Do you have friends of dif­fer­ent races?

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Mar­cus Mo­fo­keng Soweto, Gaut­eng I don’t have white friends. Whites still think African peo­ple are in­fe­rior. Democ­racy didn’t change the mind-set of white peo­ple, although black peo­ple ac­cept them with­out judge­ment. Ntombi via SMS As you have in­di­cated, in­ter­ra­cial friend­ship thrives be­cause of black peo­ple’s tol­er­ance of racism. Pri­vate schools and work­places are sym­bols of apartheid, and they per­pe­trate racism. White su­pe­ri­or­ity is clearly writ­ten on the walls, but those in gov­ern­ment pre­tend not to see it. Twenty years of democ­racy has done noth­ing to change the Free State. It is still a haven for racist whites. Brian Beth­le­hem, Free State I’m 60 and find it dif­fi­cult to form in­ter­ra­cial friend­ships among my gen­er­a­tion be­cause of the bag­gage we carry. How­ever, I work quite a bit in town­ships and ru­ral ar­eas with young black peo­ple, and have de­vel­oped friend­ships with them over the years. I love their can­dour, their lack of ob­ses­sion about the past and their dreams. Friend­ships like this re­quire a con­scious choice of love be­cause ev­ery heart re­sponds to love. Carolyn Burns via SMS I think it’s im­per­a­tive for whites to reach out, seek to un­der­stand and be sin­cerely in­ter­ested in black ex­pe­ri­ences. Go to the town­ships, share skills, teach and be open to learn­ing. Make a sin­cere com­mit­ment to be an ac­tive mem­ber of an in­ter­ra­cial so­ci­ety. Move be­yond your com­fort zone. En­rich and broaden lives, con­trib­ute to the present and the fu­ture of this coun­try, or stop com­plain­ing. I live what I share.

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