I love this land,
This land of my birth,
This wild and beautiful land,
This land of promise
With the hidden potential
To become another Eden
(the garden, I mean);
This land of plenty
Whose animals reflect
Its human inhabitants –
The strength of the lion and leopard
And the overt power of the elephant,
Rhino, hippo and buffalo,
The grace and sensitivity of the deer,
But humans can be subverted
Where animals cannot.
I pray Lord that You choose
Strong and powerful leaders
With moral courage and integrity
To lead us back on the path
To the fulfilment of Your dream
For this our land, our Rainbow Nation.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is credited with coining the phrase Rainbow Nation.
Rainbow Nation is a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa, after South Africa’s first fully-democratic election in 1994.
The phrase was elaborated upon by President Nelson Mandela in his first month of office, when he proclaimed: “Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”
The many migrations that formed the modern Rainbow Nation.
The term was intended to encapsulate the unity of multi-culturalism and the coming-together of people of many different nations, in a country once identified with the strict division of white and black.
In a series of televised appearances, Tutu spoke of the ‘Rainbow People of God’. As a cleric, this metaphor drew upon the Old Testament story of Noah’s Flood, and its ensuing rainbow of peace. Within South African indigenous cultures, the rainbow is associated with hope and a bright future (as in Xhosa culture).
The secondary metaphor the rainbow allows is more political. Unlike the primary metaphor, the room for different cultural interpretations of the colour spectrum is slight. Whether the rainbow has Newton’s seven colours, or five of the Nguni (i.e., Xhosa and Zulu) cosmology, the colours are not taken literally to represent particular cultural groups. The implied rhetoric avoids direct reference to colour in the sense of race (especially when acknowledging that natural rainbows have neither white nor black, the two race-associative colours). The colours are simply said to symbolise the diversity of South Africa’s usually unspecified cultural, ethnic or racial groups.