Do you have friends of different races?
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.