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Identity and belonging Quotes

"It takes a village to raise a child."- Old proverb.

“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”Oscar Wilde

“If you understood everything I said, you’d be me”Miles Davis

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”Mahatma Gandhi

"Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and believe?"- Scott Turow

"My identity began with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't, end there. At least, that's what I choose to believe." - Barrack Obama

"Never forget what you are, for surelythe world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." - George R Martin


Quotes from Skin

Sandra: Why are they all staring?

Sandra: I’m not black.

Principal: Sandra does not belong here.

Abraham Laing: Sandra is special...A brave, intelligent...child.

Sandra: What did I do wrong?

Principal: Ask your parents.

Abraham Laing: I’m going to get her re-classified white

Sannie Laing: How will that change the colour of her skin?

Abraham Laing: I’m doing it for her

Court clerk: The definition of white a person who is generally accepted as a white perso

Sannie Laing: What does it matter what a piece of paper says?

Abraham Laing: I’m going to take this lying down...I’ll take on the whole bloody government if I need to.

Abraham Laing: She’s white again.

Sandra: Do you love me? Look at me, what do you see? Pa, I’m not white. That’s what those white boys want...

Sannie Laing: I wanted her to have a life.

Sannie Laing: You can’t help what you are born with, but you can help what you become!

Sannie Laing: You know what keeps me awake at night? Maybe she made the right choice.

Petrus: In your head, you’re still white!

Petrus: Her skin is a curse.

Daughter: What’s wrong with us? Aren’t we enough?

Sandra: You never stop wanting your parents. They’re part of who you are.

Sannie: You weren’t the only one who suffered.

Source: "Skin"  Director Anthony Fabian, 2008


Skin - Trailer


Apartheid in South Africa



The United Nations has created a timeline of the events associated with Apartheid in South Africa.

Study Guides


Interview with Sandra Laing

Skin, this article by Willliam Gooch is and interview that he has with Sandra Liang and Director of the film, Skin, Anthony Fabian. The article appeared in Old Stage and Cinema, November 1, 2009.


Sandra Laing: A Spiritual Journey - South Africa


People's Issue with identity and belonging.

The people listed below are famous and have made their mark on the world. Explore individuals that may have influenced the world but are less recognised. Also consider people you know personally who may have influenced your identity and belonging.

Rosa Parks

Nelson Mandela

Martin Luther King Jnr

Adolf Hitler

Osama Bin Laden

Barrack Obama

Benazir Bhutto


The Help - a comparison

"The Help" shows the struggle of African- American women in racist and segregated 1960's southern USA. It also shows how powerless we can feel when those in charge seem too powerful.


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