MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

John Martin
Comments: 4
Article views: 2102
Latest Badges:

View all John Martin's badges.

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.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Thandolwethu Mene
South African ICC exit a step in ...

What is the International Criminal Court and what is its purpose? Read more...

0 comments 3932 views
Submitted by
Michael Mondli Hlophe
Defeating Privilege

Many sceptics will probably read the topic and move on to the next without giving the article the time of day. Privilege is however something that needs to be addressed. Read more...

0 comments 2166 views
Submitted by
Mark Nancarrow
Why I love Cambodia’s capital

There are so many reasons to hate Cambodia’s bite sized capital of Phnom Penh. Open sewers, naked children, piles of burning garbage on every street. Its a dirty, smelly, noisy amalgam. But Phnom Penh grows on you and by the time you leave it will occupy a special place in your heart. Read more...

0 comments 590 views
Submitted by
Nkanyiso Land Tumi
Fees must fall movement is unforg...

I am very shocked to see students protesting in the presence of police as if they're criminals. Read more...

0 comments 5292 views
Submitted by
De Wet Ferreira
Put the 'heal' Back into Mental H...

We all know what do when we cut or scratch ourselves, right? Our first response, without even thinking about it, is to go for the medicine cabinet – grabbing the antiseptic ointment and a plaster or two.  Read more...

0 comments 354 views
Submitted by
Colin Harding
Western cape dams are 30% lower t...

Not to understate the seriousness of the drought that South Africa is caught up in, I am a little concerned when local government state one statistic and the DWA have a different statistic. Read more...

0 comments 1448 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2016 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.