Tag - Race

A look inside

The State of My Heart As I reflect on the state of my heart, I realise that there are mental models that I have grown up with, which have shaped the heart choices I have made. I refer to these as& implicit biases. Biases are unconscious drivers that influence how we view the world. Biases are the invisible air we...

Say Something

We’ve all been there - the family dinner table, a friend’s braai; when someone we know and probably like, says something racist or prejudiced that stops us dead in our tracks. What do you do? What do you say? As an NGO that works in spaces and places affected by the legacies of injustice, inequality, race and division we...

Let’s talk: Cross-cultural friendships

There was a time in our country when it was illegal for black, white, coloured and Indian people to be friends with each other. After decades of segregation, and now two decades of democracy, many South Africans struggle to know how to relate to people who look different to them. Some people are afraid of saying or doing something...

The danger of a single story

Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered a powerful TED talk in 2009. She raised the crucial issue that we can have pictures, stories and ideas about people groups and cultures that are too narrow, too restrictive and limiting. We can live lives with these stories in our minds, shaping the way we see and interact with people from these groups...

Race and Power: Seeing the Invisible Structures

By Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice Penny Sparrow is a name which has become synonymous with racism in South Africa. In 2016 she wrote, referring to black people, that “These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Year's eve and New Year's day on to public beaches towns etc obviously have no education what so ever so to allow them...

Common Understanding

As we have conversations about race and diversity, it is important to clarify what we mean by the words we use. Below we clarify a number of key phrases or words that appear throughout the many resources on this site that address these topics. This is a list of working definitions, researched and collated, to create a starting point for...