Whilst surfing the net for more photos I could jack for my blog’s header I came across the one on the left. I laughed when I saw what the sign says and felt guilty afterwards ’cause the guy using the computer next to mine gave me a weird look; as if I was laughing at the two black guys in photo, But I digress. I found the message portrayed in the photo interesting, back then the regime used fear as one of the tools to keep races apart, hence the ridiculous sign to warn white folks to beware the “savage natives” but now that shit like this hasn’t existed in a while why are we still afraid to go into certain areas? A while ago Laura made a post about her superpower basically she spoke about her instincts that seem to kick in whenever they were lost in the townships and a comment was made about how white folks are still scared of visiting the black townships, which is somewhat true and I also happen to know a few black people who aer still scared of going to Hillbrow because of a false notion that Hillbrow has been “taken over by Nigerian drug lords”pfft. I attributed the that to the fear of the unknown, that most white people don’t know much about the townships and hence would be reluctant to visit the townships but I’m starting to not buy that excuse.
Unlike the past, there is no propaganda machine that tells the people to beware the natives. There is so much information out there about the townships that I don’t see why people would be scared to visit there. A few months ago it was proven that Soweto is the safest place to shop, and I generally believe that a person is more likely to experience crime outside the townships (there’s just more to steal in the suburbs). Fear of the unknown is a weak excuse when you have all the tools to find out about stuff at your disposal, South-Africa is such a diverse place we shouldn’t be afraid to visit certain areas, a sign that says beware the natives shouldn’t pop out in our minds whenever we drive too close to certain “dangerous neighbourhoods”. Lets enjoy our land.