Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I have a friend who suggested that he call himself a 'Euro-African'. I quite like the idea. If black people in America are African Americans, maybe white people in SA should be Euro-Africans. To me, it sounds better than 'white'.
I still prefer to get away from race, but if Black Consciousness insists on dividing us by race, then perhaps we need to establish a Euro-African identity.
I wonder if the term has negative connotations that haven't ocurred to me?


Thomas O. Scarborough said...

But Euro-African seems to connote "European", in the sense of "from Europe", while that cannot be said of some except in a more distant way. As an example, we have had "European" Argentinians, Australians, Russians, Mauritians in our Church. I have called myself "European stock" when there's been any need for that kind of designation.

Steven Jones said...

Hi Jenny

I'm beginning to get confused by all these labels. For instance, I was born in England, and Belinda was born in SA - does that make James a true Euro-African (or Afro-European since he was born in Africa)?

Ultimately, aren't all these labels simply dsignations of tribalism (or - dare I say it - racism)?

Steven (European-by-birth, African-by-choice, Christian-by-grace)

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Hi Thomas - yes that's a good point. Perhaps it could be extended to Russian African and Argentinian African (or American African!) and so on. I think that would be an interesting addition to the idea. And takes it away from the 'white' box a bit.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Hi Steven - yes there's lots wrong with this, but it's work in progress. I foresee two possible futures (broadly) for South Africa and the MCSA. The one is that post-colonialism holds sway. This retains racial thinking and black consciousness. If I want to be part of it I need to develop an identity based on the colour of my skin, because I will have no other choice.
The other future is one that is based on multiracialism - where we look to a common future built on a diverse heritage and where race plays no significant part. I prefer the second option.
Whatever, I don't get to choose. I may be able to impact the MCSA, but the country will go its own way. I must adapt.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Sorry, I'm not making sense when I say there's lots wrong with the simple idea I offered. The problem is with my thinking on the subject as a whole, which is very much work in progress!