Herkies Ethan Chellan

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Am I Racist If I Dream of a White Christmas?

Ethan Chellan:

I think it’s about culture, the culture of melanin. Next thing you know, they’ll be saying that Superman is too white. Or Spiderman, or Batman, or King Arthur, or…PLEASE STOP ME! Brilliant Post !!

Originally posted on conTIMplating:

Evidently writing about racism is like working for the CIA:  just when I thought I was done and out, they pull me back in.  Race, racism, race baiting, race profiling, race walking, race horses, race for the cure, emb-race the suck—enough already!  It’s time that we as a culture dug deep, looked within, and somehow found the strength to stop being so stupid.

The latest manufactured media hullabaloo is about the race of Santa Claus.  That’s right, Santa Claus.  And it all started with Slate blogger Aisha Harris.

Who?

Exactly.

Aisha got everybody riled up by saying that Santa should be a penguin.

A what?

Exactly.

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Interview: Keeping it real

A couple of weeks ago I got interviewed by Mr. I. Europa of Cape Winelands Education. Here is the conversation:

 1. Does it bother you when people ask you about your private life?

Not really, there is nothing to hide.

2. Who’s really hiding behind that smile?

I’m just a quiet person and I don’t keep up with trivialities. I’m a bit serious with a good sense of humor.

3. What inspires you to get up every morning?

I am part of the youth, the future and I have a role to play. My grandfather, mother and father is my great source of inspiration. You can always draw on the wisdom of elders. Every day is a challenge. My surname says it all [Chellan :D ]. I take the ‘chellanges’ of life as it comes. There are opportunities for everyone.

Picture: citrusheights.net

4. Who or what irritates you the most?

People who complain about everything and people who give up easily. If you dream, you can achieve anything. I get terribly angry at people who blame their bad choices on their circumstances and people who throw their opportunities away.

5. Was the prize by chance or one of your dreams?

It was a team effort and we have certainly entered to possibly win the prize. Yet it was a pleasant surprise when my school informed me.

6. The perception of the youth is: casual e-freaks! Is this true?

Modern technology requires people to stay abreast of world events. Technology is necessary for academic growth and development. I blog, tweet and participate in modern communications that is required for our challenging technological lifestyle.

7. What do you think should be taboo for the youth?

Drugs, alcohol, irresponsible sex and especially the hookah are very disgusting.

8. You have embarked 2011 fearlessly? Is there something that scares you?

The future is always dark. Hard times are always there; especially the unknown university life is quite scary.

Picture: navneetsinghchauhan.blogspot.com

9. Future plans?

Medical doctor first and I want to work in public hospitals. The politics inspire me, maybe president. [Joke]
I would like to create a website that can serve as a fund for  cancer sufferers and perhaps, if possible, a clinic for the underprivileged.
I would like to help the unemployed to a piece of bread on the table. The issue of racial discrimination irritates me terribly, I want to help make democracy really working.

10. After successes in recent years, especially about your writing and involvement in the school newspaper, is a new target in your sight?

I would like to write articles as a freelance journalist. Despite many criticisms, I will continue to blog about current issues, especially around choices in life, politics, sport and just about anything.

11. What would you cut from your life?

People who mock and discourage others.

 
12. Something positive for your friends …

There are about 8 billion people in the world. Everyone can do something out of their lives.Be positive, keep your willpower and dream your dreams. Live your life fully. Our specie is boundless.

Make everyday a Mandela Day

Mr. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to fight for the rights of humanity for 67 years. He is a true inspiration, leader, peacemaker, icon…

The Nelson Mandela Day was launched to encourage people around the world to take 67 minutes of their time to do good. The objective is to inspire people to change the world, and to help making it a better place for all.

“There is nothing more important in life than giving.”- Nelson Mandela

This day is truly special, because we also celebrate Madiba’s birthday and legacy. If all 6.95 billion humans living on earth participate, miracles will surely happen. If everybody stand together and do something for a worthy cause we will change the way we live forever.

67 WAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD:

Think of others

1. Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background.
2. Offer to take an elderly neighbour who can’t drive to do their shopping/chores.
3. Organise a litter cleanup day in your area.

Help out for good health
4. Get in touch with your local HIV organisations and find out how you can help.
5. Help out at your local hospice, as staff members often need as much support as the patients.

Become an educator
6. Offer to help out at your local school.
7. Mentor a school leaver or student in your field of expertise.

Help those living in poverty
8. Clean out your cupboard and donate the clothes you no longer wear to someone who needs them.
9. Put together food parcels for a needy family.

Look after your environment
10. Donate indigenous trees to beautify neighbourhoods in poorer areas.
11. Collect old newspapers from a school/community centre/hospital and take them to a recycling centre.

I’m spreading the word-The full list is on www.madeladay.com

Mr. Mandela is turning 93 tomorrow (18 July) and I hope he lives many more years.
We can change the world, but it is all up to us. Let us strive and make everyday a Mandela Day!

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