It was a fine morning in my beautiful city when I came across a Twitter thread that proved how disappointing the older generation is in this country, yet again. And between who, two woman I so highly respect. Nothing like modern day social networking to drag those that went to high school in the last century back to a high school mentality today.
So with that I said I am not going to play the 'she said, she started' game. The just of it all is that someone said Cape Town is Racist, Helen Zille came to defense which Simphiwe Dana climbed right on top of. This infuriated me for four large reasons:
1 - To classify an entire city as racist is such a gross generalization of all the people that make up the city. And who makes up this city? Who makes it run? Its not a skin color thing, its a language thing. This is an Afrikaans town. The Colored people make this city run from its most basic points and what language do they speak... Afrikaans. Xhosa has a small place but the other black languages are virtually non existent. I mean more black people in Cape Town speak French than anywhere else in the country. So maybe while Simphiwe was sipping cold water with fresh cut strawberries and crushed ice from her 5star hotel room overlooking the mountain and the waiter snubbed her for whatever reason, she would think twice about besmirching an entire city with her one liners. So Cape Town is racist... how, why, what happened?
Add to that, Cape Town is a gay village. To say it is behind times in the fight against racism is absurd. How would a city move progressively forward in one regard and not the other when both are in essence about human rights, freedom and equality for all?
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