Exploiting an Afrikans culture is not as simple as saying, “We’re Afrikang!”—it requires not just an open mind and an open heart, but also an open soul, says Dr. Daniel Lohr, a sociologist at King’s College London.
Lohar, who specializes in the intersection of racism and media, says the Afrikahans have long been seen as a “black culture” and that, for many, that is still true.
But, he says, the recent rise in the number of white journalists working in the country is raising eyebrows and sparking conversations about how to better serve this diverse and multiracial population.
“The issue is how do we engage the wider population?” he says.
“It’s not as if we’ve completely abandoned the Afrikaans.
It’s important to speak to them.”
Dr. Lahr says the issue of how to best engage Afrikas has been around for decades.
But he says there are still many Afrikanos who don’t feel comfortable speaking up, and they’re not alone.
“Many Afrikanners are worried about their futures,” says Lohy.
If they can’t talk to the British government, how can they talk to us?” “
But we have to work with the AfrAsians.
If they can’t talk to the British government, how can they talk to us?”
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