To be Cape Coloured in a racial polarised and segmented world is to be forever in purgatory. For all the diversity that lies within our veins, there lies a complicated web of historical grievances, hatred, regret and sorrow. But for all this pain, there is also a rich tapestry of cultural camaraderie, similarities and connection. Cape Coloureds are a racial mixture of Southern African Bantu (Zulu, Ndebele, Nguni), Khoi-San (Indigenous Peoples), Indian, Malay and Germanic origins. Being Coloured in apartheid rule was defined as being the mongrel, you where looked down upon by the white Afrikaners, held in contempt of collusion by the black African Bantu peoples and tolerated, accepted but still remained seperate from other groups such as Indians, Asian and Malay peoples. All had their own distinct constant cultural roots and customs, where as the Coloured man was marred by his complexities and by his erased, intermingled past. This piece explores the dichotomy of being Coloured within a racially polarised societal structure and how the conflicting of our very existence causes us to be martyred and crucified by ethnogroups on all sides.
With the burden of history, how can one go back to their place of origin when the lines have been irreparably severed?