If you’re here, you’ve probably seen some of our graffiti around Cape Town.
The way the world is structured, white people can go about their lives rarely having to face the way that we continue to perpetuate the oppressive relationships that were founded in white supremacist colonialism. We live in our little enclaves and rarely need to leave them, we don’t speak indigenous languages and rarely need to, we go to white schools and white universities and there is always enough of us that we never really have to leave our little enclosure.
One of the many problems that are fundamental to our mindsets is how we aren’t familiar with history outside of the very little we were told and the fact that often we were told history from an apartheid point of view. Tsafendas was just insane, listening to a tapeworm! For those of you who don’t know who Tsafendas was, that could be a good place to start.
We get it, it’s hard to engage these things. Understanding history and your position in it does come with an ethical burden. It’s easy to dig your heels into your old beliefs, burn with rage at the challenge, or break down into tears until you’ve found yourself back where you were. Rather, we invite you to challenge yourself to unlearn the old world, to always seek out new, better information, to try to find the most ethical ways to live in your context.