Step 9. Give back the Land.

White South Africans have to return the land.
“Giving back the land” is not always literal. Yes, returning access to the land stolen from black communities is the most important way to contribute to redressing the problems of the past but if we ourselves have no direct ownership we can consider various ways we can share what we do have access to in terms of the privileges and power handed to us because of skin privileges.

How can we hold ourselves, and other accountable in the view of this information?

  • Contribute to black-led initiatives
  • Carefully look at how you behave, and contribute to liberation work
  • Consider that even though generation after generation we have been aware that our actions directly harm black and brown people – we still continue to do this. How do you do this on a daily basis?
  • Do you have time, knowledge, resources or abilities you can share with others in giving back the land – literally and metaphorically?

The word ‘land’ is not just a metaphor for dignity, economic stability, education etc. We need to work together to decentre settler perspectives. This work is not going to be comfortable and it’s not going to be easy but we have a lot to unlearn. People have been doing this work. Work to contribute to black-led initiatives to return not only dignity but economic sustainability and, in time, actual, honest to goodness, real fucking land. Give back the land.