By Pinky Khoabane
I had it all set up last night – all written up. A little message to UnCensored readers saying I was taking time off to deal with pressing personal matters. I was going to wake up this morning and simply press the button “publish”.
As I always do, I start my morning with checking my email inbox.
And in there was an email from the name Craig Williamson. Immediately I thought, as the young ones say: It’s about to get Lit.
I stopped dead in my tracks and thought I might just press the email and my laptop would explode and blow me up with it. This is not a name you muck about with. Curiosity got the better of me as it always has in my career, without which I wouldn’t do the work that I do.
When I wrote a weekly column for the Sunday Times I used to get the most vile and racist letters, parcels, books. But I can never forget the reader that used to take time to cut out my picture and scribble in thick red cocky pen all over it and send me pages and pages of this…..continuously. I suppose he used red cocky to depict blood and the aim was to put fear in me.
Despite warnings not to open some of these letters and parcels for fear they could have been sent by the likes of Williamson – who blew-up political activists with letter bombs and the like – curiosity would get the better of me and I would open. One day I received a book from an elderly Afrikaaner woman who said she absolutely adored my work and gave me the book as a sign of appreciation. I was overwhelmed. It is not everybody whose heart is filled with hatred and the colour of their skin doesn’t always dictate their views on life. I never read the book.
And so when I received emails that looked like they could come from a 464 Scam like the one of a black man who had invented Please Call Me or Blacks who were milling corn into maize and were being ripped off by whites, I always allowed my curiosity to lead me…..and often I found the story to be factual.
I’m here writing this to you….Craig Williamson’s email didn’t blow me up. It was actually OKAY.
I do however have to take time off to attend to personal matters.
In that time, I will come to UnCensored once or twice a day to check on your comments and contributions and make the necessary posts. I will also attempt to write and source articles of mutual interest to ensure we keep the momentum going.
As the young ones say: peace out homies!