What is a South African, anyway?
Hate requires much more effort than love, for love is natural and hate is not. These are Nelson Mandela’s words, not in verbatim though, but the message is the same. Humans have perfected the art of classification, groupings, and categorization. Sometimes this classification exists in the physical realm. It is a natural classification, for example the living vs. non-living, plants vs. animals, mammals vs. reptiles, etc. There are however, other classifications which are fictitious and motivated by political reasons. For example, Christianity vs. Islam, South African vs. Zimbabwean, South Korean vs. North Korean, etc., if the method of classification or categorization is purely based on how a person looks, dresses, speaks, and eats, then such a classification is at best irrational and uncalled for. An animal is an animal, whether it eats grass or eat meat, it is still an animal. A human is a human whether they are Christian or not, whether they are African or not, they think, eat, bleed, and feel just like any other human. The world is big enough for all 8 billion of us. We all call this planet home, none of us is foreign in this world, foreign would be an alien from outer space, anyone born in this world has a right to call any corner of this world home. The purpose of sovereign states (and border posts) should not be to restrict who can go where, but it should be to account in an orderly fashion the movements of people. However people should not be denied entry anywhere where they want to go and be. The discrimination of humans against other humans is nothing more than lack of understanding and lack of education.
The hierarchy of discrimination
To shed some light…
- If Earth were to be attacked by creatures from an alien world, we would all stand together as Earthlings and defend the earthling life. We would all stand together and be one people (except of course, the outer space creatures).
- When Africa was under siege, we all stood together as Africans and defended the African life. We all stood together as one people.
- When South Africa was under repressive rule, the oppressed majority of Africans stood together and fought for one course, one goal, equality and non-discrimination in the eyes of the system.
- Now, that the war is won, the linguistic classifications and battles begin, the Xhosa vs. Zulu, Tsonga vs. Venda, etc. With other groups perceived to be receiving favourable treatment from the system.
- Furthermore classification exists within a linguistic group, to classify against dialects or ancestral lineage, then whether of royal blood or just a peasant.
When does it stop? The human mind, it seems, has been trained, engineered and/or has evolved to look for groupings (even when it makes no sense to do so). It is for this reason we find ourselves with classifications that are fictitious and only exists in books and database systems, but do not appear in nature. Citizenship is such a classification. You cannot tell the citizenship of a person by looking at them, or by the language they speak, or by the food they eat, or by their attire.