When Daniel, in the Bible, was captured by King Nebuchadnezzar, they made him eat their food, speak their language, follow their religion and gave him a local name – to disempower him. Like Daniel, I see no need to blend in: I love ‘braaivleis en pap met suiker’ (Namibia’s staple food), speaking Afrikaans (my mother tongue), living the family values I came here with (though some people may see my taking on domestic violence, legal abuse and dirty politics as ungodly) and using my real name (not Sue as many prefer to call me). I am not mono-cultural though, but very intercultural acknowledging the best and worst of all cultures. So many people say that they are not racist; however, look at the people sitting around your kitchen table and that will tell whether you are racist or not. I am of the opinion that I contribute to New Zealand by embracing my roots; not by abandoning them. Also, if one is unable to appreciate one’s shadow, how can one be a human being? I wanted to go on an overseas experience to Seoul and decided to sell a great piece of African art, an oil painting by Nyambega Ochieng from Kenya; fortunately, no New Zealand art shop or gallery was prepared to even try to sell it on my behalf. I now have it in storage for my children, along with a few antiques more than a century old, having been passed on to me through my bloodline - the items I packed when I fled the family home overnight never to be allowed again to return to pack the rest of my belongings of a lifetime. Though I do not understand much of rugby, I still have Namibia as my A team, the Springboks as my B team and the All Blacks as my C team; why do I have to cross over when rivalry makes the heart grow stronger. I played Netball at school and university and coached it when I was a teacher and later as a parent coach in New Zealand; now I enjoy cheering my daughter’s netball team on.
Having run in three elections now, I know how mainstream media simply refuse to give any exposure to the 3Ds (Disadvantaged, Disengaged, Disempowered) choosing their top horses and giving them so much free publicity while others have to pay for every letter or are ignored. And when they do write a few words about you it comes with total misunderstanding as of course they did not bother to find out or check with you. That is why, this time, I am writing this daily blog, to have at least one place where people can work out for themselves who I am and what I stand for. I was also on just about every social media platform but vacated them about a year ago to clear the clutter and make room for launching GOLORE and now, also my fresh political campaign. I have now decided on twitter only, as one place where I will interact with my followers. I previously took part in another blog but exited shortly afterwards as that is really a platform for people who refuse to make an informed debate but go only for personal attacks with no substance; probably their only way to get rid of anger over other things in their lives. Within my blogging, people are encouraged to comment; however, I maintain the right to delete any comment which is only a dirty attack with no grounds. I am a person who actually thrives being challenged on my perspectives as long as people remember that just as my views are only my views so their views are only their views. There comes a time in any debate where one has to say, let us agree to disagree – this does not imply conceding defeat, in fact, it is a very healthy state of respecting each other. My blog is, for me, the voice of the ant against the elephant – when a few ants have gathered the elephant will be in trouble indeed. [Not having a voice, is one of the reasons why so many people suffer some form of mental instability – a comment in addition to the previous blog.] So I invite you to make thoughtful comments, share my blogs and follow me on twitter. And to meet me in person, come to a campaign event.