I am NOT racist – I am South African
I for one could care less as to how people word the lingo to express a closet feeling of discontent rather than elaborate on obvious diction that their sole focus in life is to put down blacks.
I am not responding to the article: “I am racist”; however the writer was pretty smart in making an assumption that there are not ignorant or stupid people other than black people, yes her teller happened to be black; so did her employee; and the littering pig as well as the taxi driver. Obviously this is a fragrant attempt at a lie; you really have only seen black people do this. Seriously; in our country she has only had black people around her and she has never seen any other race do any of these things?
Anyway; that question will go unanswered because it’s apparent she is being dishonest. The reality about her feelings and those who replied to her is that they have no understanding about their country. You see people like her go home and sit on their internet and somehow believe that their role in society is to point out all die swartgevaar does wrong. Yes much of the problems of this country are black related; just like much of the problems in china are Chinese related; because they are the larger population in china and blacks are the largest population is SA. However where the other countries easily trump South Africa is because of their ability to identify with themselves. In SA you’re either black; colored; white; Indian; koi-koi etc. Then you’re either English; Zulu; Afrikaans; Xhosa; Pedi; Tsonga; Venda; Sotho (north or south) Ndebele; Swati; Tswana (apologies if I have left out some groups) my point is that we do not identify ourselves as South Africans.
The I am racist writer clearly makes the attempt to reiterate her being white; then of course immediately you’ve drawn a line in the sand that you’re not the rest; and so the rest react and defend their ethnicity or race. When the taxi drivers strike; they are identified as the Zulu’s and thus they defend their ethnic and or clan belonging. Imagine if the writer had simply spoken and identified herself as a South African; I doubt she would have received a black reaction of defence; she could have easily received an applaud from everyone because it’s a South African challenge rather than a white complaint about blacks. As a South African I care not which race feels they are the wiser; what I do know is that with our continued divisive speech; we are not taking South Africa forward. Someday when we are just too tired of pointing the fingers from our living rooms; we may ask ourselves if we could have done more to be part of the nation rather than the armchair critics we have lived our lives as.