Yes, I am saddened that people are dying on the streets of their so-called “haven”, their safeguard from the tyrants in their own country. That saddens me, but most of all I am saddened that our President and his cabinet have let this happen.
The blood of those who have died rests on thier hands, not ours. Saul wrote a post today saying that he has had it and decided that SA is not for him, that he is sad to be South African today. Well I am not, not at all, not in the slightest.
I am not going to say that due to one single event (the xenophobic attacks) that is happening now that I am ashamed of my heritage, my culture and my fellow South Africans. I am not. I am uplifted. I am uplifted by the number of people talking, disagreeing and loudly rebelling against this sort of action. A small faction of savages are destroying people’s lives and we must all feel as if we are part of it? Rubbish. I am not a part of that, I never was and never will be. I am a part of the solution to it. I am a part of the growth in people’s consciousness that allows them to step back and say no to this sort of human rights violation.
It makes me feel good when people don’t keep thier mouths shut, when they stand up (or speak up) about wrong doing and actively seek to end it. I am uplifted by the journalists and police officers putting thier lives on the line to get the truth out there.
I don’t think that we cannot know joy and contentment until we have lived through true pain and suffering. Right now we are caught between the two as a nation and the one will lead to the other. Which one comes first is up to us.
- Proud feelings come from ashes
- Is it time to leave South Africa?
- June 9 2010 – VUVUZELA DAY!!!!
- District-9. They aren’t human, they’re aliens and illegal.
- Step up or shove off – talk with your feet dammit
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