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FFD: Leave your ire at the door

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Fridays here at lazygamer are all about sharing and discussing differing opinions, telling people their choices are wrong and that they’re idiots for thinking the way they do. Today is not a day for fighting. It’s a day for hugs.

Here’s something you may not know about me. I come from a mixed race background; my dad is a second generation Chinese South African, but my mom is a white South African.  Back when I was born though, white folks weren’t allowed to give birth to kids that weren’t white. My mom had to be reclassified as “coloured” under that regime when I was born, giving up her right to vote and most of her rights as a citizen when she had me.

When I was a little laaitie, I wasn’t allowed in to the public swimming pools with my white friends, purely because of the jaundiced pigment in my skin and my slanty eyes.

‘94 changed all of that, and Madiba had a profound effect on my life and I’m a pretty sad human.  But we’re not here to be sad or angry. We’re here to celebrate  Madiba and the effect he’s had not just on our beautiful country, but on the world.

So today, instead of fighting, we hug. Ok?

Last Updated: December 6, 2013

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