…the great south african melting pot…

Many people refer to South Africa as a melting pot for race and culture.

I’ve had many discussions about the idea of a “melting pot” and feel that that should not be what we are looking for. Consider the idea of a “salad bowl” as opposed to a melting pot. Let me explain.

A melting pot brews the idea of different “ingredients” that are fused together in such a way that the distinct ingredients are no longer individually recognisable and you can no longer “taste” the different, distinct “flavours” that the individual ingredients bring to the mix.

With my “salad bowl” concept, you still have all the different ingredients, but no force is applied to them to make the mixture homogeneous, instead all the different elements of the salad are distinctly observable and separable. In this way you are still able to enjoy all the different “ingredients” that are present without having to accept a homogeneous pile of gunk.

South Africa’s Black/White divide

This is why I prefer not to use the term “melting pot”.

The South African government at the moment is trying to further the concept and practical arrangements of a melting pot with their nationalistic schemes and their plans to integrate the customs and methods of the extremely diverse South African people into a homogeneous “gunk” that they call South African.

The way I see it, South African culture is too diverse and with integration many identifying aspects of the array of sub-cultures and traditions WILL go missing.

Major language division in South Africa. The light blue represents an Afrikaans majority.

The SA government is L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y trying to selectively “remove” certain cultural elements by following a nationalistic melting pot strategy.

I believe that a Cape Nation MUST try to reverse the damage that has already been made and strive for a “salad bowl” approach where individual cultural beacons and boundaries are kept intact while still promoting multiculturalism.

I believe that is what the Cape Party stands for.

I believe in Cape Independence.

<<all images courtesy of wikipedia.org>>