I grew up in a time when corporal punishment was still "a thing" in South Africa (I am talking mid 90s)
My dad fled his country of Portugal when he was 17yo because the fascist government was taking all the boys into the army at 18yo.
They were still fighting wars in their old African colonies...
My dad knew some Portuguese people that had moved to Sth Africa. He was able to catch a plane to Mozambique because it was Portuguese. From there he was able to sneak into Sth Africa and meet up with his friends in Pretoria. Thats where he lived and worked illegally for 10 years. It was life or death for him then and the stories that he tells are from a time and place that is hard to imagine...
He grew up in the only fascist country left in Europe, they all lived in fear. Then he moved to the most racially segregated society in the world at the time as Sth Africa was under the apartheid... He has witnessed real fascism and real racism...
So all this talk of "anti-fascism" and "systemic racism" that we hear today is a joke really. Not in the USA or the UK or here.
What is it like in Sth Africa now? Which area are you from?
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