What’s behaving ‘white’? What’s behaving ‘black’? You were asking this again and again yesterday and this being a programme where you guide the agenda, we’re going to discuss it today.
If you’re white, what does it mean to be white? If you’re black, what does it mean to be black? And if you’re anywhere in between, how does your skin colour affect how you define yourself, and others define you?
Plenty of you simply rejected the notion of skin colour differentiating people. Ana in Colombia posted, ‘I know good and bad people, smart and stupid people, generous and mean people…. And believe me, it’s never been connected to their colour or kind.’
But is it that simple?
Jamilah emailed me after the show – ‘The fact that four fifth of humanities is non-White makes this subject a relevant and current issue worth pursuing. Notably, it addresses the identity crises majority of the world’s population face.’ Identity crisis? Is that really happening?
Nge on the blog wrote, ‘White, yellow, green or black, we are all human beings. The problem resides in our mentality and I think it is hereditary and psychological. We blacks just need a change of mentality.’ But does that mean, stopping thinking of yourselves as black?
South African journalist Jon Qwelane says ‘black is a state of mind’. He’ll explain to us why.
Please tell us your experiences.