“Don’t tell me who I am, Black man”

Don’t tell me who I am, Black man By Eusebius McKaiser on Mail & Guardian. Downloaded from : https://mg.co.za/article/2015-12-03-dont-tell-me-who-i-am-black-man

This article is interesting as it was written in 2015 yet is still relevant today. I think that’s what good writing is, pieces that are time timeless.

There have been numerous debates about Coloured people recently; whether the term “Coloured” is appropriate, whether Coloured people can identify as being Black and why some Coloureds refuse to be labelled as anything but Coloured.

McKaiser addresses this by saying that during Apartheid, everybody that was not White, would automatically be classified as Black. This is why he identifies as politically Black and culturally Coloured. This is a sentiment I can share. But this is no way means that the struggle of Black and Coloured people are the same but the struggle exists for both races. In a political climate where identity forms such a critical part of our lives, it is important that these questions are debunked and that we are able to grapple with the various nuances of our identities. It is important for South African’s to have healthy debates about these issues as a means to progress.

This was an interesting read as it was not too academic and was something I could relate to. It was also interesting because the ‘average’ reader could read this piece and gain so much knowledge from it. It is important for writers to understand who their audience is and how their writing will influence who reads their article.