'If we don't see them, we can't love them' - raising black boys in South Africa

What would be the impact if were we to begin centering love as a value when raising black boys in South Africa?

Along with guests Dr Mampele Rampele, Prof Kopano Ratele and broadcaster Kokesto Sachane, Eusebius McKaiser discusses the ways in which we must come to see black boys as three-dimensional beings in order to avoid demonizing them as men.

Prof Ratele says it starts with the simple act of acknowledgment.

There is this fundamental need for children to be looked at a particular way.

Prof Kopano Ratele, Institute for Social and Health Sciencesm - Unisa

If you don't have someone in your life to look at you in a particular way, you grow up with this big hole.

Prof Kopano Ratele, Institute for Social and Health Sciencesm - Unisa

Dr Rampele agrees and says the act of making black men invisible began during the slave trade and was perpetuated during apartheid.

When we acknowledge that deliberate disruption of African family life and recognise the implications of men having to make the choice and being protectors and fathers and then going to live in migrant worker hostels.

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele

They were treated like and called boys. They were only visible as 'tools' of industry.

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele

Those men, taken across the Atlantic as slaves were not seen as people. The slave master would rape the woman in front of her husband, just to let him know he doesn't exist.

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele

Listen to the full interview below:


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