Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tshepo Legodi maak uit


Tshepo Legodi is duidelik iemand wat uitmaak ("he gets it"). Met die groot geraas en verontwaardigheid wat gevolg het na die ou S.A. vlae wat gewaai het by die Bokke se toetse op Twickenham, kom dit toe uit dat daar 'n swart man was wat die vlag geswaai het. Wat dit natuurlik bitter ongemaklik gemaak het vir die mense wat summier die ou-vlag-swaaiers afgemaak het as rassiste. Hopelik het daardie mense toe bietjie verder gedink : dalk was daar 'n ander rede hoekom party mense die vlag swaai as rassisme. Dalk is dit hoekom vryheid van spraak so belangrik is.

Nou kom dit uit dat die swart man met die vlag se naam Tshepo Legodi is, en dat hy die ou vlag gewaai het vir eenheid onder S.A.-ners (dankie news24.com). Waarskynlik was van mense met die ou vlag rassiste, en het hulle dit gewaai om uitdagend en uittartend te wees, maar dit maak Tshepo se ou vlag net soveel meer simbolies van eenheid, en ontlont hulle uitdagende houding op die beste moontlike manier.

Volgens hom:

"You could say that I did it for unity.

"I don't carry a chip (on his shoulder) and I don't dwell on the past.

"I think that if people reach a point where they can accept the past, it will no longer be able to cause hurt.

"The apartheid years were bad, but I'm not going to pretend it never happened.

"The old flag is part of my history, too. What are we going to tell our grandchildren one day?

"I'd like to be able to show them that I've moved on."

en ook:

"I think most of them saw the humour in it. And, why not? I think South Africans should take care not to be overly sensitive.

"The old flag, in its day, represented the entire South Africa and not everyone was racist, by any means.

"They were proud South Africans, who are now just as proud of their new flag."

"I actually had both flags there. A black man with the old flag and the new flag - what better symbol of unity can there be?"

Is dit al te laat om hierdie ou die volgende president te maak?

Update:
Legodi in sy eie woorde (danksy www.rugby365.com).

7 comments:

Voetstoots van Tonder said...

ek sal vir hom stem...

terloops, dankie vir jou kommentaar re Chrizette, PZ - ek het daai post ongelukkig verwyder, so jou kommentaar het 'n stille dood gesterf (gaan die stuk moontlik later weer publiseer, in effe verwerkte vorm) - maar ek hoor graag van Finlay's name?

cheers

Do Kwang said...

Ek weet nie Legodi of watookal sy naam is nie. Ek dink hy flous homself. OM met die ou vlag rond te loop is net so min 'n teken van eenheid as wat 'n Jood met 'n swastika 'n teken van eenheid in Duitsland sou wees. Die vlag simboliseer 'n ou bestel, nie 'n deeltjie van SA se kultuur wat ons opnuut moet leer koester en waardeer sodat almal lekker kan saamleef nie.
Hoewel ek met hom saamstem dat mense oorsensitief is oor sulke goed. So dis cool as hy dit dra om almal vir die gat te vat. My vermoede is egter dat hy homself vir die gat vat sonder dat hy dit weet.

dorothy said...

do kwang - harsh there dude.
maybe people with the opinion that the orange blanje blou should be held in high regard as an monolithic Symbol of the Terrible Past are unable (or unwilling) to see it for what it is - a curious symbol of the small minds that tried to hold back time and failed. why hold it up for anything more than an oddity? there's alot to be said for taking ownership of the past
p.s. it's unlikely the jewish nation will ever be able to poke fun at the swastika - it would require them to have moved on.

Pienk Zuit said...

dorothy, careful with that last sentence.

dorothy said...

what's there to be careful about pienk zuit? the holocaust was a terrible terrible tragedy that needs no further explaination as to its enormity, but massacres across the globe have happened tenfold over since then, by equally twisted dictators and systems - these are forgotten and hardly paused upon, except on some obscure BBC programmes every now and then. the point of the comment is not that there is nothing to lament, that there is nothing more to be said about it - just that there is more to be said and done about the same atrocities happening today.

when last have you seen the media world produce a full scale hollywood movie dealing with the tragedies and sufferings of the bosnia genocide, the cambodian massacres, african guerilla wars...

feel free to delete this

Pienk Zuit said...

Sure, but be careful about saying things like "the jewish nation". That's just too general, and generalising (in my opinion) plays a big part in bigotry. That's what starts all these horrible things you've described.

dorothy said...

i have no time for bigotry pz. the jewish nation/the whites/the blacks/the gays/women always/men are/aussies/americans...u never generalise a point? i agree it's the root of all ism-evil but what is so different in semantics from the germans having to appease for crimes against the 'jewish nation'.