Exploring Lynedoch

by Elizabeth Trinh July. 12, 2016 380 views

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.

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