you won’t be liable to pay any fine for your ‘mental enslavement’ of our supposed ‘kind’. So I’ll offer a polite correction to your supposed diagnosis of our identity.
‘We not trying hard to be white’.
Trust me,I live in Mitchell’s Plain,thus I am probably the most colored-est colored you’ll ever encounter. We are well aware that we are not white, we observe white privilege just like you do and also fall victim to it every so often. We are religiously reminded of our colouredness, by the way we are excluded and spoken to condescendingly. We are seen as the off cuts between white and black , the rejected race and treated as anthropology subjects. We face the same struggle you do, we’ll talk if you’ll listen.Oh! and if there are those coloreds whom you are speaking about in your status! Tell them to please calm down and to quit acting out!
‘Born to be followers’.
Honey, we in a league of our own. Born to be followers of what exactly?Are you setting the example? Should we follow you? I am not sure what you are insinuating. This is bizarre. If you speaking about following trends,then you have my applause, because this is racism and you’re going with it. If you’re speaking about politics, how is it possible for us to even secure a space in debates about race, when this is what you are saying about us?
‘they’re still slaves’
The only slave I see here is you.While the rest of us are hoping and praying for utopia, you’re being a rebel. You are enslaved my dear, we are all well aware that it is 2016 and most of us have joined the period of enlightenment.Slaves hold on to colonized ideas of what the world should look like, which is precisely what you are doing. It’s not just black and white, we may be in the middle but we are here too and even this lame ass status of yours won’t marginalize us. Hopefully, this will free you!
“give them drugs and alcohol and sell stolen goods”
My dear, I know black people who use drugs and alcohol and sell stolen goods. I know white people who use drugs and alcohol and sell stolen goods. What is your point? You are not above the standard. The characteristics your are highlighting must come from a familiar place. You have no grounds to what you are saying. No validation, no facts.
“I don’t like them”
But we never ever asked you to. We did not ask for this racist opinion as well. We have many opinions, but we are conscious about the context, time and frame we are living in. We have learned to respect people, for who they are. I don’t like many things, but I have never seen such blatant ignorance and disregard for a fellow human being.
Besides your horrific non-use of grammar, your refusal to use commas, full stops and capital letters AND you even spelled incorrectly. Your opinion is flawed,it’s racist and it comes from a place of misunderstanding and misinterpretation.You cannot make statements like this on public platform and not expect to be criticized.
Dear Ayanda ,
You have no idea what you are talking about…ask Penny Sparrow