By: Guest Writer- Rudolph
We live in a rather sensitive Era where people feel somewhat entitled to many a desire but to what extend can this sensitivity be applied?
Namibia being a relatively newly independent country, one would wonder if certain topics are okay to discuss or do we beat around the bush?
I ask this due to the fact that topics such as racism and tribalism are still major factors in this country. I mean… the reality of this is how far does a joke go when it involves different tribes/cultures or just a specific tribe/culture? and how exaggerated are arguments between different races? Makes one wonder if it is safe to speak one’s mind but again… despite the safety do we really consider others when speaking on sensitive issues?
‘BEWARE OF FAKE CONFIDENCE ’
It has become common (with the use of social media) that we become bolder when mentioning bits and pieces of what and how we really feel about social issues. Such as a recent situation in which a colorist post that went viral and circulated on most platforms that we know of.
I cant guarantee the posted message was innocent or meant to offend but I know it had an impact.
Too often we let words that carry little meaning run from our mouths without thought of how it will impact every individual around us.
And just until it strikes close to home which would be a loved one or just any person whom you’ve grown to care for and only then do we acknowledge or want to take action against such offenders.
We are a nation that recently fought off struggles and topics such as racism are still open wounds and adding salt to them would cause a sting to even the strongest being. With that said I would caution social media users to be mindful of the social issues within this country and be considerate to those who could generally be hurt with by the power words carry.
Nothing belongs to only a particular type of person or race nor culture because at the end of the day we live in the same social circumstances and are all affected by a particular issue differently.
Be mindful and considerate to your fellow country-men while being honest and truthful.
And always remember that your words could easily mould or break you.