Barend is passionate about Race Relations and tries to bring different groupings of people together. For him the whole incident was about better race relations in South Africa. "It took the sting out of the race debate and changed the narrative into an academic debate about freedom of expression versus the right to protect someone's dignity."
He firmly believes that good relations is not a given and that it should be managed all the time. "I think we are making progress, but we all have a responsibility to work towards it. We have to be very sensitive towards other cultures and it is so important to talk about this issue."
"Every year I choose a specific route into Africa and travel by local transport to different countries. It gives me the opportunity to experience the world." You can follow his travels by connecting to Barend on his facebook page here "The reason I travel is because people are so different."
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