Whites need to face up to their whiteness

Personal touch I'd Like to add...
''One thing I learned from South-Africa is that it is a beautiful amazing multicultural, multi diverse, and nature sings beautiful songs and many musical art forms are played hovering the fields of gold and hilltops play hide and seek with the morning and evening sun's movements... Insecurity and fear for being misunderstood on intentions and expressions... history overshadow's the present, but the present needs to learn history isn't the reality of the present... From all the rainbow children, lets say in each individual something of what I call ''childlike clumsy trait'' is inherited in all and one, and one and all.... Interaction on multiple, multicultural and diverse platform is indeed THE WAY to softly overcome, and faint away the traits of which limit the overall touch on the way we consider other's language, expression, evolutionair distorted intentional boundaries all play, and are played through, which is an nation with a common mutual challenge, and has nothing to do with race, color, culture or heritage.... The strength's and weaknesses for one to resolve, are the strengths and weaknesses conquered splendidly by the respectful other....Human Being... It is therefore a rainbow nation with pride and beautiful efforts are made daily with tremendous positive progression...''

Just remember this:
One will only deprive himself of the blessings, self development, growth and undoing of the less needed traits of the old conditions, by disconnecting any angel in disguise which can present itself on any location, moment, figure, or event whatsoever, so the best for you, is to be the best of you in welcoming others…!!
# Jorn Jakob Albert Boor LOVE TO ALL

Whites need to face up to their whiteness

Once again racism is front-page news. Once again it threatens to upset the project of building a new South Africa, of undoing what has been achieved, of unraveling the sacrifices made by many.

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At the South African Christian Leaders Assembly (SACLA II) held in Pretoria in 2003 thousands of Christian leaders, from all walks of life, identified racism as one of the seven giants that could destroy our new rainbow nation.

What has happened since then – did we fall asleep at the wheel? Is the rainbow nation dead?

During the Christmas recess I read two very interesting books, What if there were NO WHITES in South Africa by Ferial Haffajee and Run racist run: journeys into the heart of racism by Eusebius McKaiser.

They opened my eyes. I don’t agree with everything that was said but I cannot deny their experience.

It’s a perspective that – if I listen closely – challenges who I am and my place in this country.

I was struck by Markus Trengove’s comment as quoted by Haffajee. Trengove was one of the white UCT students arrested in the 2015 #FeesMustFall campaign).

He said: “I benefited from the injustices of apartheid. Although I did not choose it, my race, my gender and language have allowed me to inherit certain privileges. The right response is no longer to bury my head in shame. The right response is not to try to guard these privileges. The right reaction is to admit that there is an enormous injustice, but that my privilege has put me in a good position to remedy it. That is my privilege. That is my duty.”

McKaiser suggests whites should stop relying on their black brothers and sisters to solve their racial problems. Whites need to sort this out among themselves.

With these insights (being white, male and Christian) I decided to ask some awkward questions at a braai and around a restaurant table during the holidays. I wanted to test this “whiteness” thing.

It nearly cost me some of my best friends. I was even severely reprimanded for raising the subject.

The race issue was seen as “politics” and that wasn’t on the approved list of holiday topics.

I was amazed. My people seem to know very little about our history and the current challenges we face; about how others have experienced the transition and about what needs to change.

To me those were lightbulb moments. I agree with McKaiser, it’s time for white people to talk to other white people.

Whites need to own “whiteness”. We have to start by understanding why our fellow South Africans still experience racism as a daily reality.

We have to understand our personal role in allowing that to happen.

In my view, racism has to become a personal thing to whites if we are ever to deal with it seriously.

Nor can white people keep responding to others’ real experiences with the “yes- but” arguments – “its-not-me-its-other-whites”; “it’s-history-time-to-move-on”; “all-people-are-racists”; “blacks-are-just-as-bad”; and “economics/leadership/government/politicians-are-to-blame”.

How to move forward? I honestly am a bit clueless.

One thing I do know is that the situation isn’t getting better, fast. In fact, with the upcoming local elections we’ll likely see the race card played many times over in the next few months.

At the same time there is enormous goodwill out there. Project South Africa cannot be allowed to be derailed by ignorant individuals on social media or by cheap politicking.

My instinctive response was to act (we must do something); my first thought was getting white people together to talk about racism.

Let’s have a “whites only” workshop that addresses “whiteness”, “(un-earned) white privilege”, “decolonisation”, “guilt”, “reconciliation”, “inequality” and the other associated concepts and practices that need unpacking.

However, every time I play out the “whites-only” idea I hit a dead-end.

Yes indeed, whites must talk about why our brothers and sisters still believe we are racist. Yet such a conversation (whites-only) excludes the very people who are telling us that they feel nothing has changed.

Would we not be perpetuating racism, just in another way?

What a challenge! Clearly it is time to think out of the box. How exactly to do that I am not sure, but at the very minimum let’s begin a conversation.

Let’s begin to talk about “whiteness” irrespective how upset you are with the status quo and how much you disagree. Let’s START the conversation.

I still believe our country will become a light to the rest of the world. This is a unique opportunity to extend the struggle and find ways to embrace our diversity and deal constructively with one another.

We have work to do. As citizens, Christians and the church, at both a personal and community level, we have to wrestle with this issue and find a way forward.

Trevor Jennings is from Transformation Christian Network info@tcn.org.za

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Jorn Jakob Albert Boor. (36) Ik heb mijn leven lang menselijke interactie, tegenstellingen en tegenstrijdigheden geobserveerd en hieruit een conclusie getrokken. Theorie, ervaring en ondersteuning vanuit de vele verscheidene vriendschappen en gebeurtenissen hebben het mogelijk gemaakt tot de kern van het menselijk bestaan en evolutie van het bewustzijn op individueel en collectieve zingeving en progressie. De verschillende specialisaties, hierarchische levels van behoeften (egoisme) en non verbale en verbale intentie's en communicatie eigenschappen (egocentrisch) zijn een fundamentele doelstelling en persoonlijke ontwikkeling die ik graag wil delen en ten dienste wil stellen zodat het de creatie en evolutie van ons natuurlijke zijnsvorm transcends in het geestelijke/spirituele zijnsvorm in ons aller belang en zoals het gedetaileerd in allerlei verscheidene historische takken van sport is benoemd en vastgelegd op feiten en profetisch onderbouwde geschriften. wijsheden en legacies. Defragmentatie van deze inzet, inzichten, kennis en opofferingen ten behoeve van ons aller belang en bestaansrecht. Via het informeren en verzamelen van kennis verwacht ik de chaos en verbroken connectie's weer samen te brengen en hiermee de macht over vrede, begrip, diversiteit en samenwerkings verbanden naar een resonerende en gebalanceerde bestaansrechtelijke fundering terug te brengen en mijzelf en mijn service van toegevoegde waarde te laten zijn. Vanuit mijn eigen ervarings deskundigheid en relatieve overzichten op globaal niveau. Creativiteit. Spontaniteit en Probleemoplossende eigenschappen en de bij behorende communicatieve vaardigheden zouden het varkentje moeten wassen. UNESCO onderschrijft een groot deel van de conclusie en bestaansrecht van deze theorie/evolutie model en symboliek voortgebracht via de grootheden en culturen en eerder bestaansvormen uit het verleden. Dit is de finishing touch en de start van een nieuw begin met rust. vrede en creatieve ontwikkelingen en rechtvaardige basis berustende op eenwording en ware identiteit van de mensheid. De overwinning welke onze wederzijdse verantwoordelijkheid in alle facetten van het bestaan vrijheid en zijn bevierd zal worden! # Het zal geschieden. # Mijn thuis is waar liefde zegeviert # Huis van Jakob / Rechtvaardigheid # Jakob 's Ladder / Vigilant. .. http://jornboor.blogspot.nl https://jakobinfo.wordpress.com @Jakob_EGO "Oil To The Fire Submitted In Respect For The Sacred Dance On Infinity. "

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