I think this poem ” nothings changed” is about certain individuals who are confused and angry because they are unsure of what culture they are from. I think the poem feels injustice that district 6 was cleared to make room for the whites. District six is the name of an urban district in the slopes of table mountain, which holds particular significance for south Africans, and especially for cape towns “coloured” population.
By the 1950’s District six was becoming more crowded, and was strictly committed to a policy called apartheid or racial segregation. In 1966 Cape town then became an area for whites only, and blacks where only allowed in certain places, they where never allowed in the same places a the white population. People obviously thought this was not fair and many protests against this law were put forward, but unfortunately ignored. When this was happening the poet was a young boy, he felt intense anger for this and rage at this cruel injustice.
The historical influences provides this poem with what district six is like today compared to what it was like For example The name of the poem being “Nothings changed” This simply suggests what’s it says that nothings changed since he lived there as a boy, to know him going back and reliving his past also the quote ” hands burn for a stone a bomb to shiver down the glass nothings changed” also by him saying ” No board says it is, but my feet know and my hands” this quote suggests that he has been there before. You know the poet feels angry by him saying ” the hot white inwards turning anger of my eyes.
Also you can tell that the poet is angry the way he uses language, for example “Brash with glass name flaring like a flag”. In this poem the poet uses some contrasting images which are ” linen falls” this basically means linen falls from the table and this stanza is used in the poem to describe and compare a rich restaurant for whites compared to a poor what for black also ” spit a little on the floor” is what they expect the black population don’t expect anything more, because this is how they have to live. The poet expresses intense anger and upset and rage at the cruel justice made.
I think the poet has a right to feel this injustice, and anger about the situation about where he used to live, no one should have to live in a place where the colour of your skin matters or where your parents happen to come from, culture and race shouldn’t come into it, after all its not that, that matters they shouldn’t decide your future, or they shouldn’t not decide or affect what type of person you are or peoples prospective on you as a person. The poet would like to just break the glass and break the division of black and whites.