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EMELINE FABRE MURDEY: REVERSE TACTICS (article first published : 2000-05-7)

Hello ArtSmart

How different life would be if we could simply enjoy people for their talent, expertise, being! My husband and I have spent many a conversation ranting about how 'un-free' this place, the United States, is. There are Black Actors' Guilds, “African-American” Performers recognition, and the like but always there is the 'struggle for equality' that must be fought! “Black Culture” is in your face, but without consideration for any other.

am seen here as a Black or African-American but because my accent is not American and I have some language skills I encounter cold hostility because I am “different.” It has even been suggested that my passport is fake! My “inter-racial” marriage is a cop-out but tolerable because I am a “foreigner”! It is here that I see that we as South Africans have grown that much more and we the masses (that vast, colorless pool of wisdom and talent) go beyond the nationality issues and color issues.

Once the novelty of “reverse tactics” has worn off (and it will not take too long) color will be the glass over the picture and we will be able to teach the world about tolerance, honesty and most of all, talent! As a formerly-known-as-colored South African, I look forward to that day and my effort towards it is to raise my son to understand and know that the only barriers we encounter are the ones we build.

Emeline Fabre Murdey (former Durban actress now living in USA)




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