Understanding coloured identity through a decolonised lens

Eusebius McKaiser hosts film makers, Kelly Eve Koopman and Sarah Summers, political analyst Karima Brown and media professional Garland-Waide Bradford to discuss the much debated issue of coloured identity.

It's important to talk about coloured identity with an understanding of a new decolonised historical narrative. There is a complex history surrounding 'colouredness' that many people are unaware of.

For Brown, Koopman and Summers identity takes multiple forms, and they do not see their coloured identity as separate from other identities such as gender and sexuality.

The defining issues in our country are class, race and gender. That's not to say I'm not curious with how we define ourselves.

Karima Brown, political analyst and Talk At Nine host

What's important for us as black and coloured South Africans is to understand the multiplicity of identities, and in that we can become aware of all the different parts that make up our being and culture.

Kelly Eve Koopman, filmmaker

I think of myself as politically black but as culturally coloured.

Eusebius McKaiser

I see it as having this hybrid identity. Yes, you are black but you also have a different experience of what it means to be black, and we do have a coloured identity in terms of where you come from.

Garland-Waide Bradford, media professional

Listen to the full conversation below...


This article first appeared on 702 : Understanding coloured identity through a decolonised lens


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