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oa Discourse - Over the rainbow? Race and reconciliation on university campuses in South Africa

 

Abstract

If we, all South Africans, pursue deep change in race relations; if we seek to understand first, before we presume to change other people; and if we are conscious of our own brokenness - black and white - as we reach out to each other, then we can build campuses where, in the words of the late Martin Luther King Jr, we will one day be able to judge others not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. To understand racial affliction is not the same thing as condoning racist behaviour.

Indien ons as Suid-Afrikaners ander mense probeer verstaan eerder as om hulle te wil verander, as ons almal - wit en swart - bewus is van ons eie gebrokenheid terwyl ons na mekaar uitreik, dan sal ons eendag universiteite hê waar ons, in die woorde van Martin Luther King jr., ander mense nie volgens hulle velkleur nie, maar volgens hulle karakter beoordeel. Om 'n beter begrip van rassespanning te probeer kry, beteken nie dat rassistiese optrede goedgekeur word nie.

Ge rena maAfrika Borwa, re ka šala morago phetogo ye e tseneletšego ya dikamano tša merafe, ge re nyaka go thoma ka go kwešiša, pele re thoma ka go fetoša batho ba bangwe; gape ge re ka šetša kamologano ya rena - babaso le babašweu - ge re tšwela ntle go hwetšana, gona re ka aga dikhamphase tšeo go tšona, ka mantšu a mohu Martin Luther King Jr, tšatši le lengwe re ka kgonago go ahlola ba bangwe e sego ka mmala wa letlalo la bona, eupša ka boteng bja semelo sa bona. Go kwešiša tlaiš ego ya semorafe ga go swane le go godiša maitshwaro a semorafe.

Uma thina sonke zakhamizi Zaseningizimi Afrika, siphokophelele ekushintsheni ubudlelwano bezobuhlanga; uma sihlosa ukuqonda kuqala, ngaphambili kokuthi sifise ukushintsha abanye; uma sikwazi ukwephuka kwethu - abamnyama nabamhlophe - njengoba sifinyelelana, singakha amakhempasi lapho khona, ngamazwi kaMartin Luther King Jr. ongasekho; ngelinye ilanga siyokwazi ukwahlulela abanye abantu hhayi ngombala wesikhumba sabo, kodwa ngokuqukethwe isigqu sakhe. Ukuqonda usizi lobuhlanga akufani nokuvumela ukuziphatha okucwasa ngokwebala.

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2010-06-01
2016-12-08
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