Extract from Nik Rabinowitz’s Youngsters Series Book: A Long Walk to a Free Ride
In this extract from South Africa: A Long Walk to a Free Ride, part of The Youngsters series, Nik Rabinowitz explains that the hardest thing about South African history is getting people to agree on it. Rabinowitz goes back millions of years to help today’s youth understand the country’s history, starting with the “tiny, hairy hominids roaming the West Rand of Joburg”:
‘Oh great,’ you’re probably thinking, ‘a history lesson. I have bigger things to worry about. Why should I care about ancient history when the present is changing all the time?’
Our generation is all about change: regime changes, party changes, road name changes, province changes, Facebook status update changes. History books get changed according to who is in power, so we don’t know where we’re coming from.
Newspapers are censored and sanitised, so we don’t know where we stand. Twitter and Facebook are no use because they are full of people who lie and can’t spell.