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Misconceptions on racism in South Africa

11 June 2014, 13:02

Esethu Hasane recently wrote an article titled: "Racist whites no longer offend me, but blacks do".

I saw the heading and thought, wow this must be something good. Then I started reading the article and it was quite sad to see how the author still looks at our SA society as us and them.

Firstly I just wish to mention that as a white person I have an African female friend that used to be my co worker but still work in the same environment. We talk about these things quite often and she like many others agree that there's still a misperception that blacks can't be racist.

Mr Hasane neglect to admit the short comings of Africans in this regard as well, where we've experienced racism across the board, blacks included. We are all the same, black, white, coloured and indian. So how is it possible that only one race can be racist and not the other.

So Mr. Hasane as a young black person, I've got news for you. It is possible for blacks to be racist as well and it's indeed A FACT THAT BLACKS ARE JUST AS MUCH RACISTS LIKE ANY OTHER GROUP in SA. Whenever someone of the same race tend not to agree with the mainstream argument of that particular race, we all want to make him out as a coconut(blacks)or a hanskakie(white) or a sell out (colourds), etc. 

We need to excel and rise above that type of thinking, but it can only happen if there's a definite willingness to do so. What we're also still struggling with in the modern SA is the manner in which different cultures act and think . Sometimes it's not the skin colour but the culture we're struggling with.

Like the bible says our struggle is not against flesh and blood.........we can relate by completing the phrase...........its not against the skin color but against the culture. We perceive certain things in different ways according to our believe and culture and that's where most of the problems originate.

The cartoon issue according to white, indian and coloured outlooks are not perceived as racist, but most Africans do see it as such. And that's where I believe we're still struggling -  the specific viewpoint of our people in the different cultures.

The solution???.........I believe extensive diversity training where we need to understand one another and not only one group demanding certain things, without being willing to provide something back. Further than that we will keep on struggling with these issues if we don't address it effectively over time.

He's viewpoint isn't factual at all, has never been researched in any way, but still this inaccurate stance and his misperception of reality is printed as the alpha and omega of modern day SA.

If we're all equal as we so much want to claim, then surely there's good and bad in everyone, irrespective of colour and creed and we should not be allowed to make such bias claims which could further damaged the image of this wonderful country.

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