Richard Green (khidir) wrote in african_gothic,
Richard Green

Nothing posted here in a while so I thought I'd write a bit.

I'm a white living in South Africa, how does that make you feel? What are your first thoughts and feelings upon hearing that?

I ask because upon meeting many africans that dont live here they look at me as if by some osmosis due to skin colour and location I am similar to the evil colonial old farts that commited atrocities here a long time ago. I dont suffer from "white guilt" and I find I relate to anyone regardless, I have to actively seek out cross-racial friendships, just because I am in a higher income bracket or "class" (what a terrible word) doesnt mean I dont want to be friends with people below the poverty line. I intensly dislike falsely perceived separation of any sort and have found that I have to activley go out and seek discusion, whether it be to the local shebeen at a settlement or the local bars.

I have no idea of my bloodline / ancestory, I consider us all to be of one parentage anyway and I go to great length to not separate things into neat boxes. I am and have been very interested in traditional african beliefs for a very long time, the mythogeography of S.Africa is an obsession of mine, I consider myself tied to this land in mysterious ways.

And lastly, have any of you read Credo Mutwa's "Indaba my Children"? I consider that book as well as Ben Okri's "The Famished Road" the ultimate in African gothic...
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