Blogger and influencer Sarah Langa Mackay said on Wednesday she hates when people choose racial categories on behalf of others.
I dont knw where ppl get the right to be labeling other people black, white or coloured. It's none of ur business boo! And anyway who cares?— Sarah Langa Mackay (@sarahlanga) February 22, 2017
Judging from the gifs and memes in response to the post, her mentions were likely a mess within minutes, with people appearing to be quite confused by what she was saying.
Fans of TV series "Atlanta" would appreciate this meme of Paper Boi appearing on the "Montague" show looking unimpressed. In an insert on that same episode, a black teenager explained how he was "transracial", and identified as a 35-year-old white man.
OK, so back to Mackay: it all started with a tweet about the word "slaying", which she feels is problematic.
I hate this "slaying" concept! It makes us believe that to feel worthy u must be better than every1 else, even it it means bringing ppl dwn.— Sarah Langa Mackay (@sarahlanga) February 20, 2017
Who are u slaying against? Life is nt a competition, dnt value urself against others. Ur value should be limitless, nt determined by slaying— Sarah Langa Mackay (@sarahlanga) February 20, 2017
Of course, Mackay is allowed to change her mind on concepts just like anyone else but the Twitter investigation unit is always ready to pull out the files. This user, who goes by Z, extracted this tweet from January where Mackay used the word herself.
So wait what does she mean? pic.twitter.com/eRAPdFrc3a— Z. (@Zuryism) February 21, 2017
Of course, she clapped back quickly.
YES SO WHAT?!? Now I hate it! What's your point smarty? https://t.co/exg5scYKRh— Sarah Langa Mackay (@sarahlanga) February 21, 2017
Then came this...
Followed by this...
And then it was downhill from there. Mackay called out this person for calling her black without knowing for sure that she is.
Im black really? I have no time for ppl who know absolutely nothing about me tell me what racial category I fall under! https://t.co/I2gUheknyh— Sarah Langa Mackay (@sarahlanga) February 22, 2017
Which then brought us back to the first tweet about it being nobody's business what race anyone else is. Mackay ends that tweet with "and anyway who cares?". In a country where race is what determined our social standing for 100s of years and still does, everyone should care.
Fatima then asked an important question about being mixed and what box people check in South Africa, because there isn't one.
There is no racial catagory for us and that's exactly my point, I can't have ppl that know nothing about my race tell me what I am. https://t.co/xPBtPn7prb— Sarah Langa Mackay (@sarahlanga) February 22, 2017
When asked what box her parents ticked as a child she responded "other". Her last tweet on the matter was:
Since you guys are so smart, tell me what race am I? Or should I host a meet and greet so that you can all stick pencils in my hair?— Sarah Langa Mackay (@sarahlanga) February 22, 2017
So of course, people did not tell her what race they thought she was but rather, what race she had previously stated she was.
Last year, she and her businessperson husband, Jehan Mackay had a traditional wedding where she donned a modern take on the Swazi cultural print.
The files were again grabbed from the cabinet:
- There was the time she identified with being black when she was joking about us posing with trees.
I wonder when Sarah Langa stopped being Black and started being "Other".I really wonder yazi.The 4th frame is my reaction to this whole mess pic.twitter.com/xQ3a1wFSGl— Amanda (@amanda_mpedi) February 22, 2017
- Then when she argued with a Twitter user who said True Love magazine hates black people. She said they treated her, a black woman, with respect.
Sarah Langa I'm confused 🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/Oz1IElYlOC— Ntombi (@Ntombibless2) February 22, 2017
- Then there was this tweet, which is offensive and confusing.
Well. Now we don't know. Is she black or nah?