Some people might say, "look at these idealists with their wishful thinking, they are totally unrealistic."
We say smile to that! Curing racism is one of the most pragmatic things to do.
We believe we can cure racism in South Africa in maybe +-300yrs or +-12 generations.
We say all those who live in South Africa are perfectly positioned to cure racism.
We know that we might fail, but this is one of the best things to fail at, and in actual fact we will succeed!
We know that racism is an intentional virus; we know that racism is taught; we know that it is part of dominance theory; we know that nobody is born a racist and we know that racism can be unlearned and cured.
There are many things to do in South Africa, but let's also cure racism. We don't mind if you like or dislike any political party, and we don't mind if you don't believe in politics.
All we care about is curing racism, and we hope you care about that.
Whoever you are... individual or organisation, we need your help to do it; we need you (the active citizen) we need everyone.
Who is 'We'? We is everyone who wants to cure racism, so We is made up of You... your family, friends and colleagues.
Why Cure Racism in South Africa?
Besides the multitude of obvious reasons, South Africa is in a state of racial tension that could destroy us as a nation. Now how could we make a statement like that? Where's the proof?
Something in our guts is telling us that racism is on the rise at a rapid rate (probably due to a combination of factors). There is no ipso-facto-empirical way to work that out, because if you ask most people, not many would say, "yah, I'm a racist or I'm a racist only sometimes" and if we had to use police reports as an indicator, it still would not be sufficient because how many people really report racism to the cops? In addition, the racist attacks and incidents are sometimes not reported and collected by the police properly.
The racist stats are important and do shape the state of the nation in some way, but what other beacons do we have to give us direction?
Well, we have the generalised feedback from our family, friends, work and social circles. What do these various groups say about various races? How do we ask the hard questions about race, without sounding racist ourselves? There is often no easy answer or response. To a certain degree and using common sense we have to trust the feedback from our circles and then look inwards and try and find out what the heck we can do to solve it in whatever timeslots we might have in our busy lives.
Largely, if one asks any individual of any particular race group, "Is the majority or minority of your race group racist?" Generally the response is "only a minority of our race group is racist" However if you ask a race group if the majority or minority of a different race group is racist, generally the response is "yes a majority of that other race group is racist" One of the reasons is that we often feel the need to defend our own race, compete with other races, blame other races and groups, instead of defending and growing our South African and non-racial identities.
There is no definitive way to establish whether the majority of each race group is racist, but somehow our gut tells us that the majority of each race group is racist, that the majority of all those who live in South Africa are racist, and racist some of the time, and racist most of the time.
If we acknowledge that the majority of all who live in South Africa are racist, we then realise that we have a serious problem, and we then realise that we need to try to unpack our racism, and then try to implement as many simple and complex solutions in our daily lives as possible. Racism is everybody's problem, it is a serious problem, and therefore we need to cure it!! If we act like it's not a problem, try to avoid the problem, try divert the problem or assume the problem will fix itself, then we will never come close to solving it.
Simultaneously we need to start better forging our South African identity, truly celebrating our diversity and sharing our diversity with enthusiasm, caution and honor, of all who live in South Africa.