Youth against race
Let us, for a brief moment, embark on a journey. Let us, comrades, discuss the ever so touchy subject of race (rather cringe now). I would like to begin with the Oxford English Dictionarys definition of race: [Race is defined as] each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics.
The above definition in itself is extremely flawed. Comrades, let us break down this definition starting with major divisions of humankind. What does that even mean? How do you qualify and quantify a major division of humankind? Then there's the distinct physical characteristics. Is the aforementioned distinct an absolute term? As you can see, I have weakened the argument for the use of race as a psychosocial construct with four simple questions.
The biggest weakness in the race construct is the fact very few people are genetically pure when it comes to race. How many Africans have 100% African genes? How does one describe an African who has two African parents but one European grandmother? Genetically speaking, that individual would be a maximum of 75% African. Does it make that person less African?
To take my argument one step further, let us discuss this South African concept of Coloured. This concept is amongst the most flawed - it's used to primarily describe the child of an African and European, secondarily people of Cape Malayan dissent, and lastly to describe a group of people who are mixed race. It is beyond flippant, in my (not so) humble opinion, to describe such a complex grouping of people in one simple term. This flippancy borders on idiocy. Using simple logic: African + European = Coloured, European + Indian = Coloured, African + Indian = Coloured etc. That's just stupid.
Now onto the South African's pet peeve - inter-racial relationships. I really enjoy being in an inter-racial relationship. My girlfriend and I will get side eyes in black areas and side eyes in white areas. This is beyond hilarity; and the best part is that most of these side eyes are from your generation - the so-called liberators. You, mother and father, have absolutely failed to create the non-racial nation that you claimed you would. You, father, are in the mass media using race in the most blas of manners (the subject matter being dogs at that. Ha!). You, father, are far too callous with a construct that is holding us back. Alas, I digress.
It is quite clear that racism and the race construct itself is fundamentally flawed. Plenty of us black people share more commonalities with our white brothers and sisters than the black ones. You, father, need to get off your high horse and pull that stick out your backside and see that your kids have been playing together for decades now.
Comrades, to hell with race!
Tyss Azna is a musician with an opinion on everything South African.