PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Aayesha Soni
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 7
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Aayesha Soni's badges.
 

Racism in 2012: Still an Axis of Evil

27 June 2012, 11:44
In 2012 one would have thought that racism and other such inherently evil ideologies would have ceased to exist in our societies. We live in the supposed free world and pride ourselves on our inalienable human rights afforded to us by international human rights declarations, and ‘progressive’ constitutions. However, events within the past month alone serve to dispel this myth quite drastically and have proven that racism is still very much engrained within the mindset of our society. What makes the situation even scarier is that these bigots are not ashamed to openly display their racism, obviously thinking that their absurd notion of discrimination is justified.

The Euro 2012 tournament has captured the attention of not only Europe, but the entire world. People have been avidly discussing its progress and how their favourite teams have advanced. However, what many people have failed to acknowledge, perhaps because it is easier to enjoy the tournament rather than focus on its ills, is that open and vile racism has plagued these games.  Concerns of racism at Euro 2012 were fuelled by a British television program, entitled "Stadiums of Hate," showing discrimination and violence at recent club matches in Poland and Ukraine. This nightmare only became a reality as racism marred the Netherlands' preparations for its opening match against Denmark.  After spectators made monkey noises at players during a squad practice in Krakow, Poland, the tournament was off to a sour start. Mario Balotelli, an Italian striker, couldn’t escape the assault either as he had to endure racial abuse from Croatian fans when his country played against them, including having a banana thrown at him. Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was a victim at the hands of the Russian fans. With the only action UEFA capable of meting out is fines to the respective football associations, it makes one wonder if Europe ever did emerge from the Dark Ages. The evidence suggests not.

The second obvious display which left me shocked is that seen in Israel against its African immigrants. Starting a year ago, Israel’s anti-African protests turned into fully fledged race riots last month. Dictated by a series of fire bombings of apartments and a nursery school in an area in which African migrants live, other offences include shops run by or serving migrants being smashed and looted in violent demonstrations. Several Africans were even attacked. South Africa saw its own share of xenophobia in 2007/8, however, what makes the situation in Israel even more flammable is the reaction of its government. Instead of trying to diffuse the situation and promote tolerance, they have been explicitly vocal in their support and even propagation of such racism. This has been exhibited by prohibiting migrants from living in the country, revoking permission to work in the country and the worst step- passing legislation to that effect. The Prevention of Infiltration Law allows asylum seekers to be imprisoned for up to three years just for entering Israel. They have also embarked on building the world’s largest detention centre to detain migrants and asylum speakers. Statements coming from members of parliament concerning these “infiltrators” (what African immigrants are referred to) have been astonishing to say the least, with one of the most racist comments coming from Israel's Interior Minister, Eli Yishai:  "The infiltrators [African immigrants] along with the Palestinians will quickly bring us to the end of the Zionist dream…we don't need to import more problems from Africa… [They] think the country doesn't belong to us, the white man."

As South Africans, we are acutely aware of the depraved practise and ideology of racism and how it has the potential to obliterate all tolerance within a population. I was even more flabbergasted then to find out that a group of settlers of the illegal colony of Susya, Israel, who regularly attack the native Palestinian population of the South Hebron hills in some of the most horrendous manners, are not Ashkenazi Europeans. They are Afrikaaners who, after the end of apartheid in South Africa, moved to Israel and converted to Judaism to steal Palestinian land and continue to practice their racist ideologies.

Racism is a cancer which destroys the very fabric of our society. With such blind and unwarranted hate in the world we live in today, I will be ashamed to tell my children about the actions of my fellow human beings.

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.

 

24.com 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
9 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Graeme Long
The new battle lines of SA: Urban...

First it was British vs Boer, then black vs white, now it’s urban modernists vs rural African traditionalists.  Read more...

0 comments 1234 views
Submitted by
Sipho James Xesha
Initiation a sacred ritual

Speaking as umXhosa, the current (June) month is the season for orthodox spiritual orientation of the young Xhosa male. No other point in the celestial calendar marks this auspicious socio-spiritual occasion but this one. Read more...

0 comments 138 views
Submitted by
Khaya Tyatya
Transformation is an integral par...

The MTT would have failed in its task if it does not come up with a clearly articulated, practical and “unapologetic” human resource development plan that will fundamentally transform the university system in the next five years and beyond. Read more...

0 comments 193 views
Submitted by
Sane Sunyshine Sihiya
Mmusi Maimane: Do you have power?

I judged you. I felt, you were being silly! Cheese boy vibes. Those educated sounding blacks who speak English very well and sound absolutely smart at the expense of trading in their identity. Read more...

0 comments 215 views
Submitted by
Budiriro Peter Moyo
Hunting for radical economic tran...

It is one of the most famous statement of our current time in South Africa right now - Radical Economic Transformation (RET). Yet elusive to those that seek it. A political gimmick? What does it mean? Read more...

0 comments 134 views
Submitted by
Sanele Sano Ngcobo
All South African cars should hav...

Make it illegal for any civilian car to have a maximum speed of 120km/h. As soon as the cars are manufactured or imported to SA, they should have a maximum speed of 120km/h. Read more...

0 comments 302 views
 

services

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
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.