In High School my favourite subject was Geography, so much so that I continued studying it after school. One of the topics we covered in Geography was Spatial Planning. This topic explored the way communities were planned and developed. Some communities gather around resources, closer to their places of work, or in South Africa, because of the demarcated zones they were placed in. These historical plans have completely shaped the way we do life today.
One of the concepts we studied is called the Law of Succession. In this concept it’s believed that when one race group begins to move into an area, another chooses to move away, thus changing the dynamics of said area. This impacts, schools, business and communities as they change the framework around which they grow.
With all that’s been said about #BlackLivesMatter and Racial Injustice, I believe that we need to address these issues in our hearts as well. If we are “not racist” Then why do we start to get anxious when people of colour enter our area/schools/complexes. I believe this problem is common throughout the world, as one group enters our schools, we start to take our kids out and put them in different schools. As they enter our street, we take to property apps and begin looking for suburbs that are more along the lines of our colour.
We must realise that we will never teach our kids inclusion, or learn about it ourselves, if we keep running away from the very people we need to learn from. The law of succession amongst races is something that definitely must fall if we are to move forward together.
In the book of Psalms the Bible says
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
We cannot expect to live together in unity if we constantly try to avoid the very people we are to live with. It’s time to redefine the laws, including this very one which I studied over 10 years ago, but unfortunately, seems to not have changed very much.
I pray that each of you will examine your hearts and choose unity over segregation so that our children will never have to be concerned when they meet people outside of their race group. I pray that it will become a norm to see kids for who they are instead of what they look like. Lets build better people, in unity.
Love and Bubbly Joy