Friday, January 11, 2008

Facebook Coloured groups exploding, why ?

One sometimes wonder whether the whole Coloured identity thing, is simply a relic of the past, especially from the old South Africa, (read: apartheid... Population Registration act)past. What does the young people, the 'bornfrees' born after 1990 or who got their 'verstand' after the FW De Klerk-era, think of their identity. If Facebook is anything to go by then it seems as if, at least amongst the young people, the Facebooktribe, they are still pretty much Coloured and seemingly proud of it. What are we to make of the this today, when groups like The Gatsby Appreciation Group (if you dont know what a Gatsby is... then well, you don't come from the Flats or the 'flêtse' or ) has about 3977 members, Coloured women are hot has 2699 members and "You know your coloured when...' have 5640. Of course this is not a solid analysis of this membership trends or even of a cross-section of the 'bornfree generation', but it does indicate that there is something here that need deeper scrutiny, interrogation and consideration. At least amongst these connected and networking thousands there seem to be something and they are calling it, not in a racist or even apologetic, anonymous way, but seemingly proud and loud, affirming self-hood.

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