My studies on South Africa have mostly been contained to race, racism, and racialism, especially in regards to apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. During my first week in Cape Town, I struggled with being in a “white space” where the majority (black South Africans) seemed to be hidden and even silenced. When I learned about how diverse — economically, racially, socially, religiously, etc. — the Eco-Village is, I thought about Cape Town’s District Six before the government forced the residents to move in the mid-1900s. District Six used to be diverse, similar to the Eco-Village, but now, District Six is a ghost town: empty. Both of these examples, the Eco-Village and District Six before, demonstrate how different types of people in South Africa can live together in peace. Now, I am not undermining the challenges that Lynedoch (and District Six) faces, but compared to South Africa as a whole, Lynedoch seems to be more progressive in terms of race and color.
by Elizabeth Trinh July. 12, 2016 380 views