Questions to Ask Yourself
Why recognise and understand my thought patterns pertaining to Race?
Because bettering myself is an integral part of bettering the world.
1. When was the last time I noticed a bias within myself – immediate or considered?
2. In a mixed environment, who do I tend to mix with? Do they look like me, sound like me or come from a similar wealth bracket as I do?
3. Have I ever equated our country’s flaws on a governmental level to the fact that our cabinet is primarily black?
4. Would I let my child get married to a black individual?
5. Do I believe that my child with lighter skin, eyes or hair is more beautiful because of these particular features? And do I find myself praising other people because of these features?
6. What kind of things do I say about black people in front of my children?
7. How do I feel when a black man enters a space I am in? Do I pull my bag, purse, cellphone or general belongings closer?
8. Am I comfortable with racial slurs being used in my presence? If not, do I do anything to shed light as to why this behaviour is problematic?
9. Do I feel that I have done my part by reposting, sharing or providing insight regarding the crises in Palestine, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon only?
10. Do I mock at/think less of a black person for the way they may speak?
11. If I am an employer at present, what does my staff body look like?
12. Do I complain about BEE because of how it seemingly “advantages” black people and “disadvantages” everyone else- for example with university acceptances and job opportunities?
13. Have I ever passed a harsh comment in response to protest action in the country? Have I called it hooliganism or the like?
14. During #FeesMustFall did I feel the police were justified in their response? Did I take the time to read student narratives? If not, am I willing to do so now?