Plan of Action:

What you can do if you support this vision.

 
(1)    Sensitize yourself, educate yourself, around the phenomenon of racism.
  
 Change your heart and mind regarding the way you feel about people in
 general, and people from race groups other than your own in particular. You first
 need to walk the talk! Make friends across “ the racial divide” and reach out to
 the other. Then, stop referring to yourself as a Coloured, Black, Indian or White
 person. Change the way you talk about people and try, most of the time, not to
 refer to them in terms of a particular race, but use references such as: “that
 person”, or their name, or place they come from. Describe a person as light
 of complexion, or dark of complexion, where such a distinction is unavoidable.
 
 Look at people with new eyes. Stop viewing them racistically, as extensions of
 an inaccessible, undifferentiated, alien human mass, or group. That mass is a
 mental construct – the sum total of your impressions of the group, both good
 and bad. Racism has many faces; race classification being one of the ugliest!!
 
 Do your part that South Africa may make a uniquely creative contribution to the
 current global narrative. Let us show the world how to march the demons of racism
 forever off the stage of history!
  
 
(2)   Reject the cultural referencing of your racial lineage.
 
 Assume an attitude when people call you a “Coloured”; "Kleurling"; "Bruin mens"; “White”; “Indian” or “Black” person. Tell them it is degrading to be referred to in these terms! Be serious about your approach. If people want to be respected, then they should reciprocate, respect you as well.
 
 No one whatever has the right to speak on behalf of their self-categorised
 “race group”, whether it be the “white” group; “coloured” group; “Indian” group;
 or “black” group. If you pronounce upon whatever issue, the opinion expressed is
 purely your own opinion, not that of any particular group. You have no mandate
 from any group whatever that entitles you to talk on their behalf. Do not think
 because a “white” person expresses an opinion that that opinion is necessarily
 held by all whites. Similarly for a “black”, “coloured” or “Indian” person. No
 individual has the right to confer an arbitrary classificatory reference ON ANY 
 other person. This was, of course, the execrable practice in the past!
 
 Do you know the recent history of the word COLOURED? It was used by the
 apartheid government to describe people who could not be accommodated within
 their divisive pigmentary definitions. The so-called “Coloured” must not accept
 this labelling, must not think that it is right to be identified as such. Where in any
 case does the name “Bruinmense” come from? Is it an ethnic allusion? Nowhere
 in the world (apart from South Africa) are people alluded to as “brown people”.
 Why are these people not referred to in English as “The Brown People”? Why only
 in Afrikaans, “Bruinmense”? The answer is: it was a politically divisive strategy
 (divisive today still!) to facilitate the dominance of a white, nationalist ideology.
 
 Anyone within the South African social context, anyone at all with an holistic
 vision of what this country must become, will regard any racial designation
 whatsoever as a destructive, and divisive, characterization! 
 
 
(3)   Support our plea to the Constitutional Court of South Africa to change 
        race-based laws.
 
 Soon, we will approach the government, and the Constitutional Court of South
 Africa, to plead with them to change the Employment Equity laws that support
 race-based classification, and to do away with the relevant forms that require
 race classification details. All of this is unconstitutional and does not belong
 in a new South Africa. The plea to the Constitutional Court of South Africa will
 require substantial financial support. We will keep you posted.
 
 
(4)    Spread information about PARC.
 
 Tell your friends and colleagues about us. Download our pamphlet. Make copies
 of it and spread it around. The more people know about us, the more influence
 we will wield!!
 

(5)   Refuse to fill in race classification details on any form that requires it.
 
 Here you need to use your discretion. When applying for a state job (using the
 Z83 application forms) you MUST fill in the race classification blocks. If you do
 not fill them in your application will be rejected. Do not fill in the OTHER block
 if your identity document says you are a South African citizen. The “other”
 option is only applicable to non-South Africans!
 The above paragraph (and heading) might sound contradictory. In case it is, let’s
 spell out the whole thing more clearly. Where one has a personal and material
 interest in the “proper” processing of a form(s), data will be provided in accordance  
 with present government requirements. In all other cases, as indicated above, data
 required within the government’s race classification format will be withheld, will be
 wilfully falsified, in accordance with our policy of "creative deception”!   
  
 All of us, from today, will tick the BLACK AFRICAN block.
 
 If all of us tick the BLACK AFRICAN blocks, the government will not be able to
 directly discern who is who. This is not being dishonest. Remember, currently,
 there is no law to classify the population of South Africa into race groups. All
 these laws were scrapped in 1991! The only factors that keep these classifications
 alive are: (1) WE, as the people, who continue to refer to ourselves as belonging to
 a particular race group, and (2) YOUR giving the administration the right to classify
 you by race.
 
 When it comes to interviews, recruitment officers will use their discretion when
 indicating to which race group you belong. This will actually be an “illegal” act
 on their part. It will result in a lot of irregularities, because there are coloured
 people who look like black people; black people who look like coloured people;
 white people who look like coloured people and coloured people who look like
 white people. Whereas we are ALL actually mixed (coloured) people. So where
 do you draw the line? And what about Chinese people, who are once again
 benefitting from our discriminatory laws?
 

(6) Enrolment of kids at school. Refuse to have your child classified.

 The Education Department requires, on its application forms for learner enrolment,
 that you tick the racial lineage of your child when you enrol him or her for school.

 Did you know that certain schools produce statistics on how each racial group
 fares academically, when compared with the others? This is demeaning and does
 not belong in a new South Africa. For example, these statistics can be interpreted
 as meaning, inter alia, that "white" kids are the cleverest at school. What about 
 disadvantaged children who are trying to do their best? Are these statistics building
 up the community, or breaking it down? As soon as we determine which schools are
 doing this, we will publish their names on our website!
 
 Why did Umalusi (the Education Department’s body to ensure quality and integrity in
 exams) not want to release the criteria they used to adjust the 2010 national matric
 results? Did race classification information play a role?
 
 The Education Department encourages a new generation of innocent children to 
 apply racial stereotypes, through registering them as belonging to a particular
 race group on school databases (CEMIS – Central Education Management 
 Information System). This is not something that should be taken lightly. It is 
 extremely serious! How should parents of children in mixed marriages, for 
 instance, complete  the relevant forms? 

 
(7)   Enrolment of students at Tertiary Institutions.
 
 Tick the Black African blocks in all applications to tertiary institutions. Did you
 know that access to courses is open to "Black" learners with lower matric marks
 than "Coloured", "Indian" or "White" learners? The same applies to "Coloured" and
 Indian students but to a lesser degree. The criteria used here need to be challenged!
 
 
(8)   Advertise your status – “I am a SOUTH AFRICAN.”
        
 Recently we had T-shirts printed with the following words: I’m not a Coloured,
 Black, Indian or White person. I am a SOUTH AFRICAN. We have also had car stickers 
 printed with the same wording.  

 
(9) Watch the following movies.

(a) Skin:   The true life story of Sandra Laing. How race classification during the 
                   apartheid era destroyed her prospects and happiness.
 (b) The Daywalker:  Stand-up comedian Trevor Noah. 
 
 
 
(10)   The National Census Count, October 10 to 31, 2011. 

 We ask every South African that supports this vision (of a non-racial South Africa)
 to have themselves registered as “Black African”. The census forms contain a 
 section (Section A. Demographics. P.05 – Population Group), which will require you 
 to self-classify yourself according to race. If everyone ticks the “Black African” block,
 which everyone has the RIGHT to do, Statistics South Africa’s information on race
 groupings will be inaccurate and worthless. By law, the census officer cannot alter 
 your choice, even if you are "white" or "coloured" and you had yourself registered as
 “1- Black African”. Our message to the government is that it should cater equally
 for everyone regarding job opportunities, as well as deliver quality services to ALL
 We count on everyone’s support in this regard.
 

 
(11)   Educate children into non-racialism as a necessary aspect of good 
           manners.
 
 South African children should have respect for others. They should be taught respect
 for all persons, whether of their own age group or older. Often children are only
 willing to show proper respect to persons of their own racial lineage but show
 disrespect to people whom they perceive to be of “other race groups”. Let us
 educate our children to show respect, empathy and sensitivity towards all persons,
 irrespective of their appearance or social station.
 
 
 
(12)   Do not feel hurt, or bothered, if someone calls you a racist.
 
 
 Usually, when someone calls you a racist, it’s because such a person can’t
 contribute to meaningful, constructively debated, solutions!! Do not hastily 
 react to such people that call others racists. They are weak people who cannot
 win arguments or do not get their own way, and find this the easiest way out.
 Obviously, their taunts are an affront against logic and should be totally ignored
 as such! Maintain your composure whatever the taunts against you. 
 
 Also, do not hesitate (out of fear of possible accusations of “racism”) to
 courteously CORRECT, or REPRIMAND, a fellow citizen, no matter what the
 context. Do the RIGHT THING! 
 
 
(13)   Give acknowledgement and credit for positive mending of racial 
           relationships. 
 
 We are not all perfect. We sometimes forget to compliment people and to 
 encourage their constructive efforts. It is through ongoing positive words, and
 efforts, that we will stay motivated, and focused, on our end goal - at the
 end of the day to live in a South Africa of equanimity and progress.
 

(14)  Inform and advise us.

 Please e-mail us regarding whatever you think or feel about this issue. E-mail 
 useful information you think we should be aware of.
 
 
 Download the  Plan of Action. Copy and paste into Word document, and print.