De Kock Talks About Growing Up in a Mixed-Race Family
De Kock shared his family history as a way of explaining his own journey to comprehend the difficulties of race in South Africa. “Until recently, I have kept a low profile on this really important subject. But for some reason, I feel the need to elaborate. For those who do not know, my parents and grandparents were both white and African-American.
My stepmother is Black, whereas my half-sisters are both colored. Since the day I was born, the lives of Black people have been important to me. For no other reason than there was a worldwide uprising. In the end, what matters most is the rights and equality of all individuals. We were taught as children that everyone has rights, and those rights matter.”
“I felt like it took away the meaning when you are told what to do without any debate. Instead of taking the knee and telling the truth, I lied, which is bad since it does not help develop a better society.”