In July, I wrote an article for Black Founder Nation magazine discussing the issues of race. Even though a person’s race is a visible part of one’s identity, it is one of those topics that most people shy away from discussing. The interesting thing is children do see race. One day a Caucasian child walked up to me and said you are chocolate everywhere, I smiled and told him that my whole family is chocolate and he was so surprised. If children think and talk about race, adults do too. Not talking about race will not make racism go away.
In the article, I tell my story of growing up in Zimbabwe, a sub-Saharan country that is a majority-black nation. Then the experience of being black in America where I studied abroad for four years, discovering the term ‘woman of color’, and then migrating to Australia, where I identify as an African-Australian. I also narrate my personal experiences with racism and my thoughts on the issue.
“I firmly believe that it is crucial to have safe spaces to talk about race and do our best to address barriers that exist between different ethnicity.” – Sibonginkosi Abigail Moyo
You can have a full read of the article here.