Today I had a conversation that I had hundreds of times and to a certain degree i still be a kick out of it And 90% of the time it is the same conversation over and over again. I had this conversation in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Colombia, Mexico and the United States. I would have thought with the history of South Africa and Mr. Mandela’s legacy people will know more about South Africa and that South Africa have more the 5 000 000 white South Africans.
The conversation usually goes like this:
Them: Where are you from?
Me: South Africa
Them: But where are you really from? In Which country were you born in?
Me: South Africa and my parents also and their parents also, in fact my family arrived at the cape in 1658 from the Netherlands.
Them: Really are you sure? (As if I am not sure where I was born or my parents) but you are white?
Me: Yes I am sure, I speak a African language as a first language. And we consider many African traditional food as our traditional food.
Then stills in disbelief and a bit of surprise so you are really an African…