Wow, I feel like a stranger to my own blog. It’s been a while since I scribbled anything. Blame it on the hectic life of a father trying to put nappies on his newborn’s bottom. That said, today is a public holiday here in South Africa so I thought, why not scribble a little something.
Yes, today South Africans “celebrate” Human Rights Day. I know what you’re thinking; that Human Rights Day is in December right? Well yes…sort of. You see, Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10th December. This is because on 10th December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major “achievements” of the new United Nations.
What’s ironic about this so called “first major achievement” is that 1948 was the same year that apartheid was formally adopted as policy in South Africa. So much for Human Rights Day hey? So here in SA, Human Rights Day is “celebrated” on 21st March. This is because on 21st March 1960, 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police opened fire on a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest against apartheid Pass laws. This became known as the Sharpeville Massacre.
So to honour those who gave their lives for the freedoms of so many, here are 5 quick steps on how to get over apartheid.
1) Go back in time and stop it ever happening
2) Honour only Nelson Mandela and ignore all the other heroes that rubbed a particular race the wrong way
3) Be a born-free with parents who believe ignorance is bliss
4) Wear an eye patch on both eyes and ear plugs…see no poverty, hear no poverty
5) Be a white South African…it really helps
Ps: the only thing not talking about apartheid does is ease the conscience of its perpetrators. Don’t be in the business of easing consciences. The next time someone tells you to get over apartheid, tell them to get over themselves. Talk about your history, be about your history.
*just scribbling my thoughts*
- Human Rights Day – Just another day off? (localmediaunpacked.wordpress.com)