I still start my days off with black coffee, which the locals call a “Barack Obama”, large black Americano coffee.
One of the things that stands out right away in Africa is people identify themselves as colored. In America this is an offensive term, but in Africa it’s used to describe a person that’s not black, white, Asian or Indian. Even amungst colored people there are differentiations. There’s Cape Colored, (mix of black, white, Khoi-San). Asian colored, and “Khoi-san” colored. Khoi-San is a catch-all term for the indigenous peoples of Southern Africa.
So many colors out here man, It’s like Crayolas, for real. Regardless of how much color you have, the saying is “your too white to be black, and too black to be white.” Apartheid really influenced hiring policies making colored people feel superior over blacks by giving them jobs.
I had to get out the city center because downtown is downtown everywhere, you know, so I went and visited the township of Langa where Xhosa people speak with a lot of clicking sounds. I kept trying to prounoucne Xhosa but kept accidentally gleeking on people. 😂😂
Can’t nothing prepare you for seeing Langa, man. I swear it looks like Altgeld Gardens if it were all tent city in uptown. I’m not tryna be funny neither, the infrastructure of the Parkway Gardens homes is far superior than the apartments in Langa. I’m telling you, poverty in Chicago would be upper class in Langa.
In Langa township the education is very poor. There’s like 60 kids in class with one teacher in high school. Schools can setup their own policies and own fees too. Even at the university level the segregation persist. University of Cape Town was for English speaking whites. University of Western Cape is for black and colored people only. It’s the cheapest college.
Regardless of what color people are, if I didn’t know I was in Africa, I’d not see these people as Africans, I see the facial features and smiles of many people. Colors, genders, religions, ethnicities like in Chicago man. Race is not scientifically real. It doesn’t exist objectively, it only exists politically.
I finished off the day by walking the Victoria Alfred Water Front downtown with the locals and we sang Chance the Rapper's Blessing song at the top of our lungs. Was dope as hell man.