What is the Great White Tribe?
Great White Tribe is a title which is partly tongue in cheek. It aims to celebrate the humanity, art, resourcefulness, inventiveness & humour that can only be fully appreciated by people who lived through this peculiar era in recent history.
Today, it’s hard to imagine a time when teenagers fought wars, censorship & propaganda were seldom questioned & songs/books/plays & people could be banned, burned or detained. Road block delays were factored into road trips as naturally as loo breaks. Sportsmen couldn’t compete abroad, international bands stopped touring, banks & factories left the high streets.
This was also a time of great innovation, art, culture & camaraderie. Society was coming of age, with all the angst, passion, confusion & energy that goes with it. Food imports stopped, so recipes got better. The country started making its own music, cars & even fuel.
Each country followed its own route to freedom. In South Africa, the white voters finally had their say on 17 March 1992. The question was:
Do you support continuation of the reform process which the State President began on 2 February 1990 and which is aimed at a new Constitution through negotiation?
1,924,186 or 68.73% white voters said YES, thus ending the old regime & reuniting the country with the rest of the world & with each other.
Saffer, SAFA, Rhodie, Zimbo ..
I took my husband to meet my Aunt Bette up in Scotland. She was 92 at the time, & we had a wonderful afternoon chatting, laughing, & sipping on the local water of life. Hubby got up to refill the glasses, & while he was out of earshot, my aunt leaned in closer to me & asked, “So where does he belong?”
I avoided the question because I had no short answer for her. We had a delightful visit that day in Fife, listening to old family tales told in a house in an area where my family had lived from at least the 1500’s. We parted, & went back to our lives, but I have often thought some questions do need answering. Maybe this website will help me do that.
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